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About sustainability at CSM

We are changing the conversation about sustainability at Central Saint Martins. Instead of merely aiming to reduce harm while still promoting endless growth, we are asking: what will a circular economy look like? How can design be regenerative? What materials should we be designing with? We are exploring new models of collaborative and cooperative practice including how we will work in the future with other living systems.

To these ends, we’re establishing new courses and curriculum to address the urgent challenges of our times. Our MA Biodesign course, launching in September 2019, will examine how bioinformed design strategies can be a driver for sustainable innovation.

As one of the most collaborative art schools in the world, we are constantly working with businesses and communities to tackle local and global challenges. Our students are able to develop their own attributes as sustainable creative practitioners by working on real world collaborative projects within Maison/0, CSM Public and Creative Unions. We work on Materials Futures and local engagement; biodesign and art activism; craft-based approaches and digital manipulation.

We use the United Nation’s Education Framework for Sustainable Development to shape our curriculum and own institutional practice but acknowledge there is still work to be done. The time is now.

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Future of Intimacy
The Future of Intimacy - Sex Tech workshop with Dr Kate Devlin, author of Turned On, took us through the history of intimacy and how the developments the future need to be more inclusive and would benefit from a more female perspective, February 2018

Sustainability stories

Designing in Turbulent Times

Last night, our exhibition Designing in Turbulent Times opened as part of London Design Festival with speeches from Jeremy Till, Carole Collet and Alexandre Capelli.

Designing with Time

We talk to recent graduates exhibiting in Designing in Turbulent Times, currently on show at the Lethaby Gallery. Here, we consider how – from timelessness to transience – time can contribute to sustainable design.

Designing with Abundance

We talk to recent graduates exhibiting in Designing in Turbulent Times, currently on show at the Lethaby Gallery. First up, designers transforming waste.