We undertake action based research creating bespoke lines of questioning and effective tools to capture facts, anecdotes and wee gems of information to bring research topics to life. To encourage interaction and test theories either from the team or from out-with, icecream implements a strategy of ‘research by doing’ where research is tested and enhanced by creating events and interventions.










Glasgow Museums


Through a series of public events and focussed sessions, icecream architecture gathered citywide opinions and perceptions about Glasgow Museums venues. The research approach was split into two phases; awareness raising sessions and focused sessions. The former relied on setting up on-street workshops in busy public spaces to collect the opinions of Glasgow on a city wide basis. The second stage of research used a co-design process to work with groups of research participants on the creation of new designs for displays within Glasgow Museums’ venues. Working with groups of families, young people and adults has allowed our research team to answer four key questions through on-street conversations, interviews and discussion during workshops  


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Balgrayhill Community Centre Community Consultation


Exploring local aspirations for Balgrayhill Community Centre with the aim of facilitating a Community Asset Transfer from current management by Glasgow Life. Coinciding and expanding on the Community Engagement and Scoping Project, icecream architecture developed a cohesive Community-focused Feasibility proposal. The team worked creatively in the space to test local ideas over an extended period of time, ensuring that the final solutions were relevant and meaningful. 


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PDI Designing a Blueprint for a tool to aid Young People with Parents in Recovery


In 2015 we carried out a body of research in order to design a blueprint for a tool to aid young people with parents in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. Through a series of workshops with a focus group of young people, we carried out tests in order to gather information i) on what the tool should be ii) how it should work iii) how it should look. The research gathered allowed us to create detailed workflows, content and design.  


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