Friday, 9 May 2008

design for the other 90%

Fancy drinking dirty water out of a super straw? Or winding up your laptop to look at your email? These are some inspiring transdisciplinary projects that are taking place in the design word right now.

Last night I went to a presentation by Cynthia E. Smith, curator of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of New York. Her exhibition, design for the other 90%, showcases the work of designers, architects, industrial engineers and other creatives who are working to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing nations around the world.

What interests me is the possibility of working across national and disciplinary boundaries to create items that drastically changes lives in the poorer nations of the world. AND the possibilities of designing objects and experiences that alleviate poverty that exists around the corner in our own neighbourhoods. Check out the link it is a great website.

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