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Design for low material future workshop

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Aimed at designers from diverse backgrounds, this practical workshop is delivered and facilitated by NTU's Sustainable Consumption Research Group as member of UK INDEMAND, a research centre led by the University of Cambridge that is working to increase material efficiency.

  • From: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 9 am
  • To: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 1 pm
  • Location: City site, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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This practical workshop is particularly aimed at small and medium organisations in the East Midlands. It will appeal to designers from diverse backgrounds - from jewellery designers to architects - who want to:

  • Think creatively about design strategies that reduce waste and energy consumption in innovative ways.
  • Learn more about how designers have a critical role in reducing waste and energy consumption.
  • Learn from the successful experiences of other designers.
  • Influence and be involved in a dialogue with cutting edge research thinking.
  • Explore in practical ways some possible solutions for a low materials future.

Government targets demand an 80% reduction in the production of greenhouse gases by 2020. In the face of this, our workshop asks how this challenges industries to improve, and what are the implications for consumers and producers?

The workshop is delivered and facilitated by the Sustainable Consumption Research Group in Nottingham Trent University as member of UK INDEMAND, a research centre led by the University of Cambridge that is working to increase material efficiency. We are also delighted to include a specialist speaker from The Great Recovery Project, which works to encourage a circular economy and good design thinking.

The session will end by exchanging ideas between groups to foresee opportunities in the specific fields of the participants at the workshop. This will be further discussed to draw major conclusions of the workshop.

Participants will have an opportunity to discover the future challenges that might affect their business and to think about how to overcome these challenges by incorporating a low material future within their design practice.

Delegates will also be given a priority booking opportunity to attend a making-workshop at The Institute of Making, UCL, Monday 15 December 2014.

Both events are fully funded by the ERDF and organised by NTU's working with you … project. There is no fee to attend for eligible SMEs.



09:00: Registration
09:30: Introduction
09:40: Scenarios and strategies for low material future - UK INDEMAND
10:10: Case for design intervention - Sophie Thomas, The Great Recovery Project
10:40: Introduction to the practical exercise
10:45: Refreshment break
11:00: Design brainstorm and practical session
12:00: Group discussion
12:30: Conclusion and networking lunch

Booking information

This event is free but space is limited, so please book your place as soon as possible.

To book, please click on the Add to basket button above and complete the short online booking process to reserve your place.

For any queries, or if you experience difficulties with the online booking process, please email us or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8899.

Location details


City site


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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