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Terra Carta Design Lab

In July 2021, the RCA announced that it would be collaborating with HRH The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) to deliver the Terra Carta Design Lab, inviting students and recent alumni to develop credible and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis and to give back to nature.

HRH The Prince of Wales (Royal Visitor to the RCA) and RCA Chancellor Sir Jony Ive call upon emerging architects, designers, scientists, engineers, historians, writers and artists to address the damage being done to the planet and create high-impact, low-cost solutions which align with the aims of the SMI. Primarily to combat climate change using local initiatives to restore biodiversity, reduce greenhouse gases, and catalyse a new economic and social model that realigns people with their environment.

Paul Thompson speaking at the Terra Carta Design Lab COP26 Event

Extreme E Collaboration

This year the RCA has embarked on a sustainability-focused, information and data sharing partnership with Extreme E, an off-road racing championship for electric SUVs that will hold races in locations hurt most by climate change to promote environmental repair and protection.

One of the first projects, will involve the RCA placing a robotic sensor pack on the HMS St Helena, which will be transporting the Extreme E team and vehicles, to gather the real time data as it travels the world's oceans to each race location. This data will be fed back to the RCA as part of the RCA Grand Challenge 2021/22, for them to respond to.

We are incredibly excited to explore the results and work further with Extreme E, tackling some of the biggest environmental issues facing the planet.

Extreme E's floating operations hub the St Helena