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Earlier this month, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum unveiled its fourth exhibition in its National Design Triennial series: Why Design Now?. The exhibit features more than 125 projects--spanning design disciplines from architecture and product design to fashion, graphics, and new media--all with the intent to highlight solutions to contemporary human and environmental problems. The projects, which fall into eight themes (energy, mobility, community, materials, prosperity, health, communication, and simplicity), are on display in New York through January 9, 2011. View our slideshow for a peek at 45 of the works on display.

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  Medellín, Colombia, Jardin Botanico-Orquideorama (Botanical Garden). Alejandro Bernal (Colombian, b. 1973), Felipe Mesa (Colombian, b. 1975), Camilo Restrepo (Colombian, b. 1974), and J. Paul Restrepo (Colombian, b. 1944), PLAN B Architects. Colombia, 2004–7. Photo: Sergio Gómez
    Medellín, Colombia, Jardin Botanico-Orquideorama (Botanical Garden). Alejandro Bernal (Colombian, b. 1973), Felipe Mesa (Colombian, b. 1975), Camilo Restrepo (Colombian, b. 1974), and J. Paul Restrepo (Colombian, b. 1944), PLAN B Architects. Colombia, 2004–7. Photo: Sergio Gómez
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  Solvatten Solar Safe-Water System. Petra Wadström (Swedish, b. 1952), Solvatten AB. Manufactured by Mälarplast AB. Sweden, 2008. ABS plastic, acrylic. Photo: David Wadström
    Solvatten Solar Safe-Water System. Petra Wadström (Swedish, b. 1952), Solvatten AB. Manufactured by Mälarplast AB. Sweden, 2008. ABS plastic, acrylic. Photo: David Wadström
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  Veil Curtain. Ritva Puotila (Finnish, b. 1935), Woodnotes OY. Finland, 2008. Paper yarn. Photo: Woodnotes OY
    Veil Curtain. Ritva Puotila (Finnish, b. 1935), Woodnotes OY. Finland, 2008. Paper yarn. Photo: Woodnotes OY
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  Sampoorna Chulha Stove, Philanthropy by Design Initiative. Unmesh Kulkarni (Indian, b. 1966), Praveen Mareguddi (Indian, b. 1970), Simona Rocchi (Italian, b. 1966), and Bas Griffioen (Dutch, b. 1970), Philips Design. Manufactured by various local entrepreneurs. Partner: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute. The Netherlands and India, 2007–8. Concrete with metal elements, clay and cow dung mixture. Photo: Philips Design
    Sampoorna Chulha Stove, Philanthropy by Design Initiative. Unmesh Kulkarni (Indian, b. 1966), Praveen Mareguddi (Indian, b. 1970), Simona Rocchi (Italian, b. 1966), and Bas Griffioen (Dutch, b. 1970), Philips Design. Manufactured by various local entrepreneurs. Partner: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute. The Netherlands and India, 2007–8. Concrete with metal elements, clay and cow dung mixture. Photo: Philips Design
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  MIT CityCar, prototype. William J. Mitchell (Australian, b. 1944), Ryan Chin (American, b. 1974), William Lark Jr. (American, b. 1981), Raul-David Poblano (American, b. 1979), Peter Schmitt (German, b. 1977) and Philip Angus Liang (Hong Kong, b. 1982), Smart Cities, MIT Media Laboratory, with Mitchell Joachim (American, b. 1972) and Franco Vairani (Argentinean, b. 1973), MIT Department of Architecture, and Andres Sevtsuk (Estonian, b. 1981), MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning. United States, 2003–present. Rendering: MIT Media Lab, Smart Cities
    MIT CityCar, prototype. William J. Mitchell (Australian, b. 1944), Ryan Chin (American, b. 1974), William Lark Jr. (American, b. 1981), Raul-David Poblano (American, b. 1979), Peter Schmitt (German, b. 1977) and Philip Angus Liang (Hong Kong, b. 1982), Smart Cities, MIT Media Laboratory, with Mitchell Joachim (American, b. 1972) and Franco Vairani (Argentinean, b. 1973), MIT Department of Architecture, and Andres Sevtsuk (Estonian, b. 1981), MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning. United States, 2003–present. Rendering: MIT Media Lab, Smart Cities
