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Exhibition Presents Design as a Force for Social Change

The Museum of Design Atlanta showcases innovative solutions to common 21st-century problems.
April 4, 2014
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Bogobrush: A Green and Socially Minded Toothbrush

Look and feel good with the Bogobrush. Beautifully designed and ecologically sound, the company will send the same high-quality brush to someone in need when purchased through their website. To date, they have reached 76% of their pre-order goal of 10,000 brushes to be distributed amongst those lacking access to inadequate dental care in the USA. With nearly 80 million lacking access to inadequate dental care in the USA, we think the company's initiative is definitely worth checking out and supporting.
July 10, 2013
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Artist Tanya Aguiñiga’s Kits for the Formerly Homeless

Our Dwell on Design artist-in-residence Tanya Aguiñiga spent all weekend on the show floor with her team of artisans, who, along with hundreds of show attendees, created move-in kits for the formerly homeless and recently housed people of downtown Los Angeles. Consisting of a table, stool, art piece, and handmade blanket, the kits will be donated this week to People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), who will immediately place them in shelters and permanent housing for people recently on the streets of Los Angeles. “This is an opportunity to bring attention to issues in our own community through craft and design, and to try and create a template for other cities and homeless-aid organizations to use in assisting individuals who are placed in permanent housing,” says Aguiñiga. “These will be among the first, or the first, possessions for many recently housed people,” says Tessa Madden of PATH, who collaborated on the endeavor with United Way Los AngelesTanya Aguiñiga, and Dwell on Design.
June 25, 2013
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What Do You See? With Kate Stohr of Architecture for Humanity

We've adored Architecture for Humanity's boots-on-the-ground brand of community building and do-gooder design since its inception. We had CEO Cameron Sinclair as our keynote speaker last year and this year we're thrilled to welcome co-founder Kate Stohr to the stage. She'll talk about the future of building communities and Architecture for Humanity's What Do You See? campaign Saturday, June 22 on the Sustainability Stage in the session What Do You See: The Future of Community Building. Here's a preview of our discussion from Kate Stohr.
June 20, 2013

Green Local Nonprofit Q&A: ANEW

At Dwell on Design on Sunday, June 23, on the Sustainable Design stage a trio of do-gooders will discuss their latest undertaking: building 15 LEED-certified libraries in Mexico, using donated surplus office furniture and architectural materials, for the organization The World is Just a Book Away. This will be a great opportunity to learn about local nonprofits ANEW, which cleverly diverts decommissioned commercial furniture and finishings from landfills by matching it to other nonprofits, and the United States Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, which represents L.A.’s sustainable and green built environment. Rose Tourje (ANEW), Dr. Jorge Partida (USGBC), and James Owens (WIJABA) will discuss how the collaborative project is progressing.
June 15, 2013

Rebuilding in a Post-Katrina World with Sherry-Lea Botop

New Orleans native Sherry-Lea Botop found herself in a unique position in 2005: The non-profit activist was, like many of her community members, housed in a shelter with her family while Hurricane Katrina was bearing down overhead. So how did she come to lead Architecture for Humanity's rebuilding effort in the besieged city? Read on.
May 14, 2013
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Product Spotlight: KAWS x Bern Watts Bicycle Helmet

Brave the streets (and promote bicycle safety!) with this limited edition helmet designed by New York-based artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, for Bern Unlimited.
April 29, 2013
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Curro Claret’s T300 Piece

Barcelona-based designer Curro Claret made the Piece, an innovative metal bracket that can transform found materials into furniture, available for sale for the first time at Salone del Mobile.
April 22, 2013

Design Idea of the Week: Humanitarian Design

As we gear up for Earth Day, it is important to not only applaud the architects and designers who work to make the world a better place, but also those who improve the lives of humans inhabiting it. We celebrate five designs changing the lives of people in need.
April 19, 2013
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