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* Architecture + Design: Dignifying Design

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 7 October 2012

Architecture + Design: Dignifying Design: “..(A) new breed of public-interest designers proceeds from a belief that everybody deserves good design, whether in a prescription bottle label that people can more easily read and understand, a beautiful pocket park to help a city breathe or a less stressful intake experience at the emergency room. Dignity may be to the burgeoning field of public-interest design as justice is to the more established public-interest law..” Excellent, inspirational, motivational article on public-interest design and architecture in The New York Times..

The article includes a 9-image slideshow, here.

See some of other posts with photos by the excellent architectural photographer Iwan Baan:

image: Iwan Baan; article: John Cary and Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times

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Residential Architecture: House Arc by Bellomo Architects

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 26 January 2012

Residential Architecture: House Arc by Bellomo Architects: “..a modular, prefab housing system..designed to be 100% off the grid, the 150-square-foot unit can be flat-packed and shipped in a box that is 4x10x3 feet in size. considered a model for compact living, the structure’s curvaceous shape is formed from a lightweight frame made of steel tubes -when complete it weighs only 3000 pounds. the intention of ‘house arc’ is to aid people located in areas devastated by natural disasters and other unforeseen events, as a means of replacing residences that were not built to withstand certain forces of nature. hence, it has been constructed to withstand tropical winds and weather..the capsule-like dwelling features a solar energy generating roof. large windows allow natural light to flood through the space, while also funneling air through the interior, creating a cross-breeze, while a shading trellis limits heat infiltration..the raised structure permits air to flow beneath the framework for cooling, while maintaining permeability of the site..’we designed it to be a kit of parts that the average person can assemble quickly–like an IKEA house, only easier to put together.'”  Social, humanitarian, practical, innovative..

image+ article: Designboom

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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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