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A sign reading

Alternative Futures: Creativity and the Circular Economy

Friday 12 April, 2019

Join us for a day of inspirational talks, workshops and performances exploring how we might use circularity as a framework for the distribution of wealth, what might ethical circular practice look like, and how might this transformative way of making and creating, change our relationship to objects, people and ourselves?

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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