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  Oslo Opera House. Craig Dykers (American, b. 1961), Tarald Lundevall (Norwegian, b. 1948), and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (Norwegian, b. 1948), Snøhetta; project architects: Bjørg Aabø, Sigrun Aunan, Simon Ewings, Rune Grasdal, Tom Holtmann, Elaine Molinar, Marianne Sætre, Kari Stensrød, Øystein Tveter; structure, external walls and roofs: Veidekke Entreprenør AS; ground works and foundations: Johs. Syltern AS. Client: Norwegian Ministry of Church and Cultural Affairs. Norway, 2001–8. Photo: Jiri Havran//Snøhetta
    Oslo Opera House. Craig Dykers (American, b. 1961), Tarald Lundevall (Norwegian, b. 1948), and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (Norwegian, b. 1948), Snøhetta; project architects: Bjørg Aabø, Sigrun Aunan, Simon Ewings, Rune Grasdal, Tom Holtmann, Elaine Molinar, Marianne Sætre, Kari Stensrød, Øystein Tveter; structure, external walls and roofs: Veidekke Entreprenør AS; ground works and foundations: Johs. Syltern AS. Client: Norwegian Ministry of Church and Cultural Affairs. Norway, 2001–8. Photo: Jiri Havran//Snøhetta
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  Solar Rechargeable Battery Lanterns. Nishan Disanayake (Sri Lankan, b. 1982), Simon Henschel (German, b. 1981), and Egbert Gerber (German, b. 1974), Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd. Clients: TSSD Uganda and USAID Afghanistan. Laos, 2007–present. Plastic switch box, plastic CFL lamp, battery, switch, cigarette lighter socket, LED light, plastic, recycled "flip-flop shoes" for rubber feet and internal padding, recycled polypropylene lamp cover made of prosthetic limb cut-offs, mirror foil. Photo: Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd.
    Solar Rechargeable Battery Lanterns. Nishan Disanayake (Sri Lankan, b. 1982), Simon Henschel (German, b. 1981), and Egbert Gerber (German, b. 1974), Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd. Clients: TSSD Uganda and USAID Afghanistan. Laos, 2007–present. Plastic switch box, plastic CFL lamp, battery, switch, cigarette lighter socket, LED light, plastic, recycled "flip-flop shoes" for rubber feet and internal padding, recycled polypropylene lamp cover made of prosthetic limb cut-offs, mirror foil. Photo: Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd.
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  Vendor Power! Candy Chang (American, b. 1976), Red Antenna. Client: Center for Urban Pedagogy. United States, 2009. Offset lithograph. Photo: Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Street Vendor Project, Candy Chang
    Vendor Power! Candy Chang (American, b. 1976), Red Antenna. Client: Center for Urban Pedagogy. United States, 2009. Offset lithograph. Photo: Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Street Vendor Project, Candy Chang
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  Power Aware Cord, prototype. Magnus Gyllenswärd (Swedish, b. 1978) and Anton Gustafsson (Swedish, b. 1977), Interactive Institute AB. Sweden, 2007–present. Silicon, epoxy, acrylic, electronic components, PVC plastic, copper, ZnS, silver. Photo: Carl Dahlstedt
    Power Aware Cord, prototype. Magnus Gyllenswärd (Swedish, b. 1978) and Anton Gustafsson (Swedish, b. 1977), Interactive Institute AB. Sweden, 2007–present. Silicon, epoxy, acrylic, electronic components, PVC plastic, copper, ZnS, silver. Photo: Carl Dahlstedt
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  Masdar Development, city plan. Foster + Partners. Client: Masdar - Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom, 2007; expected completion 2018. Rendering: Foster + Partners
    Masdar Development, city plan. Foster + Partners. Client: Masdar - Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom, 2007; expected completion 2018. Rendering: Foster + Partners
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  Masdar Headquarters. Adrian Smith (American, b. 1942) and Gordon Gill (American b. 1963), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Client: Masdar Initiative. Designed United States 2008-2009, construction United Arab Emirates 2009–present. Rendering: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
