Charlie Paton RDI, award-winning product developer, maker, designer and forester will give this year's RDI Address.
Earth, Wind and Fire
Just add water – a climate recipe
As we lurch from one crisis to the next, our present and future is looking decidedly sub-optimal. We have the tools and technologies to fix things, but are we using them wisely?
For everything we make or use, the materials have either grown or been mined. Everything either comes from plants or a hole in the ground. The products have all been designed somewhere by someone. Does that make designers part of the problem or part of the solution? If so, how?
Can we conceive of solutions to our world’s climate emergency, forest fires and rising sea levels, conflict and the hunger that goes with it – all while cooling the planet? Charlie offers some suggestions.
Prior to the Address, 4 new Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and 3 new Honorary Royal Designers for Industry will be welcomed to the Faculty.
The title ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ is awarded annually by the RSA to designers of all disciplines who have achieved sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society.
The RDI is the highest accolade for designers in the UK. Only 200 designers can hold the title. Non-UK designers may become honorary Royal Designers.
The ‘Royal Designers’ are responsible for designing the world around us, enriching our cultural heritage, driving innovation, inspiring creativity in others and improving our quality of life.
*Please note this event will take place at RSA House and will be livestreamed online - please ensure to register for the correct ticket type to avoid disappointment*