Collection by Jaime Gillin

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES

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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.

The Incremental Housing project in Iquique, Chile, and Monterrey, Mexico produces half-finished houses that are...
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Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn at their painting project in the Dona Marta Slum in Rio de Janeiro,...
The Integral Urban Project in the neighborhood of San Rafael-Barrio Unido in Caracas, Venezuela, upgraded the extremely...
"Yerwada Slum Upgrading Project," SPARC Samudaya Nirman Sahayak (SSNS) and Pune Municipal Corporation, with SPARC...
Floating Community Lifeboats in Bangladesh provide space for solar-powered schools, libraries, clinics and community...
The Jiko ya jamii (Community Cooker) is a large-scale oven that uses trash as fuel to power a communal cooking facility...
The School on Wheels in Pune, India is a mobile and adaptable classroom, 2000–present.
The Digital Drum in Kampala, Uganda is a solar-powered information access point made from two durable, low-cost oil...
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