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Rethinking water: a CAAS (city as a spaceship) design approach. (2017)
Conference Proceeding
FAIRBURN, S., IMHOF, B. and MOHANTY, S. 2017. Rethinking water: a CAAS (city as a spaceship) design approach. In Di Lucchio, L., Imbesi, L. and Atkinson, P. (eds.) Design for next: proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design conference, 12-14 April 2017, Sapienza, Italy. Design journal [online], 20(Supplement 1), pages S1904-S1915. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352708

Water is ubiquitous and essential, yet we struggle to understand it from a systems perspective. Water is a terrestrial closed-loop system involving individuals, communities, cities and geographies, and as such, might it serve as a metaphor for sustai... Read More about Rethinking water: a CAAS (city as a spaceship) design approach..

Space4Inspiration: survival lab: designing countermeasures for natural disasters. (2017)
Conference Proceeding
DOMINONI, A., QUAQUARO, B. and FAIRBURN, S. 2017. Space4Inspiration: survival lab: designing countermeasures for natural disasters. In Di Lucchio, L., Imbesi, L. and Atkinson, P. (eds.) Design for next: proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design conference, 12-14 April 2017, Sapienza, Italy. Design journal [online], 20(Supplement 1), pages S1927-S1937. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352710

The advances made for spaceflight have influenced almost every aspect of modern life on Earth through spin-off technologies. Looking at the space environmental context and crew dynamics, we can gain insight and inspiration into how to manage stressfu... Read More about Space4Inspiration: survival lab: designing countermeasures for natural disasters..

Spheres of practices for the co-design of wearables. (2016)
Journal Article
FAIRBURN, S., STEED, J. and COULTER, J. 2016. Spheres of practices for the co-design of wearables. Journal of textile design research and practice [online], 4(1), pages 85-109. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/20511787.2016.1255445

As expectations within the area of smart textiles increasingly become informed and driven by technological developments, the disciplinary boundaries and relationship between user and technological innovation will unavoidably transform. The authors ve... Read More about Spheres of practices for the co-design of wearables..

In pursuit of the voices within social design discourse. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
BUGALI, H., FAIRBURN, S. and HALSALL, R. 2016. In pursuit of the voices within social design discourse. In Golchehr, S. (ed.) Proceedings of Training art and design researchers for participation in public space (TRADERS): mediations; art and design agency and participation in public space, 21-22 Nov 2016, London, UK. London: TRADERS [online], pages 163-173. Available from: http://tr-aders.eu/wp-c...ference-Proceedings.pdf

Design has expanded its scope towards social change and innovation - this is observed to a great extent in the UK in parallel with the 'Big Society', but is happening globally as well. The existing literature concentrates on practices, approaches and... Read More about In pursuit of the voices within social design discourse..

Crossing over, into and back: design disciplines and identities. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
FAIRBURN, S., HEELEY, R. and PENGELLY, J. 2016. Crossing over, into and back: design disciplines and identities. In Proceedings of the 18th International conference on engineering and product design education (E&PDE16): design education; collaboration and cross-disciplinarity, 8-9 September 2016, Aalborg, Denmark. Glasgow: The Design Society/Institution of Engineering Designers [online], pages 590-595. Available from: https://www.designsocie...ciplines_and_identities

Increasingly design education is taking place within a Krauss-ion 'expanded field' of cross disciplinary practice. This explorative nature of design, when set against notions of traditional disciplines, will ask graduates to participate with certaint... Read More about Crossing over, into and back: design disciplines and identities..

The discourse of design for social innovation. (2016)
Presentation / Conference
BUGALI, H. and FAIRBURN, S. 2016. The discourse of design for social innovation. Presented at the 8th International social innovation research conference: social innovation in the 21st century; beyond welfare capitalism, 5-7 September 2016, Glasgow, UK.

Social innovation is an interdisciplinary area, where many professionals work collaboratively towards public good. In the last decade, design practitioners in the UK have shown increasing interest in social innovation projects and much of the existin... Read More about The discourse of design for social innovation..

