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How do you solve a housing crisis in a climate crisis?

Future Observatory publishes report on low-carbon housebuilding

 
Author: Ruth Lang

Future Observatory Journal launches with issue on bioregioning

“If ever there was a time to consider alternative ways of building a future, it is now. What we do this decade will shape the rest of the century. But what if, rather than fetishising innovation, what
 
Author: Justin McGuirk

Nine new biodiversity research projects join the Design Exchange Partnerships programme

Supporting biodiversity is becoming an increasingly urgent focus of design research practice. With many ecosystems and species in decline, human interdependence on natural systems is ever more
 

We are hiring

As we progress with the delivery of the Future Observatory: Design the Green Transition programme, we are seeking a Programme Manager (maternity cover) to join our dynamic and friendly team. If you
 

“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
 
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

Future Observatory opens display space at the Design Museum

Future Observatory and the Design Museum today open a free display space dedicated to design research responding to environmental crises. Located on the museum’s second floor balcony, the Future
 

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
 

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
 

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

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
 

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

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