The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design's annual exhibition of work by its research associates has been devised for the 2012 London Design Festival as a joint show with SustainRCA to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of Victor Papanek's seminal text, Design for the Real World. In 1972, at a time of rampant consumerism, Papanek made a powerful case for the importance of inclusive and sustainable design in meeting the real needs of people. Both aspects of Papanek's legacy are explored in this exhibition.
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design will present a range of inclusive and human-centred design projects by their Research Associates. Themes focus on ageing, diversity, health, working life and the city. Sustain RCA, the cross-College centre for sustainability led by Clare Brass, will also present the best sustainable design concepts by graduating RCA students.