The RCA’s Dyson building in Battersea will host three exhibitions, each with a very different design agenda.
RCA Battersea: 15–23 September
Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AN
Open 10am–5.30pm daily (23 Sept closes at 1pm). Free admission.
Helen Hamlyn Research Associates Symposium: 17 September, 4pm (by invitation)
Private view: 17 September, 6-8pm
Life Examined is the annual presentation of design projects by the Helen Hamlyn Research Associates that explores design to improve people's lives. Socrates famously observed that 'the unexamined life is not worth living'. Here the theme of 'life examined' reflects the emphasis in the work on in-depth user research with different groups of people – from taxi drivers, hospital patients and office workers to care home residents with dementia or autism. These interactions with individuals and communities are captured in a series of specially commissioned photographs that will form the backbone of the exhibition. The Helen Hamlyn Research Associates programme provides a platform for new design graduates of the RCA to address key social challenges, and is supported by a wide range of business, public sector and third sector partners.
Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap looks at the challenges facing modern urban transportation hubs and the design strategies used to respond to them. This collaborative project between two groups of design students – RCA Design Products' Platform 17 and the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan – focussed on London’s Marylebone and Tainan train stations. From wayfinding to ticket machines, food stalls to health and safety installations, design has the potential to target areas of specific public need, this exhibition documents the students' research and resulting design proposals.
Lazy Bytes asks ‘Can the TV remote control become a valuable object?’. The EPFL+ECAL Lab, in collaboration with the Kudelski Group, invited four schools - the Royal College of Art, ENSCI - Les Ateliers, Parsons – the New School for Design, and ECAL to rethink the daily link between our real body and the digital world. The exhibition features a selection of innovative propositions for remote control designs.