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RCA Grand Challenge 2023/24 Ocean & Cities exhibition

Key details


  • 8am – 11:59pm


  • External (Overseas)
  • Lobby, Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Everyone


  • Exhibition

Join us for the Grand Challenge: Designing for Ocean & Cities Exhibition at the UN Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona. The Grand Challenge 2023/24: Ocean & Cities is part of the RCA’s work as a UNESCO Ocean Decade Implementing Partner.

This year’s Grand Challenge brings London closer to the ocean. 140 student teams from the School of Design examined London’s relationship to the sea, identifying design opportunities across the city’s 32 boroughs and the City of London. The goals were to address cities' impacts on the ocean and increase resilience to the ocean-related effects of climate change.

About the Grand Challenge

The RCA Grand Challenge is the biggest single-institution postgraduate design project in the world. The Grand Challenge promotes interdisciplinary collaboration across School of Design programmes to address complex and urgent problems of societal relevance. This year, close to 700 students were involved from Design Products, Fashion, Innovation Design Engineering, Intelligent Mobility, Service Design and Textiles.