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Future Factory Day 1: Symposium

Join leading designers and material researchers to rethink sustainable production for the 21st century.

Part of the Future Factory Collaboration with the Design and Living Systems Lab and Central Saint Martins’ Material Futures Programme.

What to expect

What are the environmental challenges facing manufacturing today? How can we design more sustainable forms of production at a local and global scale? Could organisms and non-human agents become the next makers? And what material futures should tomorrow’s factories create?

Whether through the excesses of plastic pollution or the burning of fossil fuels, our existing modes of production have unimaginable effects on the planet. And whilst factories have been major causes of these challenges, they have also been affected by them. Traditional forms of making are being lost due to climate change; workers are facing precarious working conditions and material scarcity is making existing infrastructure obsolete.

In partnership with Central Saint Martin's Material Futures and the Design and Living Systems Lab, this symposium brings together leading designers to explore how production might be re-designed for the future. Focusing on the potentials of bio-technology, living systems and new materials, the session will discuss a range of case-studies for possible future factories at local and industrial scales, with a focus on environmental sustainability.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition.

On Saturday 1 of December Future Factory continues with a workshop that can be booked separately.

Booking information

Adult: £35

Student/Concession: £20

Members: £25

Two-day pass
Save 10% by buying a ticket for both days of the Future Factory Collaboration (Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December).

Adult: £45

Student/Concession: £27

Member: £33

Related event

Future Factory Symposium: Day 2

In part two of the Future Factory Symposium, participants will learn about a range of different production models and ‘future factories’, from bio-hacking to automation in a series of discussions and hands-on activities.

Related exhibition

Beazley Designs of the Year 2018

Discover this year’s top picks of some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designs from the past 12 months – across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design.

Background image | MarsBoot sole. Collaborative project between Liz Ciokajlo (OurOwnsKIN) and Maurizio Montalti (Officina Corpuscoli). Photo credit: George Ellsworth.