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Future Observatory opens display space at the Design Museum

First display features six leading design researchers from across the UK

 
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How can the culture sector drive the green transition?

Today, we are publishing two cultural policy reports across circular fashion and the screen industries which suggest how the UK cultural sector might adapt to meet national net zero commitments. In
 
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New cohort of Design Researchers in Residence announced

Future Observatory and the Design Museum are excited to announce a new cohort of Design Researchers in Residence, who will spend the next year at the museum developing innovative projects that respond
 
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Islands: Material Mapping

Islands: Material Mapping attempts to make visible some of the journeys of the materials used in Design Researchers in Residence: Islands
 
Author: Liesl Maria Bragança
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Four projects to design the UK’s green future

Following a call for proposals, four innovative Green Transition Ecosystems are funded across the country to tackle the climate crisis and address the challenges posed by the green transition. The
 
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Reducing the Environmental Impact of Exhibitions

Have you ever walked around an exhibition and wondered what happens to everything when the show is over? To the exhibits, the beautifully-built walls, plinths and cases? Where does all this stuff go?
 
Author: URGE Collective
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How can the culture sector drive the green transition?

Today, we are publishing three cultural policy reports across architecture, cultural institutions and exhibition impact which suggest how the UK cultural sector might adapt to meet national net zero
 
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‘You can fit the tools you need to make a stone beam in a suitcase’

Over 30% of global carbon emissions are produced by construction. To meet national and international climate targets, the UK therefore needs to radically rethink the materials with which it builds.
 
Leilah Hirson-Comley
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‘Housing is one area where individuals can take meaningful action’

Facilitating the adoption of domestic retrofitting in Canterbury and East Kent is a Design Accelerator led by the University for the Creative Arts. Our coordinator Leilah Hirson-Comley spoke with
 
Leilah Hirson-Comley
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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
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‘If we care about the planet, we should care about pigeons’

Ahead of the opening of the Design Researchers in Residence’ exhibition at the Design Museum in late-June, our coordinator Leilah Hirson-Comley caught up with resident James Peplow Powell.
 
Leilah Hirson-Comley
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‘Games are well suited for tackling complex problems’

Game Changing, a Design Accelerator led by Swansea University, explores the potential of co-designing games for increasing understanding of climate change.
 
Leilah Hirson-Comley
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Report: Green Transition Ecosystems townhall

On Tuesday 31 January, we were delighted to welcome a host of design researchers, business entrepreneurs and higher education institution representatives to the Green Transition Ecosystems (GTE)
 
Author: Leilah Hirson-Comley
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Funding opportunity: Green Transition Ecosystems

Capitalising on clusters of design excellence, Green Transition Ecosystems (GTEs) are large scale projects that focus on translating the best design-led research into real-world benefits. GTEs will
 
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Now Hiring: Managing Editor

We are looking for a freelance Managing Editor with strategic and operational leadership experience to support the launch of the Future Observatory journal.