Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014: Day 1

June 24, 2014

Day 1: Photo blog

Fellows and Mentors of the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship 2014 have traveled from over 4 continents to join the Foundation in the UK for this intensive one-week Summer School. Here you can keep up with the daily news and photos.


The Summer School Challenge
Fellows are set a Summer School challenge to work on in interdisciplinary groups. This year, the students have been set the question How could a city like Detroit evolve a positive or regenerative cycle of development?

Students will present back their answers on the last day of the Summer School to Ellen MacArthur and the mentors.


The Teardown Lab
Hosted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Andrew Turney, this was an opportunity to reflect on how design has been influenced by mass-production and consumer demand and why reevaluating products at a systems level would help to transform design in the future.

“It was an elegant and simple way to understand the evolution of product design.”

Jonathan Krones, MIT


Cranfield University led a specialist seminar series on the Biological Cycle of the circular economy. Academics and experts presented on the challenges and opportunities of moving towards a bio-based economy with detailed insights into fields such as anaerobic digestion and biofuels.

The day concluded with an hour of circle brainstorming led by Prof. Peter Childs of Imperial College London. This was a high-energy opportunity for Fellows to pitch their project ideas to the academics from the twelve Partner Universities, fellow students and thought leaders in the circular economy.


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