Dott 07 Eco-Design Challenge

Dott-07The UK’s Design Council conceived the Design of the Time (Dott) programme to promote the use of design in solving society's problems. The first Dott biennial, called Dott07, ran from 2006 to 2007 in the North East of England. One of the projects was the Eco-design Challenge which engaged school children in design and sustainability issues.

This competition was open to every year 8 class in the North East region. Pupils calculated the ecological footprint of their school day then produced a design solution to address part of that footprint. Terra Infirma developed much of the teaching material and trained 50 teachers in sustainability, ecological footprinting and eco-design techniques.

In a follow-up, Gareth Kane ran four public workshops on eco-design during the Dott07 Festival which closed the Biennial.

More recently, Terra Infirma has been supporting the Design Council in developing future Eco-design Challenges for Dott Cornwall and a smaller project sponsored by a water company.

"Gareth Kane’s technical knowledge of environment and sustainability is second to none and his ability to express complex technical issues in layman’s terms is extraordinary."

Nick Devitt, Dott07

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