Impact by design: evaluating knowledge exchange as a lens for evaluating the wider impacts of a design-led business support programme. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
FREMANTLE, C., GULARI, M.N., FAIRBURN, S., HEPBURN, L.-A., VALENTINE, G. and MEAGHER, L. 2016. Impact by design: evaluating knowledge exchange as a lens for evaluating the wider impacts of a design-led business support programme. In Proceedings of the 20th Design Management Institute(DMI): academic design management conference (DMI:ADMC): inflection point: design research meets design practice, 28-29 July 2016, Boston, USA. Boston: DMI [online], pages 405-430. Available from: https://www.dmi.org/page/ADMC2016Proceedings

This paper reports on the evaluation of knowledge exchange and impact generated through Design in Action (DIA), a design-led business support approach to answering the Arts and Humanities Research Council's call for knowledge exchange hubs. Can evalu... Read More about Impact by design: evaluating knowledge exchange as a lens for evaluating the wider impacts of a design-led business support programme..

Second skin iterations: programmes and prototypes. (2015)
Conference Proceeding
STEED, J. and FAIRBURN, S. 2015. Second skin iterations: programmes and prototypes. In Britt, H., Morgan, L. and Walton, K. (eds.) Proceedings of Futurescan 3: intersecting identities, 11-12 November 2015, Glasgow, UK. Loughborough: FTC [online], pages 231-239. Available from: http://www.ftc-online.o...ublications/conference/

As an emerging area of research, blending science, technology, design: product, textiles and fashion, this paper speculates on ways to use 3D realisation and embedded technologies to address and enhance our ability to live well. There is clearly a si... Read More about Second skin iterations: programmes and prototypes..

Designing from the unfamiliar: how designing for space and extreme environments can generate spin-off and innovate product strategies. (2015)
Conference Proceeding
FAIRBURN, S. and DOMINONI, A. 2015. Designing from the unfamiliar: how designing for space and extreme environments can generate spin-off and innovate product strategies. In Valentine, L., Borja de Mozota, B., Nelson, J., Merter, S. and Atkinson, P. (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th International European Academy of Design conference (EAD 11): the value of design research, 22-24 April 2015, Paris, France. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University [online], track 16, paper 3. Available from: https://ead.yasar.edu.t...-for-Space-240315-1.pdf

We moderate our world and our interactions with objects and others through our behaviours, habitats, clothing and gadgetry. Designers seek new ways to innovate products but there is a limit to our experiences and observations of the everyday and ther... Read More about Designing from the unfamiliar: how designing for space and extreme environments can generate spin-off and innovate product strategies..

Collective futures: cultivating creative collectives. (2015)
Report
FAIRBURN, S., CHAN, R., MCGILLIVRAY, D., LIVINGSTON, B., DOCHERTY, C., ROSS, K. and KINNEAR, C. 2015. Collective futures: cultivating creative collectives. [Final Report]. Glasgow: Collective Futures.

Collective Futures was a partnership project between three highly regarded institutions operating in the creative industries: Gray's School of Art, University of The West of Scotland (UWS) and the Glasgow School of Art. The partners undertook a uniqu... Read More about Collective futures: cultivating creative collectives..

City as a spaceship. (2014)
Presentation / Conference
FAIRBURN, S., MOHANTY, S. and IMHOF, A.B. 2014. City as a spaceship. Presented at the 65th International astronautical congress (IAC), 29 September - 3 October 2014, Toronto, Canada [online]. Available from: https://iafastro.direct...owse/IAC-14/D4/2/20927/

While past visions of future cities were often inspired by space and exploration of the unknown, and thus based in science fiction, we propose future visions of the city based in science fact; that which is known and learned from our accumulated spac... Read More about City as a spaceship..

Is specialist designer an oxymoron? (2013)
Conference Proceeding
GULARI, M.N. and FAIRBURN, S. 2013. Is specialist designer an oxymoron? The value of specialisation in the design field. In Bohemia, E., Ion, W., Kovacevic, A., Lawlor, J., McGrath, M., McMahon, C., Parkinson, B., Reilly, G., Ring, M., Simpson, R. and Tormey, D. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th International on engineering and product design education conference (E&PDE13): design education - growing our future, 5-6 September 2013, Dublin, Ireland. Glasgow: The Design Society/Institution of Engineering Designers [online], pages 246-251. Available from: https://www.designsociety.org/publication/34720.

