Pierre-Yves Paslier

Show RCA work

Major project:

Streettoolbox: New Tools for Public Expression on the Edge of Legality

The street used to be the face of the city we live in. In the past ten years, part of its role has shifted towards the Internet. The Arab Spring, dubbed the Twitter revolution, brought hope that this digital street would make up for the limitations of its physical counterpart.

However, the system backlashed. Egypt, Syria and recently Thailand have proved that as long as governments will control the Internet, digital activism will struggle. There is a need to readjust the physical and the digital for the future of activism.

Streettoolbox is a collaborative platform providing instructions for making new physical/digital tools exploring the multitude of creative opportunities that our urban environment offers. Activists and street artists contribute by sharing their feedback on the tools or uploading new projects.

Our target is you. Chances are we’ll disrupt your daily life, making you aware of issues that can’t afford the advertisement price tag.

Streettoolbox is a celebration of the chaotic beauty of our concrete jungle. It represents a new creative resistance against the ubiquitous consumerist culture of today.


  • Previous degrees

  • MEng, Mechanical Engineering, INSA de Lyon
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2014; ArtFutura, CCCB, Barcelona, 2013; Queen Elizabeth Prize Showcase, Tate Modern, London, 2013; Rio Tinto Sport Innovation Challenge, Object Gallery, Sydney, 2013; Future Manufacturing, Imperial College, London, 2013; Imperial Festival, Imperial College London, 2013
  • Publications

  • Joseph Flaherty, 'An Oculus Rift Hack That Lets You Draw in 3-D',, 2014; Carly Ayres, 'In the Details: Building a 3D Sketchpad That Lets You Draw Objects in Midair', Core77, 2014; Anna Winston, 'Gravity tablet makes 3D drawing "as easy as doodling on a piece of paper"', Dezeen, 2014; Jesus Diaz, 'This cool pad and pen lets you sketch in 3D using augmented reality',, 2014; Olivia B Waxman, 'This Edible Water Blob Could Replace Plastic Water Bottles',, 2014
  • Awards

  • Lexus Design Award, 2014; Best Experience Design, Pernod Ricard Future of Conviviality, 2013
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate

18-29 June

Royal College
of Art Graduate

The Royal College of Art has a deserved reputation for excellence in research and innovation, and a remit – embodied in its Royal Charter – to take that innovation out into industry and engage with real-world issues. 2013/14 is notable for the number of graduating MPhil and PhD students – 25 in total – as well as groundbreaking student projects that seek to expand practice and policy within their disciplines, many of which are represented here in Show RCA 2014. 

Established in 2012 and showing here for the first time are the programmes of Information Experience Design, Interior Design and Service Design.

Show RCA 2014 is presented across the College’s two campuses: Battersea and Kensington. This year, some 575 Master’s, MPhil and PhD students graduate from the six Schools of the RCA. 

As ever, the breadth, quality and originality of projects at the RCA’s annual Show is inspiring and energising. On behalf of the staff and faculty of the Royal College of Art, we offer our sincere congratulations to the graduands of 2014.

Dr Paul Thompson