Terra Carta Design Lab

    Discovering high impact solutions to the climate crisis

    The Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Terra Carta Design Lab is a global competition, inspired by its guiding mandate the Terra Carta , which invites students to design high-impact solutions to address the damage being done to our planet. 

    Launched by His Majesty King Charles III, then The Prince of Wales, and Sir Jony Ive in 2021, the Design Lab recognises the role art and design have in helping to address the climate crisis, and partners with prestigious design schools to discover student-led, high impact and commercially viable solutions.

    Terra Carta Design Lab Partners

    The inaugural Terra Carta Design Lab partnered with the Royal College of Art (RCA) to discover four winning designs which have since secured funding and are being further developed to bring them to market.

    For 2023, the Design Lab is now bringing its search to the global stage and is partnering with four prestigious schools; the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (UAE), National Institute of Design Ahmedabad (India), Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and the Royal College of Art (UK). 

      Global Judging Panel

      All entries will be judged by a panel of experts at each school, with a top ten shortlist presented to the Global Judging Panel for final assessment. The Global Judging Panel will be led by Sir Jony Ive, renowned designer and Chancellor of the Royal College of Art. 

      Multidisciplinary collaboration has never been more important,” said Sir Jony Ive. “It is incredibly rewarding to see an even broader group of students use deep creative collaboration to develop thoughtful ways of tackling the multifaceted challenges of the climate crisis.

      I'm incredibly proud to be part of the Terra Carta Design Lab and the momentum it has built over the past two years. The mission of addressing the climate crisis is more relevant and urgent than ever, and I'm very excited to see the ideas these international design students will have developed by next Autumn.

      Sir Jony Ive, Chancellor of the Royal College of Art
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      Sir Jony Ive

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