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In Focus: Research

*This event is now sold out, register to join the livestream. The World Around & Future Observatory present In Focus: Research The 2024 symposium at the Design Museum will be dedicated to the radical
 

Free display: Future Observatory

Design research for the green transition. The first display in a new dedicated space for research at the Design Museum is now open. The Future Observatory display showcases six researchers from across
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Last weeks to visit How to Build a Low-Carbon Home

How can we design our homes to respond to the climate emergency? Discover how architects are reimagining wood, stone and straw to design homes fit for the future in this free display. With almost 30%
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Design Exchange Partnerships 2024: Biodiversity

 

Design Accelerators 2024: Commercialisation

 
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“Furniture is a platform whereby we can tell new stories about the environment”

This project explores how waste materials can be used to make new things. They worked with Fishy Filaments in Cornwall, Harris Tweed Hebrides in Scotland and furniture maker Wood Bros in Hertfordshire to understand the challenges of turning different waste materials, such as fishing nets and wool, into new furniture. Their first prototype, a chair, also acts as a story telling platform from which to create new narratives and imagine what a sustainable future might look like.
 
Andrea Conde Pereira

Six Design Accelerator projects to drive a new generation of green innovation

Building on the theme of ‘communities,’ the new cohort of six projects will 'commercialise' their innovative solutions to accelerate the green transition across the UK.
 
Author: Salah ud Din

“Learning from each other”

At the end of November, we held a forum for the researchers and academic partners on our Design Exchange Partnership and Design Accelerator programmes. Marking the end of both cohorts’ research
 
Author: Leilah Hirson-Comley

‘A good poem can take you to places you are not expecting’

Design Exchange Partnerships bring design researchers together with non-academic organisations, such as businesses, NGOs or local councils, in strategic partnerships capable of addressing green
 
Liesl Maria Bragança

Redefining the problems, reframing the questions

The following conversation sees Future Observatory’s curatorial director, Cher Potter, in discussion with the 2022/23 cohort of Design Researchers in Residence on the topic of design research.
 
Cher Potter

The Museum as a Catalyst

Museums are changing. They can be catalysts, proactively supporting a just and sustainable future.
 
Author: Justin McGuirk