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Growing Respect for Dirt


A new project by Marieke Staps highlights the emerging interest among designers to devise inexpensive and ecologically sound solutions to ordinary problems. Soil Lamp signals a new environmental consciousness by focusing on simple, abundant materials like soil and finding new ways to harness them.
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School Lead


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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Low Cost and Value


Several weeks ago while in the exhibition speaking to two museum directors I found myself pulled away by two engaged visitors. Ruth Yoffe, a product/retail/branding designer, and Elisabeth M de Morentin who is a recent graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology overheard my conversation with the two directors and wanted to discuss their insights with me.
Ruth Yoffe, Elisabeth M de Morentin, costs, Display, Bamboo Treadle Pump, One Laptop per Child, OLPC, AMD, Personal Internet Communicator, Ceramic Water Filters, Drip Irrigation System, International Development Enterprises, IDE, Water Storage System, Global Village Shelter, Jaipur Foot, Kenya Ceramic Jiko, Kinkajour Projector and Library, LifeStraw, Mad Housers Hut, Q-Drum, StarSight, MoneyMaker Pumps, Sugarcane Charcoal, Solar Aid, Pot-in-Pot Cooler, low cost, affordable, inexpensive, online, discussion, Corporate Knights, publish, Julia Novy-Hildesley, Lemelson Foundation, value, return on investment, ROI, poor, productivity, enhancing, enhance, technology

Light Filters Water


A low cost UV water filter is making an impact in the field. Mexican non-profit Niparaja teamed with AquaStar and the local Technological Institute on the design of the low cost UV Bucket water filter.
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