Designing for Sustainability

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Projections show that 5.1 billion people will own mobile phones in four years time; nearly 1 billion more than do so today. And as mobile phones and other devices become more prevalent in both developed and developing economies, so will cloud computing and storage applications continue to flourish. On a daily basis I collaborate, store and share files with my Central Saint Martins classmates and colleagues on platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud. While technology continues to evolve and push the way we communicate, collaborate, and make, it is important that we are equally aware of that same push on our planet. As a new generation consumes and works with technology, how are the arts and design practices responding to the impact they have on the environment?   Continue reading

Information factories: a role in shaping our energy future

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At Central Saint Martins we explore the myriad evolving relationships between the physical and the virtual in all manner of ways – be they disciplinary, interdisciplinary or antidisciplinary.  In doing so we upload films onto Vimeo, send emails with files attached, save documents onto the S-drive, create 3D models using SketchUp, and comment on blog posts – these  are just some of the ways in which we generate our digital information. Daily, enormous amounts of data are launched upon the grid by our staff, students and alumni. Continue reading