Dott programme director Andrea Siodmok says that like the first showcase project Serious Play, which aimed to link into UK-wide play and power-generation policies, this new initiative will also connect with national issues.
The project aims to show how Cornwall can link in to the national aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 – although Siodmok says, ’We want to see if we can reduce emissions by 80 per cent this year.’
The project team is also working with the Technology Strategy Board to connect to national innovation funds for low-carbon vehicles, and is working with Cornwall Council to develop a bid for Plugged in Places, due in August, which could see an infrastructure created for electrical vehicles.
The team is being led by John Miller (pictured), director of furniture consultancy Mark and programme manager for UCF’s planned Academy for Innovation and Research.
Inspired by the Cox Review of Creativity in Business , the aim is for Air, which is still awaiting final funding, to be a multidisciplinary institution promoting ways for business and higher education in Cornwall to work together. Miller says he wants the transport project ’to demonstrate what Air is all about’.
He is leading a multidisciplinary team that will also feature service design consultancy Live Work. Miller’s team will host a residential design lab in the summer, and will aim to develop a new transport solution for Falmouth in conjunction with the community.
Siodmok says there are three key stakeholder groups among Falmouth residents – students, holidaymakers and the general public – while Miller says the solution is likely to be a car-sharing system.
Following the design lab and co-design sessions, Siodmok says the aim is to develop ’a fully functioning scheme’ by autumn. She adds that both the scheme and the anticipated establishment of Air will be legacies for Dott.