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Designing Recovery Housing
Interview with JUANITA VALDEZ-COX, Executive Director, LUPE (La Unión Del Pueblo Entero), and BRENT BROWN, Founder, bcWORKSHOP (Building Community Workshop) By Cynthia Smith Cynthia Smith (CS): Juanita, can you tell me how LUPE (La Unión Del Pueblo Entero) started and how the organization works? Juanita Valdez-Cox (JV): LUPE was founded in 1989 in California by...
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Rebel Nell: Designing Against Defiant Odds
Amy Peterson, a Detroit lawyer, envisioned Rebel Nell—an enterprise that creates unique jewelry from scrap pieces of graffiti—after moving next to one of Detroit’s shelters. While walking her dog, she began talking to women she met, and after listening to their stories and challenges, Peterson started a social enterprise with a vision to help women...
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Imagining Restorative Justice
In 2013, architectural designer Deanna Van Buren and social scientist Barb Toews established Designing Justice+Designing Spaces (DJ+DS) to facilitate the design of more restorative and healing criminal-justice environments through community engagement in jails and prisons. Their work is featured in the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America, curated by Cynthia Smith, Curator of...
By the People: Housing for All
Cynthia Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design speaks with architects Rosanne Haggerty and David Baker about community building through innovative affordable housing design.
Bed cover (suzani), 19th century, Anadolu, Turkey, cotton, embroidered with silk in chain and Bokhara couching stitches, Gift of Provident Securities Company from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Crocker, 1955-133-18
Made By Many Hands
Suzani, meaning “of needle” in Persian, are large-scale embroideries central to Central Asian domestic culture. Young girls learned to sew at an early age, often beginning to work on textiles intended for their own marriage dowries. Suzanis were considered the most important textiles in a dowry. Indicators of skill and family wealth, they were status...
Design by Hand | Humberto Campana of the Campana Brothers
Humberto Campana discusses Estudio Campana’s work in conversation with Caroline Baumann, Director of Cooper Hewitt. Estudio Campana, founded in 1983 by Humberto and Fernando Campana, is renowned for its use of every day or discarded objects to create expressive new forms. The São Paulo-based design firm has explored a wide range of disciplines, from architecture...
Game Changers: Liz Ogbu on Social Innovation
Liz Ogbu in conversation with Curator of Socially Responsible Design at Cooper Hewitt, Cynthia E. Smith. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the United States to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz Ogbu has a long history of working with communities in need to leverage the power of design...
Design Talks | Materializing Beauty with the Haas Brothers and the Haas Sisters of Monkeybiz
A special evening discussion on design, community, authorship, and beauty with The Haas Brothers and The Haas Sisters of Monkeybiz—together for the first time in the United States—and Andrea Lipps, Assistant Curator and co-curator of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. The Haas Brothers is the partnership of designer and twin brothers Nikolai (Niki) and Simon Haas....
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Design Ignites Change Award Winners
By Andréa Pellegrino, Worldstudio Design Ignites Change, an initiative of Worldstudio, promotes and encourages talented high-school and college students across the country to use design thinking and innovation to develop actual projects that will benefit their own communities while giving them a voice on important social issues. The winning projects of the Fall 2011 Design...