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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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Product Spotlight: Carpet of Life

Using authentic crafting techniques handed down through generations, women from rural villages in the oasis of M’hamid El Ghizlane in the Sahara Desert transform cast-off textiles and donated clothing into each "co-designed" Carpet of Life. This unique recycling concept is based on traditional Moroccan carpets called Boucherouite or Boucherwi, typically made by families from nomadic backgrounds. Each piece is totally one-of-a-kind and created intuitively by the artisans in response to donated materials provided by clients for commissioned carpets.
April 16, 2013
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Architecture for Humanity at Dwell On Design 2013

We are proud to announce that Architecture for Humanity will be onstage at Dwell on Design 2013 to discuss their ongoing commitment to community building.
February 28, 2013

Dwell on Design Artist-in-Residence: Tanya Aguiñiga

Furniture designer, craftsperson, and community activist Tanya Aguiñiga will be the artist-in-residence at Dwell on Design, bringing to the exhibition an artful, interactive process of providing handcrafted pieces to those living in Los Angeles shelters.
February 26, 2013

Join Dwell for Philanthropy by Design's 25th Anniversary Event

Dwell is pleased to announce our media sponsorship of Philanthropy by Design's 25th Anniversary event, "Turning Silver into Green," happening February 13th, 2013 at SOMArts in San Francisco.
January 23, 2013
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Women of Influence

We identify a cross-section of designers hard at work in every corner of society, from a Taiwanese graphic designer working in the New York headquarters of Pentagram, to the first female architect in Pakistan, to three trailblazers at MIT. Across their varied disciplines, these 15 thinkers, planners, and makers define today’s creative economy.
July 17, 2012
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Local Fundraising

Creative projects get a leg up and their word out at gatherings that serve donations with a side of social capital. Move over, Kickstarter. Across the country, philanthropy is getting personalized.
May 23, 2012
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Meet Upstart Humanitarian Architecture Duo TYIN Tegnestue

Two young Norwegians take a hands-on approach to do-good design with projects in remote Thailand, Bangkok, Sumatra, and beyond.
April 13, 2012
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Forecasting the Future City

The annual TED Prize, an extension of the multimedia brand hyping rational thought and good works, pledges $100,000 each year to a person with one wish to change the world. Formally called Technology, Entertainment, Design, the series started in 1984 and has expanded its capstone spring conference TED Talks with initiatives like the prize, previously awarded to the likes of Architecture for Humanity founder Cameron Sinclair, former President Bill Clinton, author Dave Eggers, and chef Jamie Oliver. Think of it as design on the grandest possible cultural scale. 
December 7, 2011