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About Terra Carta

HRH The Prince of Wales launched the Terra Carta – a charter that puts sustainability at the heart of the private sector – as part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Marking 50 years of HRH campaigning for the environment, the Terra Carta offers the basis of a recovery plan to 2030 that puts Nature, People and Planet at the heart of global value creation.

Deriving its name from the historic Magna Carta – which inspired a belief in the fundamental rights and liberties of people over 800 years ago – the Terra Carta aims to reunite people and planet by giving fundamental rights and value to nature, ensuring a lasting impact and tangible legacy for this generation.

Terra Carta Design Lab

Announced in July 2021, HRH The Prince of Wales and Sir Jony Ive, Chancellor of the RCA and former Chief Design Officer at Apple, launched the Terra Carta Design Lab in partnership with the RCA.

The initiative has since invited some of the world’s most talented design students to design high-impact, low-cost solutions for Nature, People and Planet.

In February 2022, 20 finalists were shortlisted. In April 2022, four projects were announced as winners of the inaugural Terra Carta Design Lab, which will return in 2022/23.

Find out more about the Terra Carta Design Lab launch: Launching Terra Carta Design Lab.

The winning projects

The winning projects were selected by the Terra Carta Design Lab Grand Jury – comprising of HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Jony Ive, Dr Paul Thompson (Vice-Chancellor of the RCA), and representatives of the Terra Carta Design Lab partners Octopus Energy, The Climate Pledge and Bank of America.

Each team will receive £50,000 to help further develop their ideas, as well as mentoring from Sir Jony Ive and members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative global network.

Discover the winning teams below – click on the project name to find out more about each solution.

Aerseeds

A close up of Aerseeds
Water droplet on AMPHITEX, AMPHIBIO LTD
The Tyre Collective
A cow wearing a ZELP methane reducer.

Alongside the four overall winners, two further projects were voted highly commendable by the Terra Carta Design Lab Grand Jury and will receive £10,000 in funding to help develop their ideas, as well as mentoring from InnovationRCA, the RCA’s centre for entrepreneurship and business support.

The two highly commended projects are:

OR:BITAL BLOOM

OR:BITAL BLOOM data-driven artworks
Shellworks product development

The finalists

In February 2022, 20 teams of RCA students and recent alumni were shortlisted from 125 submissions. Representing all four Schools of the College, the projects propose a wide range of solutions to key environmental challenges – from creating circular materials and processes, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging corporate sustainability through responsive art.

Discover the Terra Carta Design Lab finalists on our dedicated project picker page.

Exhibition and events

Glass jars housing different materials on a wooden tabletop

An exhibition showcasing work by the 20 Terra Carta Design Lab finalists ran from 28 April to 12 May 2022 at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery.

Visitors to the Terra Carta Design Lab Exhibition were able to discover each project grouped according to the solutions they propose: 'Matter', 'Care for Ourselves & Our Planet' and 'Energy'.

Participants in the Terra Carta Design Lab were also invited to COP26 in November 2021, where they were able to present their ideas to HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Jony Ive and representatives of the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Partners

The Terra Carta Design Lab is led by HRH The Prince of Wales and Sir Jony Ive, in partnership with the Royal College of Art. The Terra Carta Design Lab forms part of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative. The Terra Carta Design Lab partners are Octopus Energy, Bank of America and The Climate Pledge.

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Royal College of Art x London Design Festival 2022: Open for Innovation

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To celebrate the opening of the RCA’s new state-of-the-art campus in Battersea and the return of in person executive masterclasses and short courses, we invite you to participate in a half day workshop and networking opportunity as part of London Design Festival 2022.