Connecting the dots

In November 2016, Firstport announced the winners of the first ever Social Innovation Competition, including our Young Social Innovator Award.

Part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in Scotland, the competition was looking for the best business ideas with a social and/or environmental twist.

Young Social Innovator Award winners Laura Petruskeviciute and Cristian Suau are developing DOT-TO-DOT, an innovative digital platform connecting people with projects to reactivate empty sites across Glasgow. With a background in architecture and community regeneration, their ambition is to promote a shared economy and a recycling design culture while improving the environment.

Connecting the dots, the project brings together people from different generations and backgrounds to voluntarily participate through service exchange, financial donations or in kind materials and products donations. It enables people to be part of the local sharing economy as well as promoting new skills within the community. DOT-TO-DOT is being piloted in Maryhill and the Canal / Firhill basin.

STUDIO POP has established a community-led consortium between Dunard Primary School, Studio Pop CIC and Clyde Electronics CIC, signing a Memorandum of Understanding that defines goals, activities and roles to be deployed as part of the DOT-TO-DOT pilot in the chosen vacant site of 636 Maryhil Road. In April DOT-TO-DOT received a STALLED SPACES award allowing to materialise the first phase of the project.

In May the group held their first community event and on 22 July held an event as part of Architecture Fringe Festival. Held at their Maryhill site, the open day provided the opportunity to reflect, share and exchange ideas about the pilot project. 

Find out more about DOT-TO-DOT on the website.

Find out more about the Social Innovation Competition 2017.