Design workshop held for Copenhagen climate conference

Design network The Quiet Riot is set to host a workshop in collaboration with Your Climate TV during the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The workshop, sponsored by the Danish Foreign Ministry, will take place tomorrow at parallel event Klimaforum, which bills itself as ‘the people’s climate summit’, on the theme of ‘designing sustainability’.

The ideas generated during the workshop will be critiqued by a public audience and a panel of experts including Michael Braungart, co-founder of the eco-focused cradle-to-cradle movement.

Martin Hoenle, founder of The Quiet Riot, says, ‘There’s a lot going on with Green and eco issues, but it’s still not mainstream. The workshop will look at how to capture consumers.’

He adds, ‘A lot of stuff needs complete rethinking. Some things ideally would be started from scratch, but as this is often not possible, there needs to be a radical approach to eco-design.

‘Three-quarters of design projects have been totally decided before the designer is involved, and then it’s too late to bring in eco-friendly influences. The design process might have to change a bit.’

Your Climate TV will stream the two-hour event live, and The Quiet Riot will post extracts on its website after the workshop.

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