Who Benefits from Design?

Artichoke Light Fixture, by Danish designer Poul Henningson, is admired because of its ability to diffuse light through a space due to its unique shape.

Artichoke Light Fixture, by Danish Designer Poul Henningson, is admired because of its ability to diffuse light through a space rather that emit direct harsh light. The fixture is able to achieve this because of its unique shape and layered panels.

Design influences everyone. We encounter objects and spaces every second of our lives that were designed to function so effortlessly that the true design behind them goes unnoticed. Take a spoon for example, have you ever thought of the design that went into making a spoon? How long should the handle be so you don’t spill? How deep should the curve be to hold the right amount of food? These are just a few of the many questions that went into the design of something so simple yet so important. Yes a spoon may have great design, but that’s probably not what comes to your mind first when you think of design. If your anything like me, you probably first think of cathedrals and cars or creations that leave you in awe. Perhaps the reason we find design so intriguing is because it’s often innovative and changes the paradigm of what currently exists. When we start to think of design as a form of innovation and a means of progression, we can begin to understand why design is so important in the developing world.

More than 1.3 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty. Although poverty is often the result of political, economical or geographical situations, design can have a powerful role in poverty relief. Unfortunately struggling communities, and the organizations that support them, cannot afford to hire designers in many situations. To this day 90% of the world doesn’t have access to architects and design services, and designers themselves are partially to blame. It’s not that designers don’t want to do good in the world. In fact many firms and individuals do take part in pro-bono projects. The issue is many struggling communities are unaware that there are design solutions for the problems they face; moreover they are unaware that there are organizations which are eager to help. Design Cause is just one of many organizations available to help communities tap into design strategies to create lasting impact.

Design Cause is a nonprofit founded in 2016 that works with communities to find architectural solutions to their most pressing infrastructural problems. We use a blend of architectural knowledge, as well as participation from the community, to design buildings that properly respond to the culture and climatic conditions of each environment we work in. Design Cause’s goal is to empower communities by helping them build appealing infrastructure that provides a sense of identity, while also being more sustainable and less expensive to construct than standard municipal buildings. Design Cause aims to make design services available to everyone; communities, organizations and individuals alike.

Design Cause is currently accepting new projects as well as fundraising for the construction of St. Andrews School in Cameroon. If you are interested in working with Design Cause on a project or would like more information about our current ongoing projects please visit our main website at www.designcauseinc.com.

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