Jack-of-all-trades, master of none is a figure of speech that suits generalists well. Having special knowledge is usually confused with being an expert. Does it mean that a non-specialist or a generalist is not an expert? Curriculums of many design s... Read More about Is specialist designer an oxymoron?.

Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs. (2013)
Conference Proceeding
GULARI, M.N., FAIRBURN, S. and MALINS, J. 2013. Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs. In Proceedings of the 10th European academy of design conference (EAD 10): crafting the future, 17-19 April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lancaster: European Academy of Design [online]. Available from: http://www.trippus.se/eventus/userfiles/67134.pdf

This paper aims to understand the effectiveness of design-led methods and approaches to support small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) with innovation, and how their needs are fulfilled by support instruments through investigating the activities of... Read More about Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs..

Trust me, I am a designer: why is there a lack of trust in design expertise? (2013)
Presentation / Conference
GULARI, M.N., FAIRBURN, S. and MALINS, J. 2013. Trust me, I am a designer: why is there a lack of trust in design expertise? Presented at the 10th European Academy of Design conference (EAD 10): crafting the future, 17-19 April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The design field has broadened to include a wide range of design interventions following the promotion of concepts such as design thinking that are based on a generalist mind-set. Yet, some designers as specialist-generalists find it difficult to com... Read More about Trust me, I am a designer: why is there a lack of trust in design expertise?.

Design for social innovation and inclusion. (2013)
Presentation / Conference
CRADDOCK, C.T. and FAIRBURN, S.M. 2013. Design for social innovation and inclusion. Presented at the 10th European Academy of Design conference (EAD 10): crafting the future, 17-19 April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Designing out crime is a strategy that the UK Design Council continues to profile and support, promoting the use of design as an approach for addressing social challenges and combating crime (UK Design Council 2011). This paper considers the strategy... Read More about Design for social innovation and inclusion..

Future textile visions: smart textiles for health and wellness. (2012)
Report
MALINS, J., STEED, J., FAIRBURN, S., ROBERTSON, S., MCINTYRE, L., CRUICKSHANK, L. and SCOTT, K., 2012. Future textile visions: smart textiles for health and wellness. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University.

A report prepared for the Scottish Government on behalf of the Scottish Academy of Fashion, which examines the potential of new textiles solutions for health applications. Following a Sandpit event hosted by the Scottish Academy of Fashion on 13th an... Read More about Future textile visions: smart textiles for health and wellness..

Adopting 'Fablab' model to embed creative entrepreneurship across design program. (2012)
Conference Proceeding
PENGELLY, J., FAIRBURN, S. and NEWLANDS, B. 2012. Adopting 'Fablab' model to embed creative entrepreneurship across design program. In Buck, L., Frateur, G., Ion, W., McMahon, C., Baelus, C., de Grande, G. and Vervulgen, S. (eds.) Proceedings of the 14th International engineering and product design education conference 2012 (E&PDE12): design education for future wellbeing, 6-7 September 2012, Antwerp, Belguim. Glasgow: The Design Society/Institution of Engineering Designers [online], pages 654-658. Available from: https://www.designsocie...p_across_design_program

This paper sets out to describe and contextualize the impact a new FabLab workshop program has had on the direction and curriculum development at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University towards more clearly linking current developments in rapi... Read More about Adopting 'Fablab' model to embed creative entrepreneurship across design program..

Designing transformations: schools of excellence. (2011)
Journal Article
FAIRBURN, S.M. 2011. Designing transformations: schools of excellence. Acta astronautica [online], 69(11-12), pages 1132-1142. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.07.006

For over 50 years, including some form of Space education in school curriculum has become an established approach for inspiring young minds to study the sciences and pursue science-based careers. Space camps and schools are active all around the glob... Read More about Designing transformations: schools of excellence..

Retrofitting the International Space Station. (2009)
Book
FAIRBURN, S.M. 2009. Retrofitting the International Space Station. In Howe, A.S. and Sherwood, B. (eds.) Out of this world: the new field of space architecture. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, pages 59-70.

Crew quarters (CQ) design was key to the habitability design of Skylab, with a specific goal of providing a private space for each crewmember, who might spend 6-8 hours a day there. Despite the privacy afforded by a designated place for each crewmemb... Read More about Retrofitting the International Space Station..