1851 Design Fellowship 2020 applications are open

Jun 29, 2020

2020 Design Fellowship

£50,000 a year for 2 years
Closing date for applications Thursday 3 September 2020

Design for Resilience
The theme of this year’s fellowship is set in the context of the unexpected and our attitude to risk. Rare events, because of their nature tend to be far apart in time and the intellectual capital acquired in dealing with them can wither between the generations. Much of what we design is for an unambiguous purpose, whether it is a product, a service or a system in response to a clear market demand. Designers are often motivated to be inventive and set trends, or to create desirable products with ever increasing (but not necessarily used) functionality.


What if we re-thought our approach to design in the light of scarcity of resources? Climate change is making us re-think in so many ways our response to new environmental and social pressures. We are witnessing the search for certainty in science vying with the pragmatism of politics as we wrestle with a pandemic. Suddenly, simple but ingenious solutions to problems are welcomed. Flexibility and adaptability are invaluable to provide fast responses to crises; in what way, large or small, should we design for resilience in advance?

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