Material Ethics: The Sustainability Conundrum
When it comes to designing and making things, what does it mean to be 'sustainable'? What if one cannot attain a sustainable perfection?
In the Smart Citizens first Sustainable Design Talk, Owen Groombridge will take us through the design and making process, with a focus on how we use material and energy. He will explore how we can find a balance between achieving our design ambitions whilst making our designs in a sustainable way.
Owen Groombridge is a technical demonstrator, short course tutor, and a researcher for the European funded Impact Lab, at Fab Lab Plymouth. His Impact Lab research involves the design of emergency surgical procedure models which are easy to fabricate at a local level, and use environmentally safe materials.
Owen's interests include materials, material ethics, and processes; how to get the most out of something with as small a negative impact as possible.