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up to and including 03 June 2016

Design Column #12 - Spaceship Earth

Design Column #12 Spaceship Earth brings together projects by designers, artists and scientists who are reimagining the world through innovative concepts.

The agreements at COP21, the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, are more extensive and more ambitious than ever before. With a legally-binding international accord, there is now a clear and ambitious goal: to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. To achieve this, greenhouse gas emissions will have to be reduced to zero by 2100. 

Companies now realise that green and sustainable products are the future. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development - a partnership between 200 multinationals - promises a radical change in the DNA of our energy system. When our energy system changes, it has a knock-on effect: on transport, packaging, the built environment, electronic products and our consumption.

One of the big changes is the emergence of the ‘smart factory’ and ‘the internet of things’. It represents a transition from wasteful mass production to a flexible, on-demand supply of products and solutions. Architect Thomas Rau, initiator of the Pay Per Lux concept, believes we are on the brink of a complete revolution of being. In order to survive on ‘spaceship earth’, which is in fact a closed system, we need to develop a balanced relationship with nature. The future of the economy is closely tied to a redefinition of the man’s relationship with the planet.


Ideas that make a difference

Every three months the Design Column focuses on a news item in the form of a small exhibition. The column is a place where new ideas are made visible, where the power of imagination is given expression. Designers and artists are especially interested in experimental imagination. With their idiosyncratic vision, they see things differently and are capable of bringing about change. The Design Column creates a space for these innovative concepts.