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Our creative ecology

We are committed to addressing the climate and biodiversity emergency

Our relationship with the planet's resources calls for urgent and lasting change. If the global population reaches 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets with be required to sustain current lifestyles. Artists and designers are uniquely placed to meet these challenges. All forms of creative practice combine the ability to imagine new futures with the means to deliver them. Our work isn't defined simply by what we produce, but what comes before and after – how those things are made and how they are used.
We understand that the world is shaped through creative action.

Image: Foreign Garbage by Katie-May Boyd, MA Material Futures

Designing in Turbulent Times, Lethaby Gallery, Installation View, 2019. Photo: Paul Cochrane

Maison/0

Maison/0 is a cross-College incubator of creative-led sustainable innovation set up as part of the CSM LVMH Partnership. Our aim is to inspire, inform and equip the next generation of creative talents to address socio-environmental challenges.

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Designing in Turbulent Times

Lethaby Gallery, 14 September - 27 October 2019

A Central Saint Martins, LVMH and Maison/0 exhibition for London Design Festival. Faced with increasingly urgent social and environmental pressures, creativity can be a powerful agent for innovation and transformation. Across a wide range of design disciplines, this exhibition showcased a selection of the very best recent graduate projects from Central Saint Martins, offering compelling and disruptive propositions for more sustainable and equitable futures.

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Related courses

Sustainability stories

Mills Techstyle Prize 2020

We catch up with the two graduating students awarded the Mills Fabrica Techstyle and Sustainability Prizes for material innovation and sustainability.

Maison/0 Green Trail 2020

We're proud to announce the five winners of the Maison/0 Green Trail which shares the most innovative sustainable projects from this year's graduating work.

Echoes of Nature

Working with an archive in the CSM Museum & Study Collection, MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students created their course’s first 3D-modelled virtual exhibition. We talk to the curators about the challenge of digitally designing a

Giving new life to leftovers

Marking the graduation of our MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries students, we speak to Chitrangada Goyal about her final project creating new uses for discarded fabric

College Projects

People sittign and standing in a red-lit room full of dry ice
Ca-cough-any (2017) A performance protest by PDP students as part of Greenweek 2017 instigated by a workshop on CLEAN AIR with Greenpeace,

PLURAL FUTURES

A series of co-design workshops questioning existing practices and imagine future possibilities

Photograph of a brick building

FUNDAMENTALS

An annual series of public debates chaired by Oliver Wainwright for the Spatial Practices programme

Hand holding material samples
Material Library (photo: Alys Tomlinson)

Materials and Products Collection

A resource of innovative materials reflecting the trends in manufacturing

A group of women working with a drill
MAKE, 2018

MAKE @ Story Garden

A public space for creative collaboration with, and by, the local community

A series of pastel and neon shapes, arrows and squiggles on a purple background

Alternative Futures

Organised by the Culture and Enterprise programme, exploring what ethical circular practice looks like, and how it might change our relationship to objects, people and ourselves

Sean T. Ross' Solar Forge
A close up of MA Material Futures student Sean T. Ross' Solar Forge created for the Swarovski Conscious Design project. Image: Bruce Basudde

Swarovski Conscious Design Hub

A lasting, free resource for designers championing creativity and collaboration as a driving force for sustainable development, delivered in partnership with the Jewellery, Textiles and Materials programme

Sustainability at UAL

UAL responds to climate emergency

Head of Central Saint Martins Jeremy Till appointed lead of the University's response to the climate emergency

Artwork by Katherine Gould

UAL Sustainability Manifesto 2016-2022

The university pledges actions across its six colleges

Grey to Green, London College of Communication UAL event.
Grey to Green, London College of Communication UAL event.

Green League success

UAL jumps 25 places to 19th in the UK's Green League ranking universities by ethical and environmental criteria