PHOTO BY ANDY DREWITT
Jimmy at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 2009.
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a nonprofit founded by Elizabeth Scharpf that addresses the lack of access by girls and women in underdeveloped countries to hygienic and affordable menstrual pads, has won the prestigious Curry Stone Design Prize
which honors an individual or group for developing and implementing a visionary design innovation.
The 20 families living in Campamento, in Santiago, Chile, spend an estimated 500 hours a week on laundry. Most residents bathe “by parts,” or pouring a can of water on separate areas of the body.
This is the museum’s second foray into the world of social and sustainable design, after last winter’s successful "Rising Currents
." While it contains a number of worthy (if occasionally over-exposed) projects, the inability of “Small Scale” curator Andres Lepik to define his terms means the exhibition fails to move the conversation forward.
The iPod Nano is an example of frugal engineering as much as the Tata Nano
— the $2,200 Indian “people’s car,” whose single windshield wiper sums up the impulse for austerity in product design. Versions of the tiny music player did away with the screen and controls of other iPods in an effort to lower the price as well as increase portability.