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 the design 
.challenge 

radical gardening in urban spaces 

The current ecological crisis presents consequences for all of us and as designers we have a responsibility to act, propose, challenge and share. Over the period of two weeks students and staff collaboratively worked together on the Planetary Health Cookbook, populated with radical interventions, design challenges, guides, advice, hacks, tips, tutorials, instruction sets, individual stories, coping mechanisms, training exercises, manifestos and collective actions; recipes for people to act individually or collectively. 

This project has a design-led focus on developing actionable strategies for a beneficial, sustainable, holistic relationship with the earth, its diverse peoples, its flora and fauna, addressing some of the risks to our interconnected ecologies. For this year's Common Design Studio the overarching theme of 'Radical Gardening in Urban Spaces' provided a direction for all the student groups. We collectively aim to offer more than preventative measures - instead looking to positive futures made possible through knowledge sharing and design as a means of action. 

 studio partners 

UAL / LCC 

Design School 
London College of Communication 

London 

Eva Verhoeven 

Gareth Foote 

Joel Karamath 

Laura Lovell-Anderson

Maria Dada

RMIT 

School of Design 
RMIT University 

Melbourne 

Neal Haslem 

Blair Wilde

Elisava 

School of Design

& Engineering 

Barcelona 

Albert Fuster 

Roger Paez