    Masdar Headquarters. Adrian Smith (American, b. 1942) and Gordon Gill (American b. 1963), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Client: Masdar Initiative. Designed United States 2008-2009, construction United Arab Emirates 2009–present. Rendering: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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  Samarth Bicycle Trailer, prototype. Radhika Bhalla (Indian, b. 1983). Designed United States, deployed India, 2008–present. Locally sourced bamboo, rattan, iron, jute, coconut fiber, wheels. Photo: Vahe D'Ala
    Samarth Bicycle Trailer, prototype. Radhika Bhalla (Indian, b. 1983). Designed United States, deployed India, 2008–present. Locally sourced bamboo, rattan, iron, jute, coconut fiber, wheels. Photo: Vahe D'Ala
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  OLPC (One Laptop per Child) XOXO Laptop, prototype. Yves Béhar (Swiss, b. 1967) and Bret Recor (American, b. 1974), fuseproject; interaction design: Lisa Strausfield (American, b. 1964); concept: Nicholas Negroponte (American, b. 1943), One Laptop per Child (OLPC). United States, 2008. PC/ABS plastic, rubber. Photos: fuseproject
    OLPC (One Laptop per Child) XOXO Laptop, prototype. Yves Béhar (Swiss, b. 1967) and Bret Recor (American, b. 1974), fuseproject; interaction design: Lisa Strausfield (American, b. 1964); concept: Nicholas Negroponte (American, b. 1943), One Laptop per Child (OLPC). United States, 2008. PC/ABS plastic, rubber. Photos: fuseproject
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  NioxMino asthma monitor. David Crafoord (Swedish, b. 1967), Martin Birath (Swedish, b. 1975), Daniel Höglund (Swedish, b. 1967), and Elisabeth Ramel-Wåhrberg (Swedish, b. 1964), Ergonomidesign. Manufactured by Aerocrine AB. Client: Aerocrine AB. Sweden, 2008. Nitric-oxide sensor, electronics, LCD display, PCBs, ABS plastic. Photo: Ergonomidesign
    NioxMino asthma monitor. David Crafoord (Swedish, b. 1967), Martin Birath (Swedish, b. 1975), Daniel Höglund (Swedish, b. 1967), and Elisabeth Ramel-Wåhrberg (Swedish, b. 1964), Ergonomidesign. Manufactured by Aerocrine AB. Client: Aerocrine AB. Sweden, 2008. Nitric-oxide sensor, electronics, LCD display, PCBs, ABS plastic. Photo: Ergonomidesign
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  Z-10 Concentrated Solar-Power System. Ezri Tarazi (Israeli, b. 1962) and Ori Levin (Israeli, b. 1978), Tarazi Studio. Manufacturer and client: ZenithSolar. Israel, 2009. Polypropylene, mirror glass, stainless steel, photovoltaic components, ceramics, copper. Photo: ZenithSolar
    Z-10 Concentrated Solar-Power System. Ezri Tarazi (Israeli, b. 1962) and Ori Levin (Israeli, b. 1978), Tarazi Studio. Manufacturer and client: ZenithSolar. Israel, 2009. Polypropylene, mirror glass, stainless steel, photovoltaic components, ceramics, copper. Photo: ZenithSolar
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  SunShade, prototype. Lianne van Genugten (Dutch, b. 1984), Lianne van Genugten Product Design. The Netherlands, 2007. Rendering: Lianne van Genugten
    SunShade, prototype. Lianne van Genugten (Dutch, b. 1984), Lianne van Genugten Product Design. The Netherlands, 2007. Rendering: Lianne van Genugten
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  Witches' Kitchen Collection, Design with a Conscience Series, assorted wooden utensils. Tord Boontje (Dutch, b. 1968), Studio Tord Boontje. Manufactured by artisans in Guatemala. Client: Artecnica. Designed France, manufactured Guatemala, 2008. Sustainably harvested wood. Photo: Witches Kitchen
    Witches' Kitchen Collection, Design with a Conscience Series, assorted wooden utensils. Tord Boontje (Dutch, b. 1968), Studio Tord Boontje. Manufactured by artisans in Guatemala. Client: Artecnica. Designed France, manufactured Guatemala, 2008. Sustainably harvested wood. Photo: Witches Kitchen
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  The Girl Effect Campaign, poster. Agency: Wieden + Kennedy; animation design and direction: Matt Smithson; additional designers: Julia Blackburn, Paul Bjork, Jelly Helm, Steve Luker, Ginger Robinson, Jessica Vacek and Tyler Whisnand. Production: Curious Pictures and Joint Editorial. Client: Nike Foundation. United States, 2008. Lithograph. Photo: Nike, Inc., and its affiliates
