Design for Survival discussion at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

I attended yet another event at the Cooper-Hewitt tonight. This time it was a panel discussion with 4 educators regarding “Design For The Other 90%”. That is the name of an exhibit that was showing in the garden of the museum for a few months and is about to move out this Sunday Sep 23rd, 2007.

They did broadcast this event live on their website, but if you go there now you wont see the movie. Or at least I couldn’t. Perhaps it will be posted later.

I brought my recorder with me so I can post an mp3 for you to download if you really want to hear it. Its 1:15 hr long.

Here is the link to the audio file. It should either play in your browser or let you download it.

There were some interesting designs and products in the presentation and the floor was opened for questions. If you were there or heard the session there was one gentleman who asked a question and he seemed a bit on the offensive and critical of the panel. He mentioned he just came back from Sudan and offering one or two products to a village wouldn’t work there because they would steal it from each other and the dynamics were different etc. Understood. He made a good point and had an interesting story that I appreciated. But then he followed up with another question hogging up more time and just as someone was nice enough to answer his condescending statements he jumped in again just to add “…incidentally medical equipment is spelled with one T…’”.


Is he referring to the hand out which no one on the panel or in the room are responsible for? I couldn’t find it. Was he referring to someone’s presentation? I didn’t notice it. And how would anyone know who he is directing that correction to and who the hell cares? What does a misspelling have to do with the important topic at hand? What a jerk off.

I have to praise the panel because Sheila Kennedy of the portablelight project took on the question just before that dumb remark was made possibly directed at her but she simply paused and said “uh.. noted..thank you” with a smile and continued with her thoughtful and thorough answer. Bravo. Timothy also did a good job of getting to the point with an answer.

So anyway, you can see more info here at the museum website.

the presenters were:

Moderator : Timothy Prestero – microfilm projectors with 5W LED – Design That Matters

Presentor1: Mohammed Bah Abba – the pot in a pot cooler used in Nigeria – winner of the Rolex Award among others.

Presentor2: Sheila Kennedy – Portable Light project – Principle of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.

Presentor3: Sergio Palleroni – housing initiatives -research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Texas, Austin


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