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EMERGENCE: Service / Social / Sustainable Design

What can we do together that we cannot do alone?

LCC x London Design Festival

14 September - 16 October 2019

Emergence describes the potential of individual parts of a system to work together to give rise to diverse and dramatic behaviours. As issues around sustainability and societal inequalities become more pervasive, complex and urgent than ever before, now is the time for collective action.

Emergence sees students and staff from the Design School at London College of Communication working with collaborative partners to present an exhibition and events programme exploring what design can do to achieve goals of sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, inclusiveness, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.

With a focus on design projects for services, social innovation and sustainability, EMERGENCE will celebrate the launch of our new MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures course and showcase LCC’s work in bringing sustainability and responsible design practices to the heart of everything we do.

Featuring workshops and tours, performances and screenings, talks and discussions, installations and displays – EMERGENCE is our call to action for positive change.

Events and exhibitions programme

14 Sep: Workshop: Making Biomaterials with Materiom

16 Sep: Symposium: Environmental and Social Sustainability in the Curriculum

18 Sep: Panel Discussion: Showing Out - 'Positive Allies' and Creative Workplace

19 Sep: EMERGENCE: Service/Social/Sustainable Design - Launch Night

19 Sep-16 Oct: Workshop: Animated Objects – Puppet making

21 Sep: Graphic Narratives and Social Impact – Symposium

26-27 Sep: Workshop: Design for positive social impact

3 Oct: Screening and Panel Discussion: EMERGENCE, On Communities and Homelessness

10 Oct: Graduate ThinkTank – Alumni roundtable with Industry Experts

16 Oct: EMERGENCE: Service/Social/Sustainable Design – Closing Event

Find Us

London College of Communication is located in the heart of London, at Elephant & Castle. The College is based on a single site, within easy reach of various parts of the city and well served by tube, bus and rail networks. Find out more about getting here on our Find Us page.


London College of Communication strives to provide an inclusive and accessible environment for our students and visitors. If you have any specific access requirements for an event or exhibition, please contact us by email ( or phone (020 7514 8498) in advance of your visit so that we can make any necessary preparations or adjustments. For full access and route guides for our building, please view our AccessAble accessibility guide.

Filming and Photography Notice

Please note that filming and photography will be taking place throughout the exhibition. Both bigger crowds, smaller groups and individuals may be captured on camera.

All imagery and footage may at some point be published on the College's website, social media channel and in print.