    The Girl Effect Campaign, poster. Agency: Wieden + Kennedy; animation design and direction: Matt Smithson; additional designers: Julia Blackburn, Paul Bjork, Jelly Helm, Steve Luker, Ginger Robinson, Jessica Vacek and Tyler Whisnand. Production: Curious Pictures and Joint Editorial. Client: Nike Foundation. United States, 2008. Lithograph. Photo: Nike, Inc., and its affiliates
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  Zōn Hearing Aid. Stuart Karten (American, b. 1957), Eric Olson (American, b. 1970), Paul Kirley (American, b. 1967), and Dennis Schroeder (American, b. 1963), Stuart Karten Design. Manufacturer and client: Starkey Laboratories, Inc. United States, 2008. Injection-molded nylon housing, chrome microphone port cover, high-gloss metallic paint. Photo: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Zōn Hearing Aid. Stuart Karten (American, b. 1957), Eric Olson (American, b. 1970), Paul Kirley (American, b. 1967), and Dennis Schroeder (American, b. 1963), Stuart Karten Design. Manufacturer and client: Starkey Laboratories, Inc. United States, 2008. Injection-molded nylon housing, chrome microphone port cover, high-gloss metallic paint. Photo: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
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  Touch Magazine 2. Sean Donahue (American, b. 1973), ResearchCenteredDesign. United States, 2007. Offset lithography with ink and thermographic tactile printing. Photo: Sean Donahue
    Touch Magazine 2. Sean Donahue (American, b. 1973), ResearchCenteredDesign. United States, 2007. Offset lithography with ink and thermographic tactile printing. Photo: Sean Donahue
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  Car-parts Incubator, prototype. Timothy Prestero (American, b. 1970), Design that Matters, Inc. Client: Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Global Health Initiative. United States and Nepal, 2008–present. Rendering: Design that Matters
    Car-parts Incubator, prototype. Timothy Prestero (American, b. 1970), Design that Matters, Inc. Client: Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, Global Health Initiative. United States and Nepal, 2008–present. Rendering: Design that Matters
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  ChargePointTM Networked Charging Station, bollard. Peter H. Muller (German, b. 1954), Interform. Manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, Inc. Designed United States, deployed United States and Denmark, 2008–present. Aluminum, molded plastic, power measuring system, modem, ground-fault protection circuitry. Photo: Coulomb Technologies
    ChargePointTM Networked Charging Station, bollard. Peter H. Muller (German, b. 1954), Interform. Manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, Inc. Designed United States, deployed United States and Denmark, 2008–present. Aluminum, molded plastic, power measuring system, modem, ground-fault protection circuitry. Photo: Coulomb Technologies
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  Heath Ceramics Tableware. Catherine Bailey (American, b. 1967) and Robin Petravic (American, b. 1968) with Christina Zamora (American, b. 1975), Heath Ceramics. United States, 2005–2009. Glazed ceramic stoneware. Photo: Jeffery Cross  Courtesy of: Jeffery Cross
    Heath Ceramics Tableware. Catherine Bailey (American, b. 1967) and Robin Petravic (American, b. 1968) with Christina Zamora (American, b. 1975), Heath Ceramics. United States, 2005–2009. Glazed ceramic stoneware. Photo: Jeffery Cross

    Courtesy of: Jeffery Cross

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  Artificial Biological Clock, concept. Revital Cohen (Israeli, b. 1981). United Kingdom, 2008. Glass, nickel plated brass, acrylic resin, motor. Photo: Revital Cohen
    Artificial Biological Clock, concept. Revital Cohen (Israeli, b. 1981). United Kingdom, 2008. Glass, nickel plated brass, acrylic resin, motor. Photo: Revital Cohen
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  Cabbage Chair, prototype. Oki Sato (Japanese, b. 1977), Nendo. Japan, 2008. Pleated paper. Photo: Masayuki Hayash
