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We are very excited to share great news!
Today our community led consortium: Studio Pop, Clyde Electronics and Dunard Primary School have received Staled Spaces award and permission to use 636 Maryhill Road site in order to develop DOT TO DOT project! Once vacant site it will be a thriving place of gathering and making! If you want to get involved please get in touch ! There will be enough room for everyone to get their hands dirty!

We are a community-led consortium between Dunard Primary School, Studio Pop C.I.C. and Clyde Electronics C.I.C. All parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which defines goals, activities and roles to be deployed in the chosen vacant site of 636 Maryhil Road. Maryhill local community, Dunard Primary School students and parents are the direct beneficiary group. The partnership group have a history in delivering similar types of community-led services throughout Glasgow. Aims/objectives. The parties shall work together to co-develop community-led activities under this agreement. No party may unreasonably withhold its approval of any particular key action. The respective rights and responsibilities of the parties are as follows:

1. Enable communities to design and establish new or enhanced services addressing ecology, deprivation and place-making
2. Support each community organisation to increase levels of economic activity, local service provision and inclusion, and enhance community resilience.
3. Accelerate the implementation of projects and services delivering longer lasting solutions that empower individuals and communities to shape their futures by involving local people in the process.
4. Foster environmental reactivation, social integration and technological innovation locally
5. Target youth, families and children, and most disadvantaged and fragile communities by boosting social inclusion
6. Deploy professional, educational and scientific joint capabilities
7. Implement a sustainable strategic green plan and design brief outlining the site-specific programme, development phases and design solutions .
These organisations are commonly interested in the reactivation of 636 Maryhill Road, unutilized gap site and also the extension towards the Canal. Activities. In doing so, we have developed a proposal called the “DOT-TO-DOT Maryhill Station”. It is a civic, educational and ecological platform that reactivates disused or underused spaces and make them greener, healthier and liveable. It enables local people be part of circular economy as well as promote new environmental and creative exchange within the community. It’s business model is time banking based on volunteering work and material donation. The consortium agrees to collaborate in the following activities:
– Ecological education, training, learning by doing and hand-on workshops
– Community garden and nature-based solutions – Eco-design, DIY, low-tech, remaking techniques and self-building solutions – Systemic design, craft and digital design and making skills
– Open laboratory and observatory for creating, testing and piloting live projects
– Research and knowledge exchange on urban regeneration, productive landscape and waste management (reuse, -repurpose and remake)
– Enhancement of the culture of remaking, time banking and circular economy
– Social development, innovation and civic engagement
– Knowledge exchange and cooperation locally Roles of consortium partners.

A. Studio Pop C.I.C.

The lead organisation is Studio Pop C.I.C., an innovative social enterprise founded by a group of ecological designers that make green spaces in our city. We design and remake ecological buildings, public art, community gardens and DIY workshops. We offer a hand-on ecological experience by regenerating urban gaps through creative eco-design and nature-based solutions, live clinic, innovative research, bespoken consultancy, remanufacturing and self-building techniques and pop-up interventions. STUDIO POP services cover the fields of adaptive urbanism, ecological landscape and design. We operate in Scotland through the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) and ambassadors network are in Scotland, Europe and recently Latin America. We work alongside municipalities, schools, housing associations, social enterprises, community gardens and other stakeholders to reactivate deprived urban areas and assist disadvantaged communities. STUDIO POP creatively transforms our built environment by offering expertise in urban design, landscape ecology, horticulture, eco-design, environmental art, service design, live workshops and research in brownfields, urban reactivation and cultural heritage. We transform industrial waste to create self-build structures, temporary gardens and open educational workshops with disadvantaged community in deprived areas, through volunteering work, material donation and public funding. The roles in the consortium are to:

– Create circular economy within local neighborhood.
– Promote waste-related educational activities and creative industry in the areas of reuse, remaking and repurposing). It includes a series of hands-on workshops to engage community and to develop skills of remaking and re-using waste and a remaking store.
– Test and pilot live projects by initiating different design and ecological projects to allow community participation.
– Lead and develop DOT-TO-DOT digital application
– To organise cultural events like pop-up cinema nights, art exhibitions, cafes, long tables, talks and etc. where students, parents, teachers and community can come to celebrate their skills and knowledge. Last November 2016, STUDIO POP obtained two prizes: (a) the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs and (b) the Young Social Innovation Scotland 2016 to develop a social and environmental model and network with green design practices in Glasgow and Barcelona. A result of this, Studio Pop C.I.C. and Clyde Electronics C.I.C. have signed a collaborative agreement to prototype DOT-TO-DOT, a social technology and mobile design service that activate site gaps. It is both a online civic platform that operates like a time-banking system by connecting local people in the culture of sharing and remaking. The DOT-TO-DOT IP/copyright is owned by Studio Pop C.I.C. This project already counts with the support of Glasgow Business and Jobs, FirstPort, GSEN and Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS) to pilot this technology within the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme this year.

B. Clyde Electronics C.I.C.

It aims to realise a world where education and technology combine to deliver products and services which prove the Social Enterprise model is the most efficient and sustainable market model. Clyde Electronics aims to increase the number of skilled community members, developing new role models to launch commercial products produced predominantly from recycled materials to the open market. This will be achieved through modern marketing channels which will also be employed to match small independent traders with their target audiences, trading openly online and encouraging sustainable businesses that enable people to develop talents and remain in their chosen profession. Clyde Electronics C.I.C. has unique expertise and experience in the following areas:

– Digital Transformation of Services – Alternative technologies (remaking, self-build & DIY techniques)
– Bespoke consultancy on UX design, IoT, digital technologies, electronics
– E-Government, E-Commerce, Business Processing Re-Engineering
– System integration – Web/Mobile Design, Digital Communities, Game Design
– Software Engineering – Design Education, Multi Media Design, Craft and Digital Skills
– Project Management Prince2, Agile

C. Dunard Primary School.

The School seeks to foster in children a positive attitude to learning, citizenship, self, others and the environment. Dunard Primary School emphasize the importance of child development as a the ‘whole’ and focuses to nurture children who are confident in their own abilities, successful learners, take a pride and responsibility for their community and children who are able to make an effective contribution to society. Dunard Primary School focuses not only on the academic and aesthetic development of pupils, but also on their personal and social development. To this end, we wish to work in partnership with you in the important task of developing your child to achieve their fullest potential, helping prepare him/her as a lifelong learner and active citizen in a modern Scotland in the 21st Century. To achieve these aims and to deliver the most effective education for our pupils, we believe that it is essential to build a strong home-school partnership. Nothing benefits a child more than a close working relationship between school and home. Together we can achieve our aim and produce children and adults of whom we can all be proud. Many activities are organised throughout the school year, giving parents the opportunity to meet and work with the staff of the school.