Clare Brass

Clare Brass

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Introduction
Clare Brass is currently director at Department 22, and teaches at various institutions including Imperial Business School and Brunel University. Clare research focuses on Design for sustainable development.
Additional affiliations
September 2008 - present
Royal College of Art
Position
  • Head of Department
September 2007 - present
SEED Foundation
Position
  • Managing Director
September 2004 - September 2007
Design Council
Position
  • Head of Department

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Publications (21)
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Designing for object detachment offers potential for extending an object’s lifespan and reducing environmental impact. The philosophy and theory of care-giving in nursing practice may be usefully adapted and applied to the care of possessions. Care-giving behaviour towards objects includes maintaining and repairing them, but also letting them go gr...
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During the 20th century the cultural and economic value of products dramatically changed as the availability and affordability of mass-produced, low cost goods increased in the marketplace (Walker, 2006). We buy things that end up never used, we store objects that are never needed, find the extra storage space for the object that doesn’t fit in our...
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Makerspaces – open access design and fabrication workshops – provide new contexts for design practice through 'distributed production'. The global community of makerspaces has evolved quickly and in turn, substantial hype is attributed to its potential for radical sustainable innovation. In this article, we explore this potential in the context of...
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The chapter reports on a participatory drawing research study conducted by the Royal College of Art within the SusLabNWE project. It sought to explore people’s notions of energy and to visualise their ideas and associations relating to it. The study is framed within the context of the broader ethnographic research tools that were employed by the Su...
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Redistributed manufacturing is an emerging concept which captures the anticipated reshoring and localisation of production from large scale mass manufacturing plants to smaller-scale localised, customisable production units, largely driven by new digital production technologies. Critically, community-based digital fabrication workshops, or makespac...
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Abstract This paper presents the findings from an exploratory study that looks at current user behaviours and activities and scrutinises motivations and barriers related to product repair. The cultural probes method (Gaver, Dunne, & Pacenti, 1999) is used in order to broadly explore the motivations of, and drawbacks for, users and to inspire them t...
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Current packaging use within fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) produces a lot of unwanted waste that must be dealt with at significant cost, with negative environmental impacts. In the UK, annually, 10.8 million tonnes of packaging wastes are created; only 24% of plastic packaging is currently recycled (defra, 2011). Many packaging designers approa...
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The on-going race towards innovation and growth, continuously sustained by new products, has shaped a “throwaway era” overwhelmed by waste. The European economy is surprisingly wasteful in its model of value creation and sustains a take-make-dispose system. To face with this challenge, the European Waste Framework Directive suggests a hierarchy for...
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Our society is currently facing complex challenges, such us climate change, loss of biodiversity, ageing population, unemployment, to name but a few. This has created growing expectations on designers and engineers to explore, experiment and implement innovative solutions to such issues. At this critical time, if we want design to be part of the so...
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Drawing Energy describes work undertaken by the Royal College of Art as part of SusLabNWE (2012-15). This drawing-based research project explored people’s perceptions of energy, by asking them to write, draw or illustrate their thoughts and reactions to the question ‘What does energy look like?’ Over 180 members of the public took part in the proce...
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Chicken Run, an experimental project still in development, sees designers and scientists working together to explore ideas to improve poultry welfare in commercial facilities, applying user-centred design to all key stakeholders: farmer, consumer and chicken. Exploring various aspects of the chicken’s journey from egg to plate, the process has allo...
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If becoming a T-Shaped designer has hitherto been the accepted goal, how can we prepare the next generation of designers to maximise their inherent skills to address the most intractable global issues, currently considered outside of their traditional remit? This paper questions if T really is the best shape for our designers/engineers to adopt, or...
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Our society is currently facing complex challenges, such us climate change, loss of biodiversity, ageing population, unemployment, to name but a few. This has created growing expectations on designers and engineers to explore, experiment and implement innovative solutions to such issues. At this critical time, if we want design to be part of the so...
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Feedback on energy use mainly uses visual, numerical interfaces. This paper introduces an alternative: energy sonification, turning real-time electricity use data from appliances into ambient sound. Powerchord, a work in progress prototype developed through co-creation with householders, is detailed.
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This paper reports on work in progress to develop Powerchord, a near-real-time sonification system for electricity use data. Built around a common model of UK electricity monitor, Powerchord plays a variety of birdsong of different intensities in response to the instantaneous power readings from multiple household appliances, providing a form of am...
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Reducing home energy use is a major societal challenge, involving behaviour change alongside infrastructure improvements. However, many approaches lump 'energy demand' together as something homogeneous, addressable primarily through quantitative feedback, rather than basing interventions on an understanding of why people use energy as they do. Our...
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In the imminent future, scarcity of resources will require architects to be as engaged with the redesign of services and infrastructure as they are now with the specifying of new materials. This is a situation that will be made all the more urgent by the increasing gap in public spending at a local and national level. Clare Brass, Flora Bowden and...

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