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.
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- BioLite, the makers of outdoors equipment, are soon to launch a new companion piece to their popular CampStove: the KettlePot.
- The James Dyson Award, which "seeks to single out the best in problem-solving student design," recently announced their regional finalists, selected from over 500 submission entries.
- The Design Museum London’s annual "Designs of the Year" exhibition acts as a wonderful filter for a year’s worth of production and creativity.
- Sleep easy pho fans, the most ingenious modern soup dish has arrived. Designer Omid Sadri's fantastic tiered bowl is inspired by Vietnamese lanterns and is ideal for slurping a bit of tasty soup.
- Luxury, a term that once conjured images from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, is now just as often used to aggrandize personal organizers, iPod cases, and websites.
- When Seattle’s fire stations needed an overhaul, the city selected local architects to give these ultimate live/work spaces a modern-minded update.
- Aquaponics, currently receiving funding on Kickstarter, looks to combine a fish tank and a sustainable garden all-in-one.
- Uganda is a country ravaged by the effects of civil war, and a place where HIV/AIDS and contaminated drinking water result in a high incidence of death, especially among children.