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Designs on the future

As Scotland’s first museum dedicated to design opens, debate is rife about what role cultural institutions can, or should, play in disadvantaged communities. But Emma Seith finds that V&A Dundee is intent on boosting aspirations by collaborating with the city’s schools to foster a culture of creativity

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I was born in Dundee and raised in neighbouring Angus; I went to university here and I cut my teeth as a journalist working for publisher D C Thomson. Today, I can hardly recognise the city that gave me my education and career.

Dundee’s transformation is a constant refrain when you speak to people who live and work here. A total of £1 billion is being invested in overhauling the waterfront so that the city can once again feel connected to the River Tay, having been cut off by busy roads and a plethora of ugly concrete buildings.

A further catalyst in transforming how Dundonians see themselves ...

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