Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, lectures on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 pm in the Lab. This lecture coincides with the exhibition Design with the Other 90%: CITIES which Smith curated for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Design with the Other 90%: CITIES is currently on view at both Museum of Contemporary Craft and Mercy Corps Action Center through January 5, 2013. The exhibition explores design solutions to the challenges created by rapid urban growth in informal settlements, commonly referred to as slums.
Smith provides a global overview of the design, thinking, approach, and frontiers of invention aimed at serving the urban poor in connection with the exhibition. After curating the first exhibition of the Cooper-Hewitt’s series on humanitarian design in 2007, Smith spent a year of field research in 15 different cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, focusing on successful design solutions to rapidly expanding, informal urban settlements. For her CraftPerspectives lecture, Smith will take the audience behind-the-scenes on this groundbreaking exhibition series.
To learn more about CITIES visit designother90.org/cities