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Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 11

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 13

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 2

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 3

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 4

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 6

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 7

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 8

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 9

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference -part 12

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now?: AGV (automotrice á grande vitesse) [high-speed self-propelled train]

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Trains are among the most sustainable forms of transportation, and the AGV is at the forefront of high-speed, energy-efficient train design. Ninety-eight percent of the train is built from recyclable materials, its traction systems and low weight are energy-efficient, and its permanent-magnet synchronous motors and regenerative braking system create electricity and minimize energy loss.

Why Design Now?: Bodyweight Support Assist

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? This device reduces the load and stress on the lower body, reducing fatigue and injuries and enabling a broader range of activities among the elderly as well as workers who spend extended periods of time on their feet, climbing or descending stairs, or maintaining semi-crouched positions. Weighing less than fifteen pounds, the device supports the wearers weight—when a user bends his or her legs, the assist force adjusts accordingly.

Why Design Now?: Cabbage Chair

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Made from reclaimed materials, the Cabbage chair is a compact roll of paper that the user opens up and peels back, layer by layer, to create a soft enclosure for the body, requiring no finishing, assembly, or hardware. Resins added to the paper during the production process give it strength and memory, while the pleats make the paper springy and elastic.

Why Design Now?: California Academy of Sciences

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Buildings in the United States produce the largest share of the worlds carbon-dioxide emissions. All aspects of the recently completed California Academy of Sciences, a natural-history museum, were designed for maximum environmental performance. The indigenous plantcovered, contoured roof design is a key component of the buildings overall ecological system, making it one of todays most sustainable buildings.

Why Design Now?: Contour Crafting

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Contour Crafting is a construction technology that potentially reduces energy use and emissions by using a rapid-prototype or 3-D printing process to fabricate large components. Comprised of robotic arms and extrusion nozzles, a computer-controlled gantry system moves the nozzle back and forth, squeezing out layers of concrete or other material to fabricate a form. The ultimate goal is to print a house in a day while drastically reducing material and energy consumption.

Why Design Now?: E/S Orcelle cargo carrier

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Oceangoing ships present significant health, pollution, and efficiency challenges. The concept vessel E/S Orcelle is designed to be propelled without oil. Made of lightweight materials, it relies on energy sources obtained at sea—solar energy collected through photovoltaic panels in the sails, wind energy obtained through propulsion sails, and wave energy from fins, which can be transformed into hydrogen, electricity, or mechanical energy.

Why Design Now?: Eco-Laboratory

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Vertical farming is a new approach to fresh-food distribution that provides urban centers with healthy food grown within the controlled environment of a multistory building. Eco-Laboratory successfully merges a neighborhood market, dwelling units, a vocational training facility, and a sustainability educational center for the public into a financially viable downtown residential development.

Why Design Now?: Eco-Machine at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? The Eco-Machine is a carbon-neutral and environmentally safe wastewater-treatment system at the OCSL. In a 10,000-gallon anaerobic tank, microbes digest the sludge, and the wastewater travels to four constructed wetlands, where plants, microbes, fungi, and algae scrub the water. After passing through a final filter, the water is ready for non-potable use.

Why Design Now?: Furumai

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Water, the medium of life, has myriad manifestations. Furumai, meaning behavior or dance in Japanese, was an installation created for the Water exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo in 2007. The project consisted of paper plates treated selectively with an invisible water-repellent coating. As visitors interacted with the plates, beads of water danced about the surface, creating surprising visual effects. In one, drops gathered in a babys eye, while others formed abstract, three-dimensional patterns.

Why Design Now?: Get-Together

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? In the United Kingdom, more than three million seniors do not see a friend, neighbor, or family member in any given week. Get-Together, a service designed by the firm Participle, combats social isolation among the elderly using a familiar technology: the telephone. A social network has emerged and flourished, with weekly group meetings and activities planned around shared interests.

Why Design Now?: GoodWeave Label and Odegard Rugs

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? GoodWeave is an ethical certification program that seeks to end illegal child labor in the rug industry. Stephanie Odegards company was the first in America to work with GoodWeave. Sales of her carpets carrying the label support educational opportunities for children in South Asia. The Navaratna rug depicts the Navaratna, or nine gemstones, whose traditional arrangement symbolizes celestial forces in Indian culture.

Why Design Now?: H20tel

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Water is the primary energy source in the H2Otel, and because of this comprehensive use of water, it is expected to be named the first carbon-neutral hotel in the Netherlands. Hydropower is one of the worlds largest sources of renewable energy, and the H2Otel benefits from the relatively low operating costs and low-tech water management solutions associated with hydropower.

Why Design Now?: Hope Solar Tower

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Solar towers capture solar energy to heat air under an expansive collector zone. Based on the principle that heat rises, this air flows towards the center of the collector through electricity-generating turbines and up and out of the tower, like a chimney. When built, the tower will be about 750 meters high and could produce enough electricity to power approximately 500 households.

Why Design Now?: IF Mode Folding Bicycle

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Why? Most folding bicycles are heavy and difficult to collapse. Conceived as portable luggage, the IF Mode is made of lightweight materials and eliminates oily chains, complex tubes, hidden dirt traps, and much of the clutter of conventional bicycles. As mobility systems become more interconnected, portable, folding designs like this will facilitate transfers between different modes of transportation.
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