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

Spaces and opportunities for artists, designers and creative people to respond to the emerging conditions and limitations placed on our societies by climate change are limited.

We cannot afford to treat creative thinking and making as if the sky was blue or the box empty but knowledge is siloed, complex and diffuse. The Low Carbon Institute is an institution in the making. A prototype of a future fully-fledged brick and mortar space where anyone can find out more about what climate change means for financial institutions, engineering firms, architectural and landscape practices, agriculture, digital platforms, policy makers, citizens and more.

We are starting with a virtual residency from June 1st-25th 2021. It’s free and a great opportunity to learn, do nothing, then do something that you’ll share.

The timing of the Low Carbon Design Institute will coincide with the London Design Biennale. The program is free but limited to 20 participants. 

Application are now closed but you can sign up to our newsletter to hear about the 2022 residency.


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

Weeks 1 & 2

Virtual talks by UK experts (unless otherwise mentioned) everyday at 11am and 12pm (UK time) followed by an open space for discussion  after lunch. 

  • What is a carbon footprint, how can I reduce it and will it make any difference? with Adam Hardy (June 1st, 12pm)
  • Energy distribution & generation, Matt Taylor, EDF (June 2nd, 11am)
  • Human behaviour: working with the unobtainium of climate change with Luke Nicholson (June 2nd, 12pm)
  • Exploring net zero architecture with Debby Ray (June 3rd, 11am)
  • Radical Co-authorship: Materials for the 21st Century with Simone Ferracina (June 3rd, 12pm)
  • Our Food System: Designing for Life with Ana Bradley (June 4th, 11am)
  • To Rewild: Authentic human response or symbolic of an emerging subconscious need for reconnection with Jeremy Rye (June 4th, 12pm)
  • Innovative rural communities and a sustainable future with Mariana Van Der Walt (New Zealand) (June 7th, 11am)
  • Local, inclusive, dynamic, food systems with Anthony Davison (June 7th, 12pm)
  • What would carbon aware internet look like? with Chris Adams (Germany) (June 8th, 11am) 
  • Introduction to sustainable finance with Rajesh Dash (Netherlands)(June 8th, 12pm) 
  • What could urban mobility look like in the future? with Rachel Jones (June 9th, 11am)
  • How trying to design low-carbon products turned me into a tax fundamentalist with Ross Atkin (June 10th, 12pm)
  • Making the sharing economy work for the local economy with Rebecca Trevalyan  (June 11th, 11am) 
  • We need a universal Right to Repair – and we need it now by Ugo Vallauri (June 11th, 12pm) 

Week 3: This is where you work on a project (alone or with others on the program) you’d like to exhibit. Deadline for uploading your piece is Friday 18th 6pm

Week 4: The online exhibition is live and you’ll be invited to speak about your work on a Zoom panel on Friday 25th (exact time TBC). The exhibition closes at 6pm on the 25th and your work will be included in a print publication to follow. 


The program is almost final (just two remaining talks we’ll be confirming).

After you apply, invitations to take part will be sent out on May 4st 2021.

If we don’t hear back from you to confirm by May 8th 2021 we’ll transfer the offer to someone else.

Want to listen but can’t take part in the program? Buy a ticket for the talk of your choice.

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 a London-based author and designer who has worked on issues of climate change with technology companies, energy companies, banks and social enterprises and more. She 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.