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Constructive Maps


Descriptions of the world’s informal settlements are often filled with two kinds of figures – images of families living and working in deeply impoverished conditions are matched with global urbanization statistics. Mediating between these two types of information is the process of enumeration and community mapping.
MAPS, map making, advocacy, citizen, enumeration, community mapping, Hull-House, Florence Kelley, interactive websites, living project, Ushahidi, Voice of Kibera, local

India’s Elastic Cities


By 2030, 40% of India's population will be urban-dwellers. That's 590 million people, up from 350 million in 2011, with the combination of internal migration and population growth placing serious stress on urban infrastructure.
cities, India, urban, local, vernacular, informal, economy, entrepreneur, entrepreneurial, service, provider, wallah, community, elastic, adapt, adaptable, change

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

MOUSE Corps Students meet Bill Moggridge at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum


This year Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is taking part in this innovative project by providing MOUSE Corps Legacy students the opportunity to learn about how design can affect and improve the community.
MOUSE, corps, students, Bill Moggridge, youth, development, high school, high-school, social action, legacy, project, local, global, needs, technology, multimedia, New York City, NYC, Teens

Why Design Now? Conference, October 1st


There was a deluge at dawn on Friday, canceling many trains and tempting people to stay at home, in spite of their commitment to arrive at Jazz at Lincoln Center by 9:00 am for the start of the WHY DESIGN NOW? Solving Global Challenges Conference.
Why Design Now, Triennial, Exhibition, 2010, Solving Global Challenges, conference, streaming, participation, Twitter, tweets, online, audience, Beth Comstock, Welcome, Richard Saul Wurman, TED, presentation, data visualization, Information, trends, energy, health, design processes, Elizabeth Scharpf, Sustainable Health Enterprises, SHE, girls, school, tampons, banana, fibers, local, materials, video, YouTube, Timothy Prestero, Design That Matters, incubator, premature, babies, Africa, car, automobile, replacement, parts, social impact

Subway Success


I lived in New York for a few months in 1965, when people were afraid to stand on a station platform alone, or board a train without protection from friends, and there was a police officer in every car. What a contrast from this week, when I rode the Lexington Avenue Express downtown to attend a talk by Masamichi Udagawa. 
New York City, NYC, subway, improvements, Masamichi Udagawa, Sigi Moeslinger, Antenna, cars, Information, signage, Metropolitan Transit Authority, MTA, MetroCard, Help Point Intercom, local, solutions, infrastructure, product design, Installations, 96th Street, station, Broadway, Cherry Blossom, staircase, interactive, Triennial, 2003

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

Voûte Nubienne Affordable Housing


In sub-Saharan Africa, traditional building techniques are no longer feasible; due to increased deforestation use of timber for roofing and posts is not viable
Africa, sub-Sahara, building, architectural techniques, traditional, deforestation, feasible, materials, timber, local, roofing, posts, adaptation, Sudan, Asia, West Africa, affordable, low-cost, housing, alternative, Voute Nubienne, Nubian Vault, mud, bricks, sun, construction, vaulted, communities, Earth Roofs in the Sahel, Association La Voûte Nubienne, option, imports, Burkina Faso, training, entrepreneurs, apprentice, Mali, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast

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.
DesignMatters, Art Center College of Design, mobile clinic, Kenya, camel, packaging, refrigeration, solar power, health education, culturally appropriate information, nomad, bike, bicycles, teams, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Bamboo Bike Project, bamboo, materials, sustainable, transport, rural, poor, developing countries, access, healthcare, market, Harvard University, SE Lab, peer support, participation, Ashoka, Bill Drayton, Grameen bank, Muhammad Yunus, Workshop, Social Entrepreneurship, US, international, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, D Lab, needs, low cost, affordable, inexpensive, ecological, adaptable, technological, Pratt Design, Incubator for Sustainable/Social Entreprise, Norway, Design without Borders, partnership, collaboration, Guatemala, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Uganda, Makerere University, local, product development

Design Education for Everyone


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. 
design education, education, educators, teachers, training, participation, City of Neighborhoods, program, New Orleans, New York City, NYC, neighborhood, Chinatown, classroom, local, community, subjects, disciplines, Educator Resource Center, ERC, thinking, learning

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