22. November 2012 / Peter Zöch
Design without Borders
It´s not always just the big visions that contribute to improving daily life in developing countries, but – maybe more important – also small projects and products. The exhibition Design without Borders – Creating Change, on display until December 2 at Norsk Form, the Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway, presents small scale interventions, little improvements and solutions. They all intend to bring about social change. The projects include “Progressive Shelter”, housing for catastrophe victims in Guatemala, as well as the planning for bicycle lanes or disabled access to public transport in Guatemala City. Products feature ecological urinals for slums in Uganda or mine clearing equipment.
For more than ten years Design without Borders has been developing products for and with developing countries, and has helped connect designers from the South with Norwegian companies. The objective is to create good, inexpensive solutions that can be produced locally.
Images: Bus station with disabled access and planning for bicycle lanes in Guatemala City.
Henrik Omtvedt Jenssen, Cathal O'Meara, Norsk Form