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Cabinet: Connection and Collection

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Cabinet, hosted by the University of Plymouth, and the Design Knowledge Research Group in partnership with Plymouth City Museum and Archives, is a one day conference coinciding with an exhibition in Peninsula Arts Gallery. The symposium will discuss notions of heritage, place making, museums and museum/university connections and the relationship they have to design, sustainability, education and experience.

Is the best defence to funding cuts to accelerate the drive to think less about museums as places where things are kept, and more about them as places where interactive learning takes place, playing a role in a wider civic, social and economic context? Are we now shifting into an era where we move away from designing for people and towards designing with people, through active co-creation, where people are active participants in the process rather than passive test subjects or observers? And can we go further towards the emerging practice, towards designing by people? How can our museums and universities facilitate this? What can be the radical, contemporary strategies that release the historical perspectives of the architectures of the museum and refocus them towards different connections and how can the design of museums and the design of experiences contribute to this? The conference invites diverse responses from a broad range of disciplines.

Cabinet will run in conjunction with an exhibition at the Peninsula Arts Gallery featuring the work of twelve architects and designers and their responses to Plymouth City Museum and Archives. The conference proceedings will be published including insights and ideas based on the conference conversation.

Key speakers from a range of practice-based and academic backgrounds include:

  • Glen Adamson, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Lucy Bullivant, architecture curator, author and critic
  • Peter Higgins, architect and designer, Land Design
  • Neil Leach, architect, curator, writer, Professor, University of Southern California
  • Matt Hunter, designer and Chief Design Officer, the Design Council
Cabinet's conveners are Roberto Fraquelli, Professor of Design in the School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth. Peter Quinn Davis, Director of Post Graduate Progammes in Design in the School of Architecture, Design and Environment in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Plymouth, UK and Mathew Emmett, architect and conceptual artist.