Design for the Real World

21 Sep 2012 – 1 Oct 2012

Event times

10am — 5.30pm daily

Cost of entry

Free admisson

Royal College of Art

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus 9,10,52
  • South Kensington/High Street Kensington

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As part of the 2012 London Design Festival, the College is hosting the exhibition Design for the Real World, which takes its inspiration from the 40th anniversary of the English-language publication of Victor Papanek's seminal text, Design for the Real World. In 1972, at a time of rampant consumerism, Papanek made a powerful case for the importance of inclusive and sustainable design in meeting the real needs of people. This exhibition explores both aspects of Papanek's legacy. A presentation of 15 projects by Research Associates from the RCA's Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) will showcase inclusive and human-centred design. This year's projects include a community lighting project in Tower Hamlets; making roadworks safer for people with sight loss; reducing incidents of violence in A&E hospital departments; a redesign of the doctor's bag and practical solutions for making offices more sustainable. SustainRCA, the cross-College centre for sustainability, will present a selection of sustainable design concepts by recent RCA graduates including new ideas for fashion, textiles, home products and transport.

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