Le Petit Bayle is a house in France
that was designed by Jef Smith, a member of
Kent School of Architecture's Centre for Architecture and Sustainable
Environment, as co-designer with Victoria Thornton, completed
in 2008, and which is Smith's output JS1. The range and significance of
this impact is demonstrated through its dissemination to a broad and
international audience of architects; architecture students in general;
and architectural technicians / other building and design practitioners
through a range of media. Wide coverage of the project already
demonstrates impact on the primary dissemination media for architects. In
addition, the house has been used as an exemplar project by L'Espace Info
Énergie du Conseil d'Architecture d'Urbanisme et de l'Environnement de
Midi-Pyrénées (EIE / CAUE) in France which has included study visits and
public exhibitions, reaching a wide and international variety of readers
and viewers from those with a general interest to specialists working in
related fields. The continuing research project consists not only of the
design of the house and its execution, but also of observation,
post-occupancy assessment, and the formulation for new research and design
Le Petit Bayle has been chosen as a case study by Dr Avi Friedman of the
McGill School of Architecture to
feature in his forthcoming book Sustainable Dwellings.
Work by Carmona et al has supported the national drive for better design
in the built environment, helping to mainstream ideas about the importance
of urban design and develop tools for design governance. A major strand of
this research has focused on the use and potential of design codes in
England, and has been a major contributor to their widespread adoption. As
a result, by 2012, some 45% of local authorities and 66% of urban design
consultants had used design codes.
Professor Follett's research in craft, design and business, developed
through the AHRC-funded Past-Present-Future-Craft-Practice project[2,7],
has identified the need for a national design centre. This research has
led to the development of the V&A Dundee concept, a £45m centre for
design opening 2016/17.
Follett established Design-in-Action, Knowledge Exchange Hub delivering
an innovation network, with 450 SMEs and six new products by September
2013, creating a sustainable investment portfolio and "a model of
innovation for the sector" — quote by the AHRC.
Impacts of this research consist of:
Gage's research in interactive architecture since the 1990s has
influenced the working methods of
a sizeable community of SME architectural and environmental design
practices, mainly in London,
and in some cases significantly extended the scope of their services. The
research has established
and strengthened innovative exchange between academia, professions and
creative industries and
led to the creation of a number of new specialist and award-winning design
international profiles. One of these developed intellectual property sold
in 2011 for over $15m,
while another won a RIBA National Award for design excellence in
collaboration with Bartlett staff.
The Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria, which emerged from UCL research by Cook
and Fournier, and
opened in 2003, has had a substantial and sustained impact on the city.
Indeed, it has become a
key symbol in Graz and a major contributor to tourism and increased
visitor figures due to its
innovative and iconic design. It has led the regeneration of the
once-depressed district it is located
in — a fact the city then acknowledged in its successful application to
become an UNESCO `City of
Design' in 2011. The dramatic external form and spaces within the building
groundbreaking new curatorial practices that have since been applied by
its curators elsewhere.
Research at Kingston University led by Hilary Dalke has established the
beneficial effects of colour design for application in long-term health
care environments for people with neural disabilities. This work has led
to the development of spatial design principles for improving the
experience of service users, patients and staff.
Through her consultancy work with architectural firms, individual NHS
hospitals, mental health units, independent charities and healthcare
furniture and equipment suppliers such as Hill-Rom, Dalke has influenced
their understanding of the issues involved, leading to improved design in
hospitals, care homes and day centres, with consequent benefits for
patients, staff and visitors in four institutions.
Design thinking has benefited the economic performance of business and
particularly the creative industries, changed awareness of design in
everyday life, and informed public policy. Users and consumers have
benefited from wider understanding of the genesis of products and services
and effects on their quality of life. Design thinking research has been
instrumental in forming a new business sector that provides design
thinking expertise as consultancy. It has changed the processes of
designers and design practices, and fed into UK design education policy.
Design thinking has crossed discipline boundaries; for example framing new
methods and processes in software engineering.
The i~design research programme, which has been running in the University
of Cambridge Department of Engineering (DoEng) since 2000, sought to
understand population diversity in order to better inform design decisions
for mainstream everyday products and services. Impact from this programme,
since 2008, includes: skills embedded in companies through direct training
of over 280 designers and design managers from industry; direct
involvement in the improved design of more than 10 new products and
services that have gone into production; educational resources for
teaching Design and Technology trialled in nine secondary schools; over
800 wearable impairment simulators sold; and extensive web-based guidance,
methods and tools for inclusive design accessed in over 170 countries.
In late 2010 Professor Sanderson decided to form the Flux ceramics
spin-out company at Staffordshire University in order to exploit a
significant market gap he had discovered via his KTP research project for
Aynsley China Ltd., Stoke-on-Trent. Flux has been able to exploit the
market gap discovered in a way that Aynsley China was unwilling to pursue.
Flux has produced cutting edge ceramic tableware design that has been
successful in terms of both sales and recognition as a valuable
contribution to contemporary tableware design. Flux won the Home and
Gardens Design Award in 2012.
Campbell's research on Basil Spence has delivered a reassessment of the
work and significance
of one of Britain's most important post-war architects after nearly three
decades of critical neglect.
The impacts include informing the strategies of Historic Scotland and
English Heritage for listing
and conserving historic buildings; and increasing public knowledge and
appreciation of Spence's
contribution to modern British architecture. These impacts have been
delivered to research users —
the heritage sector, managers and users of Spence's buildings, and the
general public — via public
engagement activities which comprised a touring exhibition, public
lectures, workshops and non-academic conferences; popular publications; and advice to heritage