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Design Fiction, Speculative project, Future of Education


November 2016 - March 2017

Elephant & Castle, London


Project initiated & led by / Central Saint Martins, UAL, Arup Foresight + Innovation 

Role / Design Research, Narrative world-building, Spatial Design

Team involved /  Ankita Trivedi, Erica Jensen, Isabelle Gomez, Concetta Reuss, Zahra Toolabi, Allia Galimova


For a period of 3 months, Central Saint Martins and Arup Foresight & Innovation came together to discuss drivers of change and contemplate the future reality of design education.

The dialogue stemmed from the question -

How can projections of the future trigger new opportunities and challenges, and how can they translate into impactful stories?


Using foresight and narrative techniques, the team explored how a London-based design and media University might evolve into the future, specifically the year 2037.

Concentrating on London College of Communication, UAL, London, the scene that emerged imagined a university set in a dystopic, technology-driven world defined by economic decline and inequality. Students primarily interacted with machines, rather than tutors. The scenario centred on overseas student Amina, who faced the dilemma of joining the corporate world or becoming a radical activist.

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