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Design with the Other 90%

Design with the Other 90%

The groundbreaking 2007 "Design for the Other 90%" exhibition has been developed into an ongoing series that will continue to focus on design solutions that address the 90 percent of the world's population not traditionally serviced by the professional design community.

"Design with the Other 90%": CITIES, the second exhibition in the series, will examine the complex issues arising from the unprecedented rate of urban growth projected to take place over the next 20 years, primarily in the informal settlements of the global south. Organized by Cynthia Smith, curator of socially responsible design, along with a 10 person advisory committee, the exhibition will explore the multidisciplinary, overlapping relationships among urban planning and design, education, social entrepreneurship, climate change, sanitation and water, migration, public health and affordable housing in these communities. As part of "Design with the Other 90%": CITIES, the museum will make the information it gathers in the field accessible through an online open-network database, which will enable designers, communities and other stakeholders to work together to develop design solutions to these challenges. This important dialogue will also continue through a scholarly catalog and robust education programs. (Source: Smithsonian Channel)

Episode Info

Prev: 1x04 -- Looking Forward (Dec/06/2011)

Experts predict that by 2030, roughly 2 billion people around the world will be living in informal settlements - urban communities with poor access to housing, safe water, and city services. It's a sobering statistic, but within these challenging neighborhoods are millions of people with ideas and inspiration. An organization founded by 50 street beggars is now building a brand new town in Kenya. UNICEF is revolutionizing Internet access in Uganda, and a young inventor is designing through dialogue - one street vendor at a time. There's a new water delivery system in Manila, and in Bangladesh a chemist has found a solution to one of the largest mass poisonings in human history. Across continents and cultures, people are designing a future we can all look forward to.


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Classification: Reality
Genre: Adventure | Anthology | Design/Decorating | Educational | Family | How To/Do It Yourself | Travel
Status: New Series
Network: Smithsonian CHANNEL ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: November 29, 2011
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