a three hour walking tour of Brum, thinking about art, design and creativity in the city

I took two groups of our BA students around Birmingham this week.
Our mission: to find where the creative industries hang out, and to think about how design lives and breathes in the real world.

We spent three hours and covered a lot of ground. Unfortunately we didn’t get as far as Ikon at Brindley Place.

Here’s our route: View Google Map (sorry Posterous doesn’t seem to support iframes)

I have left this map open, so please feel free to add to it.

The students will be uploading photos and thoughts on the trip to http://www.flickr.com/groups/mc436oct08/ over the coming week. If you have any thoughts then do share with them!

The project was in part inspired by Stef Lewandowski’s creativity audit (http://www.steflewandowski.com/2008/09/a-creative-director-for-birmingham/ ) and in part by loking at Birmingham Flickrmeets (http://www.flickr.com/groups/birmingham_flickrmeets/ ).

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Jon Hickman

Hi, I'm Jon. I teach and research digital culture, social media and new media practice at Birmingham City University. Find out more about me with this lovely CV: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonhickman Find out about my work at the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research: http://interactivecultures.org

  • Stef

    Sounds great. Really looking forward to seeing the results!

  • Jon Hickman

    Thanks Stef, I’ve pointed all the students in the direction of your audit slides. Interesting taking the Fazeley Street way into Digbeth: even the locally raised students had never been down there, and they saw a whole different side of Brum as a result.