developing world

Why Design Now?: Vault201


Why? Preindustrial construction methods can provide fundamental lessons about sustainable design and environmental impact today. In this site-specific installation, thin tile vaults stretching across large spaces without formwork is part of a 700-year-old construction method that is energy-efficient, utilizes local materials, and achieves high structural strength. All of these factors have important applications in the developing world, where low-cost construction and durability are model standards for any building project.
Vault 201, MIT, construction, methods, sustainable design, environmental impact, materials, developing world, applications, low cost, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Solar rechargeable battery lanterns


Why? In most rural areas of the developing world, people rely on fuels such as kerosene that are dangerous and pose serious health problems. The Solar-Rechargeable lamp is both a safe, electrical lighting alternative and it reduces greenhouse gases. It is also a service-oriented solution for rural electrification: villagers rent these portable, rechargeable lanterns from central solar charging stations.
sunlabob, solar, rechargeable, battery, lanterns, portable, developing world, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Center


Why? Preindustrial construction methods can provide fundamental lessons about sustainable design and environmental impact today. In this site-specific installation, thin tile vaults stretching across large spaces without formwork is part of a 700-year-old construction method that is energy-efficient, utilizes local materials, and achieves high structural strength. All of these factors have important applications in the developing world, where low-cost construction and durability are model standards for any building project.
Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Center, low cost, construction, durability, developing world, application, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Cooper-Hewitt: Design for the Other 90% Panel - Ron Rivera


Ron Rivera- Coordinator of Ceramic Water Filter and International Projects, Potters for Peace
Design for the Other 90%, Exhibition, panel, developing world, poverty, Ron Rivera, Potters for Peace, Ceramic Water Filter, potable water, solutions, talk, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Design for the Other 90% Panel - Paul Polak


Paul Polak, Founder, International Development Enterprises
Design for the Other 90%, Exhibition, panel, Paul Polak, International Development Enterprises, IDE, affordability, poverty, developing world, needs, talk, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Design for the Other 90% Panel - Martin Fisher


Martin Fisher, co-founder/CEO, KickStart
Design for the Other 90%, Exhibition, panel, Martin Fisher, KickStart, poverty, developing world, technologies, money, entrepreneurial, entrepreneur, Business, business model, tools, low-cost, profitable, MoneyMaker, talk, public program

Bill's Design Talks: Jacqueline Novogratz


As Acumen Fund's Founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz developed the Fund's unique approach to using philanthropic capital to invest in scalable businesses that serve the poor. Her vision is that one day all human beings will have access to the critical goods and services they need—including affordable health, water, housing, energy, agricultural inputs, and services—so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full potential. Novogratz has led the Acumen Fund since its launch in 2001.
Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund, The Blue Sweater, developing world, access, philanthropy, bills design talks, talk, long, public program