DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90%
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum raises global and environmental awareness with âDesign for the Other 90%â -- a show devoted to the design needs of the not-so-wealthy, mainlining over 30 practical and affordable objects by some of the world's most innovative designers. The exhibition raises additional awareness with its title emphasis on the âOther 90%,â which represents the percentage of the world's population that is poor and/or marginalized. All the basics of civilized living are covered: food, water, shelter, health, sanitation, education, energy and transportation, as well as solutions to shortages caused by natural disasters. Among the featured designs are âOne Laptop per Child,â a nonprofit project by professor and chairman emeritus of MIT Nicholas Negroponte who designs and provides laptops for as low as $100 to improve children's education around the world; Worldbike's âBig Boda Load-Carrying Bicycle,â which can carry up to 100 pounds of cargo or two people; and KickStart's âThe MoneyMaker Pump,â a manual treadle pump which can irrigate an area of up to two acres without fuel or electricity.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., (212)-849-8400. May 4-Sept. 23.