Milton Keynes Arts Centre



INTRODUCTION

Milo Mcloughlin-Greening





September–December 2018


We’re pleased to announce our current collaboration, and third instalment of Common Ground 2018 with Royal College of Art MA graduate designer, Milo Mcloughlin–Greening.
   Throughout October, Milo will collect hundreds of pieces of scrap wood from people living in Milton Keynes, tagging each piece of donated wood with its owners house number so that its origin will be visible.

   Throughout November Milo will collaborate with our communities to help design and build an object, using the scrap materials donated by the community, to build a new object with the community, for the community.  

   This might take shape as a community dinner table, seating area or other focal point, to be enjoyed by everyone. 

   Collecting Commons is the development of a project designed by Milo, exploring how a physical object can be used as a tool to develop social bonds within a community.


Supported by Arts Council England



“Above all I care about ensuring that design is a fun and enjoyable part of life.”
– Milo Mcloughlin-Greening






“I believe that focusing on socially engaged grass roots projects is the key to unlocking the system change needed for a more sustainable way of living.”
– Milo Mcloughlin-Greening





Background



Collecting Commons focuses on how the design of a physical object can be used as a way to develop social bonds within a community. Based in Clapton (North East London, UK) the project proposesed a new role for the designer, as a community collaborator.
    A process was developed for the collection of materials through door-to-door conversations and an invitation to local residents to engage with others in their neighbourhood?
    The collected material was paired with local making processes through the production of a backyard furnace for sand casting and the use of a local making co-op to construct a table that has played a central role in local events.

    Contributors were invited to become participants. All guests were equal and were gathered around an object which they have contributed towards.
    The Collecting Commons project sits within in a new framework for design, borrowing from Social Design and Vernacular Architecture methodologies to explore an area coined ‘Socio-Vernacular Design’. Social design is a discipline which is growing in strength, as we question the role of the designer in today’s society and look for ways in which design can be used as a tool to bring about social change.

    These meetings were enjoyable forums for conversation and have become springboards for community development in the Clapton area.
    This project looks to Ezio Manzini’s ideas about how the role of trained designer becomes that of a connector and facilitator within communities. Vernacular Architecture is a style which has roots in traditional craft utilizing available materials to cater for local needs, this is something that is gaining a contemporary resurgence as our ideas about the value of resources change. This project is an exercise in this new Socio-vernacular framework, focusing on both local material use and social development.


Collecting Commons collection trolley, Clapton (London, UK) 2018



“Collecting Commons focuses on how the design of a physical object can be used as a way to develop social bonds within a community. Based in Clapton (North East London) the project is proposing a new role for the designer, as a community collaborator. I have developed a process of collecting material through door-to-door conversations as an invitation to local residents to engage with others in their their neighbourhood. The material that has been collected has been used to build a table that has played a central role in local events whereby contributors are invited back to become participants. All guests are equal and are gathered around an object which they have contributed towards.These meetings are enjoyable forums for conversation and have become springboards for community development in the Clapton area.”
– Milo Mcloughlin-Greening


Would you like you and your school to take part or visit the exhibition? Get in touch on hello@miltonkeynesartscentre.org
Mark
     






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