Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
The second in a series of themed exhibitions by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum that demonstrate how design can address the world’s most critical issues, "Design with the Other 90%: Cities," opened this past week at the United Nations in New York City. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, the museum’s curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition features more than 60 projects from 22 countries around the globe and explores design solutions to the challenges created by rapid urban growth in informal settlements (a.k.a. slums). The exhibition is free to the public and runs through Jan. 9, 2012. Here's a glimpse at some of the projects on view, from a "favela painting project" in Rio de Janeiro to Floating Community Lifeboats in Bangladesh, which provide space for solar-powered schools, libraries, clinics and community centers in response to rising waters and extreme density.
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- Now that sustainability is de rigeur in the architecture world, it is no surprise that a new tome from Taschen puts the solar power spotlight on 100 eco-friendly buildings.
- We always have strong green programming at Dwell on Design—from prefabs and solar arrays on the show floor to panel discussions and presentations on three stages—and this year is no exception.
- In Talca, Chile, over 50 wine barrels started a second life in 2006—though neither as planters nor avatars.
Finnish wood is the focus of the Light | Wood design exhibition in Santiago de Chile in January. This exhibition, one of the main events of Design Biennial in Chile, shows furniture and lighting fixtures from eighteen Finnish designers and craftspersons. The exhibition is curated by Kirsi Gullichsen and produced by Design Forum Finland.
Light | Wood 3–13 January 2013, Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho
Bienal de Diseño Chile, Santiago de Chile
- With its mild climate, endless surf, and amazing views of the Andes, Chile is an ideal destination for nature lovers.
- This weekend, I attended Compostmodern, a conference hosted by the AIGA SF that discussed the role of designers and the future of the profession with respect to sustainability.
Organized by MoMA, the exhibition focuses on 11 major architectural projects in underserved communities around the world: Alabama, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Lebanon, Los Angeles, Paris, South Africa, Southern California, and Venezuela. Confronting inequality via the tools of design, these architectural projects engage social, economic, and political conditions by developing post-utopian architectural interventions beginning with an understanding of and deference to a community. In each of these projects, ranging from schools to housing to community centers to infrastructural interventions, the architect is as much a moderator of social processes as a designer of a structure.
The exhibition runs from October 3, 2010 to January 3, 2011 in the third floor galleries.
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