    Cabbage Chair, prototype. Oki Sato (Japanese, b. 1977), Nendo. Japan, 2008. Pleated paper. Photo: Masayuki Hayash
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  Energy Aware Clock, prototype. Loove Broms (Swedish, b. 1977) and Karin Ehrnberger (Swedish, b. 1977), Interactive Institute AB. Sweden, 2007. Epoxy, polyamide, acrylic, electronic components. Photo: Interactive Institute
    Energy Aware Clock, prototype. Loove Broms (Swedish, b. 1977) and Karin Ehrnberger (Swedish, b. 1977), Interactive Institute AB. Sweden, 2007. Epoxy, polyamide, acrylic, electronic components. Photo: Interactive Institute
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  Armadillo Body Armor and Facemask. Leif Steven Verdu Isachsen (Norwegian, b. United Kingdom, 1972), KODE Design. Manufactured by ROFI Industrier. Client: Norwegian FORM Foundation through Design Without Borders, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and The Norwegian People's Aid. Designed Norway, manufactured Norway and Italy, 2008. PURE® composite, aramid fibers, cordura. Photo: KODE Design
    Armadillo Body Armor and Facemask. Leif Steven Verdu Isachsen (Norwegian, b. United Kingdom, 1972), KODE Design. Manufactured by ROFI Industrier. Client: Norwegian FORM Foundation through Design Without Borders, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and The Norwegian People's Aid. Designed Norway, manufactured Norway and Italy, 2008. PURE® composite, aramid fibers, cordura. Photo: KODE Design
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  Learning Landscape. Emily Pilloton (American, b. 1981), Heleen De Goey (Dutch, b. 1988), Dan Grossman (American, b. 1984), Kristina Drury (Canadian, b. 1982), Neha Thatte (American, b. 1985), Matthew Miller (American, b. 1978), and Ilona de Jongh (Dutch, b. 1983), Project H Design. Client: Kutamba School for AIDS Orphans. Designed United States, built Uganda, 2008–9. Reclaimed tires, sand, lumber, chalk. Photo: Project H Design
    Learning Landscape. Emily Pilloton (American, b. 1981), Heleen De Goey (Dutch, b. 1988), Dan Grossman (American, b. 1984), Kristina Drury (Canadian, b. 1982), Neha Thatte (American, b. 1985), Matthew Miller (American, b. 1978), and Ilona de Jongh (Dutch, b. 1983), Project H Design. Client: Kutamba School for AIDS Orphans. Designed United States, built Uganda, 2008–9. Reclaimed tires, sand, lumber, chalk. Photo: Project H Design
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  Haptica Braille Timepiece, concept. David Chavez (American, b. 1975). United States, 2007–2009. Stainless steel case, rubber strap. Photo: David Chavez
    Haptica Braille Timepiece, concept. David Chavez (American, b. 1975). United States, 2007–2009. Stainless steel case, rubber strap. Photo: David Chavez
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  GreensulateTM. Eben Bayer (American, b. 1985), Gavin McIntyre (American, b. 1985), and Edward Browka (American, b. 1979), Ecovative Design LLC. United States, 2007. Mycelium, local agricultural waste, including cotton burrs, buckwheat hulls, rice hulls. Photo: Ecovative Design LLC
    GreensulateTM. Eben Bayer (American, b. 1985), Gavin McIntyre (American, b. 1985), and Edward Browka (American, b. 1979), Ecovative Design LLC. United States, 2007. Mycelium, local agricultural waste, including cotton burrs, buckwheat hulls, rice hulls. Photo: Ecovative Design LLC
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  Kraftplex. Well Ausstellungssystem GmbH. Germany, 2009. 100 percent recyclable cellulose fibers from sustainably cultivated softwood. Photo: Well Ausstellungssysten GmbH
    Kraftplex. Well Ausstellungssystem GmbH. Germany, 2009. 100 percent recyclable cellulose fibers from sustainably cultivated softwood. Photo: Well Ausstellungssysten GmbH
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  bioWAVE Ocean-Wave Energy System, prototype. Timothy Finnigan (Australian, b. 1968), BioPower Systems Pty Ltd. Australia, 2005–present. Rendering: BioPower Systems Pty Ltd.
    bioWAVE Ocean-Wave Energy System, prototype. Timothy Finnigan (Australian, b. 1968), BioPower Systems Pty Ltd. Australia, 2005–present. Rendering: BioPower Systems Pty Ltd.
