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CSM Public

Together we collaborate to transform objects, systems and lives for the better

"In many and varied ways, CSM Public highlights how creative collaboration can be a potent tool for community resilience and social cohesion; a process that, crucially, benefits all who participate" Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins

Through CSM Public we turn the studio ethos ‘inside-out’ working with a variety of academic, corporate, non-profit, citizen-led and government organisations to actively engage with societal issues and co-design more optimistic futures for all.


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Make @ Story Garden (Photo: Adam Razvi)

MAKE @ Story Garden

A new public space for creative collaboration and social innovation opening in Somers Town

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A collaboration between Central Saint Martins, English National Ballet and University College London's neuroscience department, working to better understand and improve the perception of Parkinson’s through arts and science research.

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Generations, Platform Theatre, 2018. Photo: Monica Alcazar-Duarte


Improvisation forms the heart of Improbable theatre's workshops with a group of Islington residents over the age of 60 and Central Saint Martins students.

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Work in progress, The Kiln House, M ARCH Architecture

The Community Kiln

Staff and students of BA Ceramic Design collaborate with M ARCH Architecture to create a local community kiln at The Skip Garden

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Sloot, Alfred Low Wei Leong BA Product Design

Prison cell furniture for the future

Students from BA Product Design work with the Design Against Crime Research Centre to improve prison cell furniture

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Work in progress

Unblocking prison conversations

How four BA Product Design students worked with Design Against Crime to create a game reconnecting inmates and their children

Furniture design as part of workshop to alleviate overcrowded housing
Overcrowded Housing Project. Photo: Liliya Galabova, Barbara Guoth, Elora Pierre, Zoe Kahane, Giorgia Rossi, Yin Wang

Overcrowded Housing

Customisable furniture to alleviate overcrowding created through collaboration between Camden Council, the Public Collaboration Lab, MA Industrial Design students and local authority housing residents

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Tate Exchange, 2018 (Photo: Belinda Lawley)


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CSM Public stories

  • What is it like to live with Parkinson's?

    A cross-disciplinary collaboration, Patterns of Perception aims to help us better understand life lived with Parkinson's. In this ongoing project, a group of individuals with Parkinson’s collaborated with practitioners from Central Saint Martins

  • The Roundhouse at The Story Garden

    Making Week, a collective project building a structure at 1:1 scale, saw students working on site to create a Roundhouse for the local community at The Story Garden.

  • Designing a better night’s sleep

    M ARCH: Architecture student George Fisher has created sleeping pods for a homeless shelter in Redbridge

  • Designing with Biodiversity

    On show in Designing in Turbulent Times at the Lethaby Gallery, Olivia Page's Recipes of North Portugal proposes new processes and materials to incorporate industrial and bio-based waste in construction

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