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    When it comes to the complex landscape of international humanitarian aid, technology interventions and social entrepreneurship, Africa is at a juncture more promising than ever before. Many of the accounts from attendees to the recent TEDGlobal 2007 Conference in Tanzania, held by the Technology, Entertainment and Design organization are a case in point. Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of M.I.T’s Technology Review, surveyed forthcoming solutions presented at TED that could be a recipe for progress and success, making the following compelling statement in his New York Times Slipstream Column (June-17):* “In truth, Africa will need both investment in entrepreneurialism and aid, intelligently directed toward education, health and food.”* This essential equation is at the heart of the objectives behind one of the projects the social and humanitarian initiative Designmatters at Art Center College of Design [www.artcenter.edu/designmatters/projects/mpala] (http://www.artcenter.edu/designmatters/projects/mpala) has been developing for the past few months in collaboration with a small mobile health clinic in Northern Kenya, Mpala (mpala.org/mct).

    In the Laikipia and Samburu districts of northwest Kenya, nomadic, poverty-stricken tribes often suffer from a lack of basic medical care, as well as access to education and family planning. A small community-based organization, Mpala Community Trust (MCT) is one of the sole health-care providers in the region. MCT’s ex...

  • Sustainable Farming by Design

    Community, Environmental Design

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    Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire UK is a remarkable example of how a person’s dreams can become reality. The farm is a truly unique example of sustainabile design.

    The farm is owned by the Kindersley family (Peter Kindersley of Dorling Kindersley publishers) and started as a small plot of land with a windmill. Peter Kindersley describes, with some amusement, the book on self-sufficiency which has now sold millions of copies and which inspired the continued expansion of the farm.

    Peter also gives a very compelling talk on the reasons for supporting organic farming, which extend far beyond the common emphasis on health to the sustainable nature of farming without using industrial methods: the diversity of plant and animal life on the same land, the health of the soil, the wellbeing of the animals, the growing of more real food. The chicks spend time in their own conservatory extension prior to becoming free-range out of doors. Every detail of the working of the farm has been scrutinised and designed for the benefit of the land, the well-being of the animals and the good quality of the food.

    The latest addition to the farm is the Kindersley Centre, a beautiful and extraordinary timber framed conference centre on the top of the chalk down land.

    Congratulations to the whole Kindersley family who continue to strive to provide an international example of superb farming though big hearts, hard work and thoughtful, brilliant design.

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  • Simon1_177_

    Another fab drawing!!!

    Simon is Head of Drama at Dunhurst School and teaches English at both Dunhurst and Bedales

  • Simon2_177_

    Fab drawing!!

  • Berman on Design and Social Responsibility

    Education, Communication Design

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  • Live Earth

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    What a positive step in the right direction: 070707 is the day to Answer The Call

    Other Related Links: Climate Group.<br> iCount.<br> Aiso.<br> EarthLab.<br> Visible Strategies.<br> National Geographic.<br> Climate Project.<br>

  • architecture .....a dying profession?!

    Education, Environmental Design

    It is worth sparing a thought sometimes whether we will really need architects in the future.The profession as it stands in today does not call for such a large number of professionals with a such a rigorous background .There is a schism between the syllabus taught at the school and the real world practice in India. There is a lack of connection between the requirements of a regular architects office and the subjects one learns in school. Real world practice in this profession in India means either facing bunch of middle aged sales people who boast themselves of being super successful architects or understand another very important aspect of the practice how to manoeuvre your way through red tapism at the municipality. Both of these are byproducts of commercialisation and probably the only way you could fight these would be by becoming another agreeable prototype. So when do we put into practice all that we learnt in school? I dont know .... or does this dilemma point to another possibility that of changing the nature of education itself so that it is more 'real' and applicable .So essentially the question is what is the future of this profession?

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    This month, New York Magazine claims Steve Jobs has created the "Jesus phone".

    Have I seen the iPhone? No. Yet I hesitate to agree.

    Reason being that on Tuesday I couldn't walk down the street without buying one. My usual stroll to public transportation after work was blocked by the barricade outside the Fifth Ave Apple store.

    As a naive pedestrian, I follow the crowds only to discover I cannot walk to the other side of the block. I have actually, by mistake, joined the line to buy an iPhone. To be certain, a police officer instructs me that the only way I can walk is by getting in line.

    It's my newfound opinion that when products saturate the market, and the environment, a company has gone too far. Perhaps the NY Mag story is right. The iGiant may be due for a fall.

  • la dicha de la paz

    Peace, Communication Design

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    si alguien vive conforme al bien a logrado un gran paso, pero si alguien vive como base haciendo el bien es aun mejor, eso trae como consecuencia, la paz interna y la paz social.

  • Design leading the way?

    Well-being, Audio/Visual Design

    Richard Ziade from Arc90 makes an interesting point on his post Design Leads The Way:

    Design leads the way. This is rare. Really rare. Here, development - the construction company - doesn't make a single move until the design is created, tested, validated, and ideally, refined again. Only once presented to the development group can they give their assessment.

    Since almost everyone here is a designer and I, as a developer, find myself most of the times on the other side of the fence, would like to hear your opinions:

    • Do you think that's the best approach to the construction process?
    • How do you deal with us cold engineers saying "NO" to your carefully designed feature?
    • Do you think that iniciatives like 'Hug your Designer' day would help to strenghten the designer-engineer bond?

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