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Teens Create Socially Responsible Campaigns
One of the exciting aspects of Design with the Other 90%: Cities is the ability to connect the international themes of the exhibition to a New York setting. In our second DesignPrep workshop held at the United Nations, teens examined key issues highlighted in the exhibition. The workshop was an opportunity for teens to raise...
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Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
Cities don’t make people poor; they attract poor people. The flow of less advantaged people into cities from Rio to Rotterdam demonstrates urban strength, not weakness.” Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City The first exhibition in this series, Design for the Other 90%, sparked an international dialogue about how design could improve the lives of...
Cooper-Hewitt: Finding Design Solutions
Designers Sergio Palleroni and Bryan Bell discuss the relevance and potential for design to solve critical issues in the world. They describe projects being executed internationally with their college students to foster civic environmentalism and address issues such as hunger, community, and unemployment.
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Sukkah City installation at Union Square
The Sukkah City installation at Union Square last weekend was an ideal example of how to use public space in NYC.   As the brochure educated: “Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep and rejoice. Ostensibly,...
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Illustrated Children’s Books from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection
  Over the past several weeks, I explored the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Museum Library’s collection of illustrated children’s books as part of the Arts Intern program through Studio in a School. During my time in the Library, I have discovered seemingly endless treasures in the children’s book collection, including a vast range of illustrative styles,...
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Valuing World Cultures – Bill Moggridge
The third of the grand challenges posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian is explained by the sentence: “As a steward and ambassador of cultural connections, with a presence in some 100 countries and expertise and collections that encompass the globe, we will build bridges of mutual respect, and...
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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet
This is the second of the grand challenges posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian, with the explanatory sentence: “We will use our resources across scientific museums and centers to significantly advance our knowledge and understanding of life on earth, respond to the growing threat of environmental change, and...
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Best of the Blogs
The Design for the Other 90% blog is a finalist for a BOBs Award for Best English Language Weblog! Over 8,400 blogs were nominated and an international jury of bloggers selected the finalists. Voting is now open, so please get your vote in. Online voting continues until April 14th, 2010 and the winners will be...
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Design Miami 2009
Design Watch Members recently explored the international design and contemporary art scene in Miami, including exclusive private collection visits and special events with design luminaries. Inside Design Miami/ Stops included: Cristina Grajales, Droog, Moss, R20th Century, and Gallery R’Pure/François Azambourg Exploring the Design District at Dacra and the new de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art...
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Design for the Other 90% Wins
For the second year in a row Cooper-Hewitt wins a Webby, the “oscars” of the internet! Congratulations to our very talented web creator, William Berry, for his amazing work. This Web site, Design for the Other 90%, is the official Webby Award Winner for Cultural Institutions. Hailed as the “the Internet’s highest honor” by the...