Design Impacts Urban Lives

Favela Painting. Praça Cantão, Favela Painting Project. Artists: Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, Haas&Hahn, with Santa Marta favela community youth. Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009-10. Photo: © Haas&Hahn for

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is hosting Design with the Other 90%: CITIES, an exhibit that explores the essential role that innovative design can play in addressing today’s most pressing local and global issues. Specifically, design can save lives, from helping those living on meager earnings meet basic needs to those living in informal settlements or those being impacted by urban growth.

The scope of the exhibition, running through Jan. 7, 2013, ranges from individual objects — portable vendor stands, large-capacity bicycle carriers, solar lanterns, water filters — to broader strategic and systems-level solutions for farming and irrigation, urbanization and inclusive communities, housing, clean water and sanitation, and waste recycling.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Sam Fox School’s Master of Urban Design Program, the exhibition serves as a platform for an extensive array of public programs highlighting urban design issues and the expanding areas of global renewable energy and sustainability.

For more information, visit the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

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