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 2 week residency running from July 26th to August 8th 2021.

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. We’ll re-open applications on September 1st 2020. Apply now.





You are based in the UK or able to travel without a visa.

If coming from outside England, you will have quarantined for 2 weeks before starting the program (we’ll keep this bit updated as we go).

We’ll consider applications from anyone aged 18 and up.

The last day will be Sunday 8th and will end at 3pm.

We’ll make sure the two weeks is accessible to wheelchair users but some on-site visits may not.

All food on site will be vegetarian and vegan.

If selected, your meals, accommodation (if necessary), travel related to the program and materials will be covered.

You will have to pay for your own travel to get to and from the location of the pilot on the 25th and the 8th. If this a problem, please flag it in your application.

The program will be finalised on March 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.

We’ll be tweeting the announcements out as we go. There is no newsletter for now. There’s enough going on in the world.