Design for the Other 90% at National Geographic

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Design for the Other 90%, an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, has been traveling around North America for a few years. When I heard it had landed at the National Geographic Museum, right down the street from our office in downtown Washington, D.C., I had to go.

I'm happy to report that the show--focusing on design for underserved communities around the world--is interesting and insightful. It features some ingenious solutions by architects and architecture students, such as Public Architecture's Day Labor Station and the University of Texas/Art Center College of Design's Katrina Furniture Project. (We covered the latter in the April 2008 issue of residential architect.) 

One of my favorite projects in the exhibit is the Mad Housers Hut, a shelter for a homeless person designed and built by the Atlanta nonprofit Mad Housers. It's a small, simple, painted wood structure with a locking door, a sleeping loft, and a woodburning stove. It's certainly nothing fancy, but it's sturdy and dignified.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 6th at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.--m.d.



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