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  Improved Clay Stove. Practical Action Sudan. Concept: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the National Forestry Corporation. Manufactured by Sudanese women networks. Sudan, 2001–present. Clay, animal dung, millet, sorghum chaff. Photo: Practical Action Sudan
    Improved Clay Stove. Practical Action Sudan. Concept: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the National Forestry Corporation. Manufactured by Sudanese women networks. Sudan, 2001–present. Clay, animal dung, millet, sorghum chaff. Photo: Practical Action Sudan
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  Contour Crafting. Behrokh Khoshnevis (Iranian, b. 1950), Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies. United States, initiated 1996; full-scale prototype 2007–present. Polymers, clay, concrete. Photo: Behrokh Khoshnevis
    Contour Crafting. Behrokh Khoshnevis (Iranian, b. 1950), Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies. United States, initiated 1996; full-scale prototype 2007–present. Polymers, clay, concrete. Photo: Behrokh Khoshnevis
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  Gripp Glasses. Karin Eriksson (Swedish, b. 1983), Karinelvy Design. Manufactured by Skrufs Glassworks. Sweden, 2008–2009. Blown glass. Photo: Karin Eriksson
    Gripp Glasses. Karin Eriksson (Swedish, b. 1983), Karinelvy Design. Manufactured by Skrufs Glassworks. Sweden, 2008–2009. Blown glass. Photo: Karin Eriksson
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  Global Innovation Heat Map. McKinsey & Company. Client: World Economic Forum. United States and Germany, 2009. Processing. Photo: McKinsey & Company
    Global Innovation Heat Map. McKinsey & Company. Client: World Economic Forum. United States and Germany, 2009. Processing. Photo: McKinsey & Company
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  Mahangu [Pearl Millet] Thresher, prototype. Initiated by Aaron Wieler (American, b. 1982) and developed by Donna Cohn (American, b. 1959), Hampshire College with the MIT International Design Development Summit. Team: Francisco Rodriguez (Mexican, b. 1980); George Yaw Obeng (Ghanaian, b. 1964), Technology Consultancy Centre of KNUST; Brian Rasnow (American, b. 1961), Department of Applied Physics, California State University; Thalia Konaris (Cypriot, b. United Kingdom 1985); Michelle Marincel (American), in consultation with Jeff Wilson, USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Rolfe Leary, Compatible Technology International
    Mahangu [Pearl Millet] Thresher, prototype. Initiated by Aaron Wieler (American, b. 1982) and developed by Donna Cohn (American, b. 1959), Hampshire College with the MIT International Design Development Summit. Team: Francisco Rodriguez (Mexican, b. 1980); George Yaw Obeng (Ghanaian, b. 1964), Technology Consultancy Centre of KNUST; Brian Rasnow (American, b. 1961), Department of Applied Physics, California State University; Thalia Konaris (Cypriot, b. United Kingdom 1985); Michelle Marincel (American), in consultation with Jeff Wilson, USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Rolfe Leary, Compatible Technology International
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  Hope Solar Tower. EnviroMission Ltd.; concept: Jorg Schlaich (German, b. 1934), Schlaich Bergerman & Partner. Manufactured by EnviroMission Ltd. Designed Australia, 2005-present. Rendering: EnviroMission Ltd.
    Hope Solar Tower. EnviroMission Ltd.; concept: Jorg Schlaich (German, b. 1934), Schlaich Bergerman & Partner. Manufactured by EnviroMission Ltd. Designed Australia, 2005-present. Rendering: EnviroMission Ltd.
