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Design Museum Receives Grant

A $600,000 grant aims to develop ’Design for the other 90%’.


January 7th, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, the New York-based National Design Museum has received a vast grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to develop its groundbreaking “Design for the Other 90%” exhibition into an ongoing series.

The series, which focuses on addressing the 90% majority of the population who are not touched by the professional design community, will be examining the issues arising from the rapid population growth.

’Critical Mass’ will explore the overlapping relationships among urban planning and design, education, climate change, sanitation and water, public health and affordable housing.

“The staff and board of trustees are thrilled to have the recognition and support of The Rockefeller Foundation for this invaluable work,” said Caroline Baumann, acting director of the museum.

As part of ’Critical Mass’ the museum will make the information it gathers accessible via an online open-network database, which will enable designers, communities and other stakeholders to work together to develop design solutions to these challenges.

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