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Into the Fray – Humanitarian Design Imperialism?

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 August 2010

The Hippo Water Roller

image: Hippo Water Roller Project

The design commentator (analyst? critic? observer?) Bruce Nussbaum (http://twitter.com/brucenussbaum) published a post, some time ago (7 July 2010, to be precise), to his blog on fastcodesign.com (a very interesting site), entitled “Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism?” which has served to bring to the fore a very deep and wide-ranging discussion of the motivations, implications, realisations, politics, etc. of humanitarian design, not to mention the language we use to discuss it (and design, in general).  Whatever you may think on the subject, the discussion, you must agree (we hope), following Nussbaum’s post has offered numerous opportunities to read thoughtful, at times provocactive, and, very often, very interesting writing on the subject of humanitarian design.

Frankly, however, there is now so (very) much out there that we certainly find ourselves unable to offer you all the necessary links and so have chosen to offer you just a few interesting ones, knowing you’ll go on from there…

“Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism” by Bruce Nussbaum on fastcodesign.com

“The Language of Design Imperialism” by Maria Popova in Change Observer on Design Observer

Project H Design, humanitarian design

Nussbaum on Design blog by Bruce Nussbaum on businessweek.com

The Design Revolution Road Show, here.

Architecture for Humanity, here.

Also consult one of our previous (though quite recent) posts on humanitarian design, here.

Also, feel free (as long as you are able to remain polite and relatively brief) to share your comments on the subject with your fellow designalog readers…or….

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Humanitarian Design & Architecture

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 August 2010

The Plastiki cabin designed by Nathaniel Corum of Architects for Humanity

image: The Plastiki Crew/The New York Times

Alice Rawsthorn has written an interesting and, let’s say, enthusiastic, article entitled “A Font of Ideas From a ‘Nomadic’ Humanitarian Architect” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the “nomadic” architect and designer Nathaniel Corum, part of the Architecture for Humanity (AfH) organisation, and his rather far-ranging, activist, contributions, from, the Plastiki cabin, above, to a Navajo solar straw bale construction, below, and more.

A Navajo solar straw bale home in Arizona (USA) designed by Nathaniel Corum

image: Nathaniel Corum/The New York Times

Rawsthorn, in her article, also mentions the idea of  “humanitarian” design imperialism:  “An obscure field when he joined it, humanitarian design is now one of the most dynamic — and controversial — areas of design. Bruce Nussbaum, an influential American design commentator, recently posted a blog entitled: “Is humanitarian design the new imperialism?” in which he accused some humanitarian designers of imposing well-meant, but inappropriate solutions on developing countries.”

More on that very interesting subject in an upcoming post.

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