'The overview effect' is the shift in awareness reported by astronauts during spaceflight whilst viewing the Earth from space. Against the backdrop of deep space, the conflicts and tensions of human life seem trivial in the face of a deeper shared need to preserve the planet and our collective presence on it. NASA's 'blue marble' images of the Earth from space are often used to introduce and frame the contemporary sustainability agenda for those of us unable to experience the overview effect first-hand.
This course embraces a wide range of interests and concerns, often combining the ecological and the social dimensions of sustainability. The overview effect can therefore be used to frame our work, and the range of interests evident in the final major projects of the graduating 2013/14 cohort. This is our overview of sustainability.
Read the flyer for The Overview – Perspectives on Designing for Sustainable Futures (PDF)
View a summary of projects by students completing the course in 2014, presented at Makerversity, Somerset House, London: