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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 BA Ceramic Design, M ARCH Architecture and Global Generation to provide community access to the pleasures of social making in urban settings.

Elderly people sitting on chairs in a theatre workshop
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.

Building components in concrete and brick
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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Tate Exchange, 2019 (Photo © Tate, Seraphina Neville)

Tate Exchange

Over three years, the Fine Art programme has taken up residence at Tate Modern to open up art school to the public

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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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Community Bread Oven, work in progress

On the Road

M ARCH Architecture students, Grizedale Arts and Ruskin's centenary combine to create award-winning community structures

Bags designed and made by prison inmates
Makeright bags designed and made by prison inmates through an initiative run by Design Against Crime. Photo: DACRC


An initiative which takes design-thinking into prisons to produce a series of anti-theft bags

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Home and Belonging workshop, Crisis, Brent.

Home and Belonging

A bespoke arts programme for clients of Crisis Skylight Brent to improve the well-being of the homeless and vulnerably-housed residents in the area

CSM Public stories

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

Designing with Communities

On show in Designing in Turbulent Times at the Lethaby Gallery, Holly Le-Var's Centre for Civic Festivity explores how architecture can bring agency to a community

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