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  Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal line, plastic fur jacket. Martin Margiela (Belgian, b. 1957), Maison Martin Margiela. France, 2009. 29,000 plastic garment label fastenings, lambskin leather. Photo : Marina Faust
    Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal line, plastic fur jacket. Martin Margiela (Belgian, b. 1957), Maison Martin Margiela. France, 2009. 29,000 plastic garment label fastenings, lambskin leather. Photo : Marina Faust
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  Eco-Laboratory, concept. Dan Albert (American, b. 1982), Myer Harrell (American, b. 1980), Brian Geller (American, b. 1978), and Chris Dukehart (American, b. 1980), Weber Thompson. United States, 2009. Rendering: Weber Thompson Architects
    Eco-Laboratory, concept. Dan Albert (American, b. 1982), Myer Harrell (American, b. 1980), Brian Geller (American, b. 1978), and Chris Dukehart (American, b. 1980), Weber Thompson. United States, 2009. Rendering: Weber Thompson Architects
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  4:Secs Condom Applicator Generation II. Roelf Mulder (South African, b. 1959), Byron Qually (South African, b. 1973), and Richard Perez (South African, b. 1970), Dot Dot Dot Ex Why Zed Design (Pty) Ltd. South Africa, 2007. High density polyethylene, PVDC (polyvinylidene chloride), polyester, aluminum, cardboard, surlyn. Photo: Dot Dot Dot Ex Why Zed Design (Pty) Ltd.
    4:Secs Condom Applicator Generation II. Roelf Mulder (South African, b. 1959), Byron Qually (South African, b. 1973), and Richard Perez (South African, b. 1970), Dot Dot Dot Ex Why Zed Design (Pty) Ltd. South Africa, 2007. High density polyethylene, PVDC (polyvinylidene chloride), polyester, aluminum, cardboard, surlyn. Photo: Dot Dot Dot Ex Why Zed Design (Pty) Ltd.
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  Adaptive Eyeglasses. Joshua Silver (British, b. 1946), Adaptive Eyecare Ltd. and Oxford Centre for Vision in the Developing World. United Kingdom, 1996–present. Plastic tubing, aluminum rings, silicone fluid, polyester thin film, polycarbonate covers. Photo: Centre for Vision in the Developing World
    Adaptive Eyeglasses. Joshua Silver (British, b. 1946), Adaptive Eyecare Ltd. and Oxford Centre for Vision in the Developing World. United Kingdom, 1996–present. Plastic tubing, aluminum rings, silicone fluid, polyester thin film, polycarbonate covers. Photo: Centre for Vision in the Developing World
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  Alabama Chanin 2009 and 2010 Collections, indigo dyed and embroidered couched coat. Natalie Chanin (American, b.1961), Alabama Chanin. United States, 2009. 100 percent organic cotton, natural indigo plant dye, paint, thread, snaps. Photo: Alabama Chanin
    Alabama Chanin 2009 and 2010 Collections, indigo dyed and embroidered couched coat. Natalie Chanin (American, b.1961), Alabama Chanin. United States, 2009. 100 percent organic cotton, natural indigo plant dye, paint, thread, snaps. Photo: Alabama Chanin
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  10-Unit System. Shigeru Ban (Japanese, b. 1957), Shigeru Ban Architects. Manufactured by Artek Oy Ab. Designed Japan, manufactured Finland, 2009–2010. UPM ProFi (recycled paper and plastic composite). Photo: Artek Oy Ab
    10-Unit System. Shigeru Ban (Japanese, b. 1957), Shigeru Ban Architects. Manufactured by Artek Oy Ab. Designed Japan, manufactured Finland, 2009–2010. UPM ProFi (recycled paper and plastic composite). Photo: Artek Oy Ab
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  AlphaBetter Student Desk. Tim Skiba (American, b. 1961), Sunway, Inc.; concept: Abby Brown (American). Manufactured by Safco Products Company. United States, 2007. Powder-coated steel, MDF, 3D rigid thermoplastic laminate, phenolic sheet. Photo: Safco Products Company
    AlphaBetter Student Desk. Tim Skiba (American, b. 1961), Sunway, Inc.; concept: Abby Brown (American). Manufactured by Safco Products Company. United States, 2007. Powder-coated steel, MDF, 3D rigid thermoplastic laminate, phenolic sheet. Photo: Safco Products Company

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