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Behind the Scenes of Multiple Choice: from Sample to Product

Posted by Sarah Scaturro, on Wednesday November 07, 2007

Exhibitions are hard work. At Cooper-Hewitt they are planned years in advance and involve several departments cooperating towards a common goal of creating the best exhibition possible

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Virtual Emergency Network

Posted by Cynthia E. Smith, on Thursday October 11, 2007

The first solar powered StarSight virtual utility poles were installed in Istanbul, Turkey four months ago. The poles will provide a communication and emergency network in case of a large disaster (such as an earthquake) with a full Wi-Fi CCTV network attached to a lamppost. 

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Innovation, Deviance and Design

Posted by Cynthia E. Smith, on Tuesday September 18, 2007

In this growing area of design innovations are evident in numerous forms. Not limited to current technologies these designers sample from current, emerging and out-moded technologies to provide low cost effective solutions to benefit the poor and marginalized.

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Sheer Invention

Posted by Floramae McCarron-Cates, on Thursday September 13, 2007

Piranesi’s originality lay in his eclecticism. Pulling together influences from Egyptian, Etruscan, Ancient Roman, and Greek designs, Piranesi presented a hybrid design system that was rooted in his commitment to the stature and importance of the Roman design heritage.

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"It was time for a change, Louise..."

Posted by Matilda McQuaid, on Tuesday September 11, 2007

Ingo Maurer and his extraordinary team of designers and technicians have managed to dramatically transform the second floor of the Carnegie Mansion into a fiesta of lights and objects.

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Design Life Now in Boston

Posted by Ellen Lupton, on Monday September 03, 2007

On September 28, Design Life Now will open at the Boston Institute of Comtemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, where it will be on view through January 6.

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School Lead

Posted by Cynthia E. Smith, on Saturday September 01, 2007

A multitude of schools are at the forefront of devising low cost innovations around the world, these are only a few of the examples of initiatives and projects underway. Designmatters at Art Center College of Design develops a multi-component design solution for a mobile clinic in Kenya.

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Design Education for Everyone

Posted by Ellen Lupton, on Wednesday August 29, 2007

An amazing group of teachers just spent the week at Cooper-Hewitt, participating in our on-going City of Neighborhoods program for educators. This year, the museum invited around forty teachers from New Orleans to take part in a week-long study of how design can work in the classroom, with a focus on exploring one’s local community. 

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Salvage Shed

Posted by Cynthia E. Smith, on Monday August 27, 2007

Many families are still crowded into one-bedroom FEMA trailers even 2 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast. The Building Goodness Foundation has been providing relief to these cramped conditions building extra rooms for storage or a living room, even an extra bedroom.

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Graphic Design as Consumer Product

Posted by Ellen Lupton, on Thursday August 16, 2007

One of the themes looked at in the Triennial is the rise of graphic design as a consumer product. It used to be that graphic design was strictly a business-to-business service.

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