On Sunday 22 September, for the finale of London Design Festival, we will be hosting a special event on Exhibition Road focusing on design solutions to the climate emergency.
Together with the Design Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Imperial College London, and Brompton Design District, we are holding a street celebration to look at the role that design thinking can play in fostering new ideas and changing attitudes to the way we consume food, use energy and deal with waste.
The enduring message of 2019 has not been, as expected, the UK’s departure from the EU, but an issue that transcends borders and boundaries: the climate crisis. We aim to inspire and support innovative thinking that works to contend creatively with this major challenge of our time. The Day of Design will provide an exciting opportunity to build social networks, explore creative collaboration across the cultural sector, and highlight the ways in which we can bring design and social change together in new ways.
Experts from the V&A and its neighbouring institutions will be hosting tables – created from upcycled museum packing crates – for a large-scale food waste feast, drawing attention to the fact that one-third of all food grown or manufactured in the world is thrown out – enough to feed 870 million people. After the event, the bespoke upcycled furniture created by selected London designers will be donated to community gardens and charities tackling homelessness. We are set to showcase a selection of the designers on our blog in the next few weeks.
Exhibition Road will be further animated with talks, workshops and installations focusing on these challenges and the power of design to address the key issues of our age, whilst also inspiring the design community.