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Weißensee GreenLab

How can we teach students sustainable design through Materials, Models, and Mindsets?

Laetitia Forst and Cathryn Hall were in Berlin to deliver three days of talks and workshops around designing for material and product circularity to students at Kunsthohschule Weißensee GreenLab.

The first day focussed on MATERIALS in which the mixed group of BA and MA product and textile design students started mapping sustainable materials in the framework of the TED’s TEN. The students then engaged in a first redesign activity using the TEN as a guideline, to fully engage and understand the different approaches and implications of the TEN sustainable strategies. This first day concluded with a talk by Prof. Becky Earley who reviewed 20 years of practice-based research through the Top 100 project.

The second day moved into considering systems and MODELS. Through the presentation of the PhD research of Laetitia and Cathryn and their associated workshops, the students were invited to think holistically about material and product circularity. Finally, the third day was a deep dive into MINDSETS. This started by questioning students’ own approach to fashion as consumers and extending these insights to the circular fashion speeds workshop.

Two women holding and looking at some material Photo credit: Cathryn Hall