Design education should respond to the emerging conditions and limitations placed on our societies by climate change. We cannot afford to treat creative thinking and making as if the sky was blue or the box empty.

This is fertile ground for radical creative thinking but the responsibility and solutions currently lie in the hands of financial institutions, engineers, architects, digital platforms and policy makers who all struggle to make sense of how to engage with citizens. What if creative people were immersed in their world, able to help, to contribute? This is what we’ll try out.

The Low Carbon Design Institute is a (temporarily digital) 3 week residency running from June 1st to June 27th 2021 to coincide with the London Design Biennale.

A radical learning experience it is aimed at creative individuals of all ages and backgrounds who are looking to learn more about climate change in order to impact their practice profoundly.

The program mixes different modes of learning: talks, group discussions, on-site visits, walks, learning by making, and individual work.

The program ends with an exhibition showcasing the work developed by participants in response to what they have learnt.

The program is free but limited to 20 participants.

Deadline is May 1st 2021. Apply now.



The program will be finalised on April 1st 2021.

Confirmations will be sent out on May 1st 2021.

If we don’t hear back from you to confirm by May 4th 2021 we’ll transfer the offer to someone else.

This is the brainchild of Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino who wrote a little more about it on her blog.

Get in touch

We’ll be tweeting the announcements out as we go and there’s now an occasional and very short newsletter. You can also get in touch with Alex┬ádirectly.