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 25 day residency running from June 1st to June 25th 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 is free but limited to 20 participants.

Deadline is May 1st 2021. Apply now.


The program mixes different modes of engagement: presentations from specialists, group discussions and quiet time to reflect. The program ends with a closing panel discussion, a 5 day digital showcase and a print publication. 


The program will be finalised in mid-April.

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.

Want to listen but not take part? We’ll be releasing £15 tickets for talks. Just sign up to the newsletter to get notified when tickets go on sale.

Want to access to the entire lecture series for a whole year to help train your staff? Why don’t you become a sponsor. Get in touch with Alex.

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 directly.