Designology Studio

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Come and take part in our year-long public programme of events, situated in the ‘pop-up’ designer’s Studio integrated into our temporary Designology exhibition. The programme will be actively exploring how good design makes life in London better, through residencies and participatory workshops. Over the coming year we will be exploring three themes:

  • Social Behaviour, Wayfinding, Data and Mapping (May – July 2016)
  • Beyond the Surface (August – September 2016)
  • Designing the Tube (October 2016 – February 2017)
  • Driverless Futures, utopia or dystopia

Entry to the Studio and the programme of events is included in the cost of museum entry and tickets are valid for the whole programme.

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Weaving futures

22 November 2016 to 18 February 2017

Full programme: Weaving futures [2.5 MB]

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Weaving Futures programme will not be taking place on Saturday 18 February. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Between November 2016 and February 2017, London Transport Museum will be highlighting the importance and potential of woven textiles to the London Transport system, through a programme called Weaving Futures, curated by design industry experts Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey.

Resident artists and designers will explore the role of textiles in modern transport now and in the future. They will focus on ‘untapped’ sources of data generated by, or helpful to, the transport system. Their responses will then be interpreted into woven textiles, live for museum visitors. 

Weaving Futures events will take place every week in the Museum’s pop-up Designology Studio. All day-time events are drop-in and free to attend with the annual London Transport Museum admission ticket. 

Artistic approaches will include drawing, photography, film, sound, mark-making and model making. Designology Studio residents include: 

  • Wallace Sewell; designers of contemporary Moquette seating fabric for Transport for London – 22 and 26 November
  • Assemble; Turner Prize winning collective of artists, architects and designers – 06 and 08 December
  • Camira; producers of London’s best known urban fabrics, including a million meters of Moquette a year – 09 and 10 December
  • Gainsborough Weaving; a company with 100 years of successive weaving experience – 13 and 14 December
  • Research collaboration with Brock, Dempsey and Veja; combined experts in woven jacquard and haptics, industrial product design and woven e-textiles, wearable technology and smart textiles - 25, 26 and 30 January
  • BeatWoven; avant-garde designers who use song and sound to create their textile designs – 9 and 10 February

Other designers include Eleanor Pritchard, Ismini Samanidou, Linda Florence, Josephine Ortega, Rare Threads, Studio Houndstooth, Takram and Textile design degree students from Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London.

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Driverless Futures, utopia or dystopia?

3 March to 23 April 2017

To conclude the series, we bring you Driverless Futures, utopia or dystopia from March - April, in partnership the Royal College of Art (RCA). This theme will explore how autonomous vehicles could present the most significant change in transport since the transition from horse drawn carriages to motorised vehicles. Alongside the new ‘Driverless Futures’ display, there will be four exciting pop-up events (listed below). The events offer a unique chance to meet designers from the RCA and explore the impact of autonomous vehicles in our everyday lives. Designers will be on hand for visitors of all ages to highlight real-life hopes and fears, as well as share insights and actively explore ideas about the future of vehicle design.

No booking required, daytime events (listed below) are drop-in and free with your annual London Transport Museum admission (Adults £16.00 advance online booking or £17.00 on the door; Concessions £13.50 advance online booking or £14.50 on the door; Under 18s free – valid for a whole year).

Entertaining interiors

Date: 9 March 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00

RCA designers will be on hand to explore how the inside of our cars and vehicles might change in the future. Visitors will have the chance to help design future mobility concepts, sharing their ideas on what might go on inside our vehicles of the future. 

What can be made ‘driverless’? 

Date: 16 March 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00

RCA designers will be going beyond the obvious, exploring what else might become autonomous in the future. Autonomous delivery pods, waste recyclers, advertisements, vending machines, showers? They will be inviting visitors to tell them what should be turned autonomous in the future and asking for help to create new concepts. Visitors can get stuck in or just enjoy watching the designers at work. 

Cars for Kids

Date: 6 April 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00

Will kids have their own cars? Will they need cars as big as adults? Will parents feel comfortable allowing their children to use driverless cars? In this event RCA designers will be having fun with visitors designing vehicles for people below the driving licence age. Come and share your views and help them design automation for the next generation.

Autonomous Architecture

Date: 13 April 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00

In this event RCA designers and architects will be looking at how our urban spaces will evolve and develop as a result of driverless vehicles. Will we need traffic lights? How will our roads change? Where will future vehicles park, be charged or repaired? Could they become an extension of your home or an alternative to hotel rooms? Pop into the studio to explore the future with them and get involved with their design process. 

DEBATE: Driverless Futures, Utopia or Dystopia?

Date: 20 April 2017
Time: 14:00–16:00 

Come and take part in a panel debate exploring the potential risks or rewards of a driverless world. Hear from the experts and help inform future investigations. From hopes; accessible and affordable vehicles, less stress, less pollution and safer streets? To fears; job losses, streets and cities filled with intimidating machines and isolated people?

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