• This blog is a forum for the discussion of sustainability - the work of a collective of designers, architects, curators, writers, and project managers and, hopefully, you!

    We hope this blog will help us to understand sustainability through an open discussion, to inform our creative community of how our work deals with sustainability, to inspire current and future students to consider how sustainability relates to their work, and to potentially create collaboration opportunities.

    We would love to invite you to join our discussion by leaving a comment or submitting a post!

How are we thinking about sustainability in our work?

We interviewed some of our own students to find out how they are considering cultural, social and environmental sustainability in the research and design of their major projects. ,  Sam on building an ‘Imagination Infrastructure’ for emotional sustainability. , Yael on climate architecture and using the heat on London’s tube to cool it’s passengers. , Katie on cultural … Continue reading

Seminar Videos are up!

Now you can watch the videos of our first and second Sustainability Seminar on the seminar page: Seminar I Seminar II Or on our Vimeo page: http://vimeo.com/user7361560

The Big Move

So the boxes have been unpacked, courses have been assigned to their areas, student cards dispensed but how does our big move to the big sparkly new campus at  King’s Cross impact on our sustainability? I took a quick visit to the site developer Argent’s Marketing Suite at the German Gymnasium to find out more. … Continue reading

An Oldie but a Goodie

Several years ago I had the good fortune of seeing people from ’We are what we do” give a talk on their recently published “Change the World  for a Fiver”.  That year the world was changed slightly with many people purchasing the book for themselves, friends and relatives and adopting some of the 50 simple … Continue reading

Sustainability in the Sun – Food for Thought

Some food for thought… Summer.  A time of fun and frolicking.  A time when activities, people and mindsets go outside. Degree shows and graduations herald the beginning of the season, a time to dig out the shorts and sandals, and embrace those longer, warmer days filled with BBQs (weather permitting), ice-cream, music festivals and fetes. … Continue reading

Sustainability in the Sun – The Blog Launch

The Blog Launch The actual Sustainable Spaces launch event was an intimate, successful affair.  The dusk serenity of the garden, combined with chilled refreshments and yummy treats, provided the perfect setting for friends and members of the team to toast the beginning of the blog.  After months of planning and designing, we finally went live!  … Continue reading

Sustainability in the Sun – The Story behind the Garden

The story behind the garden… Located on Union Street, the Urban Physic Garden (UPG) is a small piece of heaven amid the urban jungle and summertime heat of London.  The latest initiative of Wayward Plants (http://www.waywardplants.org/) directed by Heather Ring, the UPG follows the success of last year’s Urban Orchard on the same site.  The … Continue reading

Sustainability Seminar 11/05/2011

We were very fortunate to have two guest speakers from varied backgrounds to lead our discussion at the second seminar:  Jane Penty, engineer and product designer; and Torsten Schroeder, architect currently doing a PhD in sustainability at LSE.  Having provided us with food for thought, an enthusiastic question and answer session followed. Further details about … Continue reading

Sustainability Seminar 24/03/2011

In order to bring light to the popular yet ambiguous term, ‘Sustainability’, we held a seminar featuring speakers from three different backgrounds. We then challenged small discussion groups to come up with descriptions or definitions of social, environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability. Here are the outcomes of the discussion: Economic Sustainability Different for every country … Continue reading

What is sustainability?

Creating this blog has presented many challenges, most notably in defining what is sustainability. Let’s open the discussion from here – how do you define ‘sustainability’?