Cynthia E. Smith

Design Exchanges


Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibition opened last week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to large crowds and international press. The exhibition’s location provides a unique opportunity to connect numerous stakeholders, including design professionals, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, academics, those in the public and private sector, and the general public.
Design with the Other 90%: Cities, Exhibition, United Nations, global, south, stakeholders, reciprocal, informal, settlements, exchange, population, cities, urban, urbanization

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES


The first exhibition in this series, Design for the Other 90%, sparked an international dialogue about how design could improve the lives of poor and marginalized communities around the world. Professional designers traditionally focused on 10% of the world’s population, but that has dramatically changed in this new millennium.
Design with the Other 90%: Cities, Exhibition, cities, urban, dialogue, international, marginalized, communities, problem solving, collaboration, cross-sector, affordable, solutions, emerging, technology, migration, informat settlements, Global Majority, participatory, local, innovative, knowledge sharing

Pure Blend / Puras Misturi


Centrally located in the Ibirapuera city park the city government has established a new Brazilian Cultures Hall (Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras). I visited the space in April, a week before the installation began, and was entranced not only this new design collection, but also by the architecture. 
Brazil, Brasil, popular design, artifacts, resourcefulness, Puras Misturi, Pure Blend, Exhibition, Museu da Casa Brasileira, Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras, Brazilian Cultures Hall, Ibirapuera, Oscar Niemeyer, architect, building, renovation, crafts, artisans, Lina Bardi, Carlos Motta, cultural, indigenous, diversity, Adélia Borges, curator, Brazilian Design Biennial, Bienal Brasileira de Design, 2010, Curitiba

Designer David Trubridge answers why design?


It is not primarily to do with recyclable materials, efficient material use. To me these are the basic givens of design — any good design automatically does this by default. If not, it is not good design.
David Trubridge, basics, stories, role, problem, solve, solutions, rationality, left brain, thinking, nourish, depth, nourishment, cultural, connection, value, nature, fresh, clean, clouds, form, senses, emotions, rewarding, why

Summer in Washington, DC


Design for the Other 90% opened in Washington, DC on April 28, 2010 at the National Geographic Museum’s 17th Street galleries, through September 6, 2010. Admission is free.
Design for the Other 90%, Exhibition, Washington, DC, National Geographic, museum, 2010, free, admission, Solar Home Lighting, system, solution, low-cost, affordable, Display, collaboration, needs, underrepresented, populations

City Views


Preparation for the next exhibition in the Design for the Other 90% program series brought me to numerous informal communities in mega-cities throughout Southeast Asia. 
Design with the Other 90%, Exhibition, informal, communities, mega-cities, urban, Southeast, Asia, population, density, Bangladesh, Twitter

Best of the Blogs


The Design for the Other 90% blog is a finalist for a BOBs Award for Best English Language Weblog! 
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Research Chronicles


Follow my field research chronicles on twitter, starting in Kumasi, Ghana at the International Development Design Summit organized by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and MIT. The summit aims to create equity in the distribution of research and development resources by focusing on the needs of the world’s poor.
International Development Design Summit, Kwame Nkrumah University, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, summit, equity, distribution, research, resources, poverty, collaboration, cross-discipline, Maker Faire, Africa, Accra, Ghana, manufacturing, indigenous, technologies, development, Twitter

Social Changemakers


Join in a Twitter-based Social Entrepreneurship Chat organized by Ashoka. The real time discussions on social entrepreneurship issues take place the 1st Wed of the month, 4-6PM US Eastern Time.
Social Entrepreneurship, Ashoka, organizer, Twitter, discussions, issues, mobile innovations, Lemelson Foundation, innovators, Ashoka Tech, Nicaragua, rural, project, fellow, Mathias Craig, hybrid, wind, solar, energy, industries, local, job, creation, economic, activity, Godisa, SolarAid, hearing aid, battery, recharger, Botswana, Howard Weinstein, underserved, disabled, communities, deaf, deafness, hard of hearing, India, village information kiosks, remote, wireless, internet, Web, access, Amol Goje, low cost, affordable, video, conferencing, farmers, productivity, growth, education, generation, interactive, communication, technologies, capacity, increase, urban, population, growth

BarCamps to Books


From citizen journalists to user generated conferences the dialogue keeps expanding. Those of us who could not make it to BarCamp Africa this past October in California the organizers posted video clips of the panels.
dialogue, user generated, content, BarCamp, Africa, California, video posts, panels, conference, silicon valley, Bryan Bell, book, Katie Wakeford, Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, social justice, communities, improvement, Greener Gadgets, Green, Business, online, resources, EXPOSED, Arizona State University, ASU, Tempe, Arizona, AZ, workshops, discussions, Web4Dev, Innovation for Access, strategic partnerships, technology, United Nations, UNICEF, Millenium Development Goals

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