Dezeen Day 2019: How can design save the world?

We asked designers, scientists and thinkers at this year’s Dezeen Day to name the biggest challenges facing the planet today – and how to solve them.

“The biggest challenge facing the design community is the same as the biggest challenge facing the human race – can we get our collective acts together quickly enough to continue life on this planet?”

That’s how Marcus Fairs, Founder and Editor-in-chief of design website Dezeen, describes the key motivation behind Dezeen Day, an event that brought together architects and designers, scientists and innovators, in a bid to find solutions to the world’s problems.

“In the past design and architecture has fallen down by not being in the room where the big decisions are being made,” Fairs tells BBC Culture. And he hopes that platforms like Dezeen Day will help bring about change.

“Society as a whole is realising that we need to have all of the brains working together to solve these massive problems,” he says. “Teaming up with other areas of expertise, we have our biggest chance of doing something about climate change.”

Watch the video with Marcus Fairs above, which introduces Designing the World, a new series that explores how design can help find solutions to the world’s problems. Look out for more interviews on BBC Reel and BBC Future.

All interviews took place at Dezeen Day 2019 at the BFI, London.

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