Rescued by Design, by Michael Kimmelman – Expanding the Idea of Design Guru
Posted by the editors on Sunday, 6 November 2011
Michael Kimmelman, the senior architecture and design critic for The New York Times, has written a very interesting article entitled “Rescued by Design” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, looking at some of the work included in the exposition “Design With the Other 90 Percent: Cities,” “an infelicitously titled but inspired show organized by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and installed in the United Nations visitors’ lobby” in New York City. Kimmelman has selected a number of remarkable projects around the globe to illustrate what can be done with good design, what good design means (“ground up, not top down”), and the vast number of disadvantaged, often urban, poor who have input into and benefit from these projects. Yes, as Kimmelman says, the late Steve Jobs may be considered a Design Guru, but this concept needs to be expanded to include those behind these projects “Design[ed] With the Other 90 Percent”, often surprisingly, simply, elegant. “For some of the world’s poor, hope comes via design”.
The article includes a number of very interesting photos.
image: ACHR/The New York Times