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Creative Sustainability Lab: Energy Hack

Radial Project (GSA Sustainability)

Friday, 23 January 2015 from 12:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

Creative Sustainability Lab: Energy Hack

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The Creative Sustainability Lab series idea was born out of a need to explore the over-consumption of utilities that are both carbon intensive and expensive to the GSA: energy (electricity and gas) and water.

The Glasgow School of Art spent £350,000 on energy in 2013, a lot of which was wasted through buildings being inefficient and users unaware. We are currently recruiting a team of design and media volunteers to work on visualising this energy use, translating it into accessible and understandable terms.


Now, students and staff of GSA, we need YOUR skills and knowledge.


The CS Lab will provide a platform to visualise and collaborate on producing solutions to our consumption problem. Ultimately, we want to end up with a number of practical yet creative, real-life solutions, which with your assistance, we can catalyse.

Nurturing a safe but disruptive platform we invite staff and students from across the school to attend the Lab, where we hope to creatively, collaboratively and practically tackle issues in an informal environment.

Hacking is a great way of organically and collaboratively tackling problems, creating interventions, which help dissipate an issue. Small teams can tackle tough problems in a supportive community of peers and mentors.


We will be running the first CS Lab in collaboration with Snook, a Glasgow based service design agency. See what Snook have to say:

"We have a distinct focus on social good and innovation in the public domain. Snook is all about the power of people and everyone’s ability to transform their own realities.

Our process is characterised by co-creation, ensuring the process to develop ideas will be undertaken with the people who will use and deliver them. We lay a strong emphasis on ethnographic research to understand user behaviour and the context in which we are designing for."

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12.30 - 13.00 Participants Arrive

13.00 - 13.20 Introduction by Eilidh Sinclair and GSA Sustainability Team

                    Introduction by Sarah Drummond, Snook

13.20 - 14.00 Challenge Mash

14.00 - 14.30 Matrix session

14.30 - 15.00 Opportunity Cards

15.00 - 15.15 Break

15.15 - 16.00 Communicative artefact

16.00 - 16.15 Presenting Ideas

16.15 - 16.45 Project Timeline

16.45 - 17.00 Questions and Reflections

Do you have questions about Creative Sustainability Lab: Energy Hack? Contact Radial Project (GSA Sustainability)

When & Where

The Art School: GSA Students' Association
20 Scott Street
G3 6PE Glasgow
United Kingdom

Friday, 23 January 2015 from 12:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Radial Project (GSA Sustainability)

Radial is a collective of creative thinkers from the university community of Glasgow. We are all connected through a shared need and desire to live sustainably. We believe that climate change is a cultural issue connected to inherent values we all hold. Therefore we can all find commonality and connection to tackle these issues together transforming current habits into meaningful habits that will build a sustainable future.

Funded by Zero Waste Scotland and born out of GSA Sustainability; we are students, staff, volunteers and facilitators spread across all creative disciplines from the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and University Strathclyde.

Our core aim is to collectively inspire action towards a zero waste society through the exploration, practice and sharing of ideas that are rooted in the circular economy and resource efficiency.

Our project focuses on 3 areas: food waste prevention; extended product life cycles and increased recycling. In each of these areas we will allow space for holistic thinking and as the project grows embrace the many directions the work might take and the many people that will help shape it.

Radial is part of the GSA Sustainability family tree.

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