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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 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 showcases 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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Sustainability stories

"All voices are valid"

This week saw Central Saint Martins' first Climate Emergency Assembly. Speakers came from across UAL and included current students. Here, we share their speech in full.

Climate Emergency Assembly

Ahead of Central Saint Martins' first Climate Emergency Assembly, we hear from staff and students about their perspective on, and hopes for, this open and experimental process to creative collective action across the institution.

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


People gathered around plants on the roof of Central Saint Martins
Green Roof, Central Saint Martins (Photo: Alys Tomlinson)

Green Roof

How staff and students transformed the Central Saint Martins roof into a biodiverse space

Photograph of a brick building


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 & 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

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