Conscious Design includes places, spaces and objects that have an awareness of, and responsibility towards people. The concept emerged out of the Conscious Cities Manifesto which advocates for the integration of technology and Science-Informed Design in order to create a healthier, more inclusive, and democratic built environment.

What is The Centre for Conscious Design?

The Centre for Conscious Design is an international grassroots think tank focused on using conscious design to alleviate complex social and urban issues today and in the future. 

Our mission is to reconceptualize design and push towards a ‘conscious’ model which responds to the needs of the people and communities. To us, Conscious Design is a continually metamorphosing process, which is fed equally by social systems and structures, science , storytelling, and participatory-design. By focusing on process, we believe that design can effectively address the future aspirations of urban populations. We strive to create environments which maximize individual and community potential, while integrating equity, wellbeing, and resilience into the fabric of everyday life. To do this, we focus on 5 key Pillars:

What is the relationship of the centre to the Conscious Cities movement?

The centre emerged out of the Conscious Cities movement. The CCD strives to promote the mission of the movement- spurring dialogue, research, publications and events focused on cultivating conscious cities. The CCD consists of an international network of interdisciplinary experts, such as: scientists, designers, technologists and community experts passionate about socially conscious design. We believe that as a democratic and grassroots movement, Conscious Cities should stay open to anyone wishing to engage in related research and practice. Anyone can organize Conscious Cities events or publications and we will do our best to support that work if invited to do so.

The Centre’s Goals


the person-space relationship.


networks of interdisciplinary experts passionate about conscious design.


resources and events that support conscious design.


and facilitate conscious design in decision making.


foresight into the development of Conscious Design