Sustainable Futures at The Design Museum London

This exhibition showcases a range of design and architecture projects that explore the most important issues associated with sustainability. Celebrated through a selection of pioneering and forward thinking design approaches, this exhibition places sustainable design centre stage, focusing on how design can lead the way and make a positive contribution towards a more sustainable future. Open 31 March – 5 September 2010.

Curated under five themes: Cities, Energy and Economies, Food, Materiality and the Creative Citizen, this exhibition will explore projects that are either in the market place or in development, including the Masdar Development hailed to be the world’s first carbon neutral city in Abu Dhabi designed by Fosters + Partners. Fashion designer Christopher Raeburn and his Digital Rainbow Collection which reuses Ministry of Defense parachute materials will be displayed alongside projects that have not yet been seen by a wider audience, including the Energy AWARE Clock designed by the Interactive Institute in Stockholm that monitors the energy consumption in a domestic household, Local River by Mathieu Lehanneur, a concept for a domestic ‘refrigerator-aquarium’ that breeds freshwater fish and grows herbs at the same time, and Yves Bèhar’s FUSE project for sportslifestyle brand PUMA which is set to revolutionise their packaging and distribution system.”

Visitors will be encouraged to look at their own consumption habits and recognise the individual role they can play in embracing sustainability. The website will also enable visitors to engage with sustainable issues and share their opinions on sustainability.

Architecture models, products and prototypes will feature alongside material samples, film footage, visuals and interactive displays. The exhibition design, build and graphics will support the use of sustainable and ethically sourced materials where the full lifecycle and minimal impact of materials has been considered.