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Apply now: Low Carbon Housing

Future Observatory is recruiting a Research Lead to deliver a research project, Low Carbon Housing: How a museum can help drive sustainable mass housing in the UK, funded by the Arts and Humanities

Open Call: Islands

THE OPEN CALL HAS NOW CLOSED Design Researchers in Residence is Future Observatory’s programme for design researchers hosted at the Design Museum. The residency supports thinkers at the start of their

Design the Green Transition

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Design Museum in London, today launch a multi-million-pound fund bringing UK researchers,

Showing Your Process

Ahead of the opening of the exhibition Design Researchers in Residence: Restore at the Design Museum, we're sharing a preview of the accompanying exhibition catalogue.
Cher Potter

‘One of the key ways to reduce e-waste is to extend a product’s lifespan by finding a new use for it’

Through their partnership with the UAL Creative Computing institute, Power to Connect is working to close the digital gap by offering a safe method for computer re-use.
Lila Boschet

‘The lakes, rivers and estuaries in the UK are not in good health’

Samuel Iliffe is one of four Researchers in Residence currently based at the Design Museum. His research is deeply embedded in the water systems of the UK and, in particular, concerned with Phosphorus
George Kafka

What is a design ecosystem?

The Design Ecosystem Fellowships are Future Observatory-funded awards for up to six researchers to map transformative design ecosystems in the UK. The call for researchers is here and the deadline for

A gathering of Design Exchange Partnerships

Last Friday, we welcomed representatives of Future Observatory’s Design Exchange Partnerships programme to the Design Museum.

Climate Clock installed at the Design Museum

First seen trawling the streets of Glasgow alongside protestors at COP26, the Climate Clock is making its Design Museum debut with Future Observatory.

Questions of Scale: Reflecting on our first symposium

“The first question any design researcher with an innovative idea encounters is, how do you scale that up?”

Open call: Design Ecosystem Fellowships

Future Observatory has today launched its first open call for researchers to apply for our Design Ecosystem Fellowships programme.

Questions of Scale: Economy and Ecology

We’re delighted to invite you to our very first public event, Questions of Scale, a symposium hosted at the Design Museum on 10 February.

Welcome to Future Observatory

Future Observatory is a new national programme for design research supporting the UK’s response to the climate crisis.