The time has come for all of us to get to grips with this issue in fundamental ways. It is our own backyard after all. The first global climate strike in 2018 reflected growing awareness that we need to change the way we live. Following small-scale initiatives toward the end of the last century, activity around these matters is now on the rise in the field of design.
The exhibition IT’S OUR F***ING BACKYARD shows how makers and companies are choosing to make their contribution to solutions to the climate crisis. The focus in this exhibition is on their selection of materials, one of the most crucial strategies. There is a great deal of work being carried out to develop new materials based on re-use and resources that cause less damage. Some designers are showing that ancient, local knowledge can lead to new or renewed insights. Another option is to create products that require far less raw material. Other makers are focusing on increasing awareness as another way to exert influence.
The striking examples in the exhibition have emerged from a variety of design disciplines and are at differing stages in their development. They range from product design and fashion to architecture, from utilitarian objects that are already on the market to experiments that may or may not deliver concrete results.