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Altyre Winter School students researching technological solutions to global emergency


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International students and lecturers sharing knowledge at the GSA Altyre campus Winter School.
International students and lecturers sharing knowledge at the GSA Altyre campus Winter School.

STUDENTS at Glasgow School of Art's Winter School are designing a future that won’t cost the Earth.

International students, academics, designers and researchers, including Google’s Machine Intelligence and Design Research team, have come together to address the biggest issue facing the planet today at the institution’s Highlands and Islands campus at Altyre,

The GSA’s 2020 Winter School, taking place over two weeks, brings together students, academics, designers and researchers from across the globe.

Head of the Innovation School, Dr Gordon Hush, said: "We live in a developed world of consumer abundance unlike anything that human history has ever recorded.

"We also inhabit a world threatened by scarcity of resources, climate change, enforced mass migration and a creeping sense of guilt born of a sense that we may be the last ‘lucky generation’, the last to enjoy a dream of an always improving future.

"Instead, we may be bequeathing to our children and grandchildren a dystopian world, bereft of natural resources or opportunities for a better life."

Over 150 students and academics from France (Audencia), Germany (KISD), Japan (Chiba University), Portugal (University of Aveiro) and the UK (GSA and the University of Bristol) are exploring the issues of sustainability, climate change, design and nature.

They have also been joined by a team from leading design agency, Nord Projects and a group of researchers from Google for a four-day intensive programme in which the participants will give free range to their creativity in proposing and devising solutions to the ‘costing the earth’ challenge.

Dr Hush said: "Winter School 2020 will start from the local - the natural environment of the Scottish Highlands - and move to the global bringing together contributors from the USA, Asia and Europe to look at how emerging technologies might be harnessed so that society can get the full benefit of future innovations in products and services without destroying the planet."

The Glasgow School of Winter School 2020 is running until Thursday, January 23.

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