DESIGN 21: Social Design Network is where members of the design community, socially conscious individuals, local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations (NPOs) can address social concerns and create smart solutions through design. It’s a place where like-minded people can connect to share resources, inspire each other and take action.
In partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), we seek to explore the relationship between design and society. We believe that design should be more than an aesthetic exercise; that the real beauty lies in its potential to improve the way that we live and interact in our communities and our environment.
Check out the competitions they are running…
Thanks to Laate for pointing this one out.
Conference that sounded cool… but we missed it…
“Sustainable development,the environment, a trade balance between the North and South, an inherent respect for each person, the smoothing out of existing inequalities. The designer as a professional as well as inventor has a lot of pertinent and efficient remarks to make concerning these burning questions. “ETHICS : Design, Ethics and Humanism” will take stock of existing research as well as the experience accumulated and results achieved in various design fields.
Six sub themes are planned to cover a wide range of concerns:
> Eco design and sustainable development
> Design for All and inclusive conception
> Supportive economy and fair trade
> De- industrialisation, design and employment
> Companies and business ethics
> Ethics and the teaching of design”
Pretty cool ad campaign from Denver about water usage.
Found at Cool Hunter.
Always happy to learn about others out there paying attention to similar things as we do here at Design for Social Need. Curt Burg hosts Combating Crisis with Design, “a developing research endeavor to understand and make known various methods and proposals to ameliorate the effects of humanitarian needs with progressive design solutions and their implementations.” Check it out.
“Design for people in need“… sounds good to us. I’ll actually let them tell you in their own words:
“Believing in the value of design, the Humanitarian International Design Organisation (HIDO) aims to improve the lives of people who are lacking basic needs and vital information in order to be able to make the right decisions in life. Based on long-term solutions, the organisation will provide information and/or a product through development, relief and campaigning to achieve these objectives. The organisation does not restrict itself to any particular geographic location.”
The two main goals appear advocacy/awareness and design of high-impact, sustainable tools for communities to bring about change/development.
Not exactly a new story but one I recently caught up on that involved two interesting topics: Katrina rebuilding and New Urbanism. At first reading I got caught up in what sometimes seems like New Urbanist efforts to simply retain outward visual appearance of neighborhoods and buildings but this effort clearly runs deeper than that. FEMA planned on spending $70,000 apiece to construct, transport, set up, maintain, and de-commission only 18 months later the trailer seen above on the left. After 18 months, the displaced resident gets nothing and FEMA takes back the trailers, likely only to de-commission them (never get used again). The Katrina Cottage project and its outgrowths sought to create a temporary residence that was more livable inside and out, was less costly, and had the potential to become semi-permanent with plans to incorporate them into a neighborhood setting and for the structure to be expandable, up to three times the original size. Why make a only temporary solution that sucks to live in for more money and materials cost?