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SustainRCA Show and Awards 2014 Finalists Announced

A computer interface that works on vibration rather than electrical circuit board; an emergency programme that tackles the loss of coral reefs from ocean acidification; a camping equipment rental system to reduce festival waste; and a pot that cooks without gas or electricity are among the 35 SustainRCA Awards finalist projects selected yesterday during Show RCA 2014.

The 35 finalist projects will go forward to the SustainRCA Show and Awards – SustainRCA's visionary showcase of exceptional sustainability-themed work during the London Design Festival in September . 

Finalists' work this year tackles issues including: the circular economy and electronics waste; plight of coral reefs and bees; air pollution; dealing with nuclear disaster; animal welfare and meat processing; preserving heritage and craft skills through new industries; the use of synthetic biology technologies for food production; transparency in supply chains; crowd-funding for community energy and much more. 

Many of the SustainRCA Show finalists have been supported, inspired and mentored by SustainRCA through its dedicated programme of tutorials, talks, workshops, specialist resources and access to a professional sustainability network. 

Head of SustainRCA Clare Brass said, ‘The diversity, depth and quantity of graduate work this year is unprecedented. There’s growing awareness that sustainability – environmental and social equality and justice – really underpins the fabric of our future. The SustainRCA team has worked hard throughout the academic year to really engage with students across the College through our dedicated tutorials, talks and research programme.’

Almost 100 graduating students from across 16 programmes and five schools at the Royal College of Art applied to the annual SustainRCA Show and Awards. 

Winners this year will be chosen by a judging panel including critic and writer John Thackara; former BIMA chief executive Justin Cooke; former Philips head of social foresight and change, Josephine Green; Griffith University sustainability expert Malcolm McIntosh; and RCA Head of Design Products Sharon Baurley on 17 September. The winners across four categories: Moving Minds, Visionary Process, Inspired Product and Solutions for Society will be announced at a private view, and will each receive a bursary to support their ongoing work in sustainability.

The SustainRCA Show and Awards is supported by Climate-Kic.

 The 35 SustainRCA Show and Award 2014 finalists are:


  • Isobel Davies, State of Emergency
  • Janice Lau, Architecture, Atrocity Exhibition – a Public Abattoir
  • Tom Price, Indispensable Infrastructure
Innovation Design Engineering

  • Timothy Sadler, VIBE
  • Nell Bennett, Coral3
  • Julian Melchiorri, Silk Leaf & Exhale
  • Paul Stawenow, Project Phoenix
  • Sol Lee, Smart Festivals
  • Julia Johnson, Plan Bee
  • Andreas Bilicki, eGlu
  • Rodrigo García González, Ooho!
  • Pierre Paslier, Advanced Activism

Design Interactions

  • Johanna Schmeer, Between Objects and Organisms
  • Mohammed J Ali, A New Enlightenment

Design Products

  • Jess Fügler, Inked
  • Marcin Rusak, Flowering Transition
  • Julia Georgallis, The Bread Companion
  • Ashley de Garmo and Federico Trucchia, Mag-Cook
  • Mireia Gordi Vila, Fragile
  • Tino Seubert, The Colour of Air

Service Design

  • Amy Lee, Energy Seed
  • Marion Ferrec and Kate Wakely, Disclosed

Information Experience Design

  • Peter Shenai, Change Ringing


  • Vesta Kroese, Skirting Board


  • Gabriele Dini, Swarm Scale


  • Felicity Hammond, Restore to Factory Settings


  • Lida Marinkova, Melting Away
  • Hana Mitsui, New Value Of The Waste
  • Neha Lad, Beauty In The Discarded

Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery

  • Max Danger, Let it Bee

Ceramics & Glass

  • Alicja Patanowska, Plantation
  • Monette Larson, Aspiring Nature
  • Tana West, Culverted


  • Louise Bennetts, Sustainability by Stealth


  • Alice Dunsheath, Plastic Shores

The SustainRCA Show and Awards runs from 18 September – 3 October 2014 at the RCA Kensington, during the London Design Festival.