Among RCA's many contribution to the London Design Festival this week, RCA Sustain—housed at the school itself—is a collection of student work offering insights and solutions for a world that will be forced to adapt by changes in the world's climate.
Markus Kayser's "Solar Sintering" stood out as a particularly pertinent future vision for industrial designers. Markus imagines a time—perhaps in the not too distant future—where manufacturing processes as we know them today become too costly and unpopular to sustain.
The concept explore this possibilities for manufacturing of basic objects, like bowls and plates, in the world's deserts, where energy and resources are abundant. Perhaps a method could be developed, Markus hypothesis, where the suns rays can be concentrated to power a 3D printing process, creating a glass-like material from the sand.
Whether viable or not Markus' concept offers interesting perspective on how the relationship between nature and manufacture could develop in the coming years.
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.