Volume VI, 2019

Our Future Foyle – Design to improve wellbeing in Derry/Londonderry

Design Different

In this episode of the Designing Different Podcast we’re looking at how design can influence the mental health and wellbeing of a city using the case study of a project in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. We speak to a local architect, arts officer for the council, urban designer and the local MP on how design is being used to improve wellbeing in the city.


Spencer, J. & R. Alwani. (2018) Using Art and Design to Create Shared Safe Space in Urban Areas: A case study of the banks and bridges of the River Foyle in Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland. Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health. 5,6. September, 2018. “https://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/journal-5—river-foyle.html”>https://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/journal-5—river-foyle.html

Mental Health Foundation. Mental Health in Northern Ireland. Fundamental Facts 2016. 2016

McLafferty, M., Armour, C., O’Neill, S., Murphy, S., Ferry, F. and Bunting, B. (2016). Suicidality and profiles of childhood adversities, conflict related trauma and psychopathology in the Northern Ireland population. Journal of Affective Disorders, 200, pp.97-102.


Shane Birney, Architect – http://www.shanebirneyarchitects.com/

Brendan McMenamin, Arts Officer, Derry City Council – https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendan-mcmenamin-b4737034

Elisha McCallion, MP for Foyle – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_McCallion

Ralf Alwani, Urban Designer – https://www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/ralf-alwani/

Intro/Outro Music:

Artist: Jahzzar

Song: Roads that burned our boots

Album: Blinded by Dust

Available: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/Blinded_by_dust/