Framlab: Shelter with Dignity

"Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The city's shelter system is at capacity and struggles to offer spaces of safety, cleanliness, and comfort for the city's least fortunate. (...)

Although the situation is incredibly complex, the steps towards reducing the homeless population can be boiled down to two clear actions: 1. Provide more low-income housing
2. Bolster the housing assistance programs to reduce the eviction rate.(...)

The unit is designed to provide a year-round space that can withstand harsh, cold weather and provide a cool space during summer. While the exterior construction of steel and oxidized aluminum deals with the wear and tear of the city, the interior offers a contrasting soft and friendly environment. The 3D printed modules allows furniture, storage, lighting and appliances to be integrated into the shape - resulting in a minimal space, tailored to the specific needs and desires of its resident - with a hexagonal view of the cityscape outside.(...)

On a parting note, it is important to stress that Homed is not proposed as a singular solution to the situation. Rather, it is intended to be an instrument that plays a part in the solution. The massive extent and complexity of the situation requires work on a broad regulatory and policy-making level. But, it is critical that the design community is part of the process."

More/Via Framlab

images via World Architecture Community and Dezeen and Highsnobiety

Sit, Eat, Chew

In choreographer Mei-Yin Ng's "dance tour-meets-oral history project", performers take visitors through New York City's Chinatown while sharing personal immigrant stories through dance.
"Ng hopes to take “Sit, Eat, Chew” to other Chinese and Asian immigrant communities in San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, and elsewhere to “develop their own Chinatown story.” Based on the experience of seeing these New York City stories, the project is a welcome challenge and contribution to the growing conversation about how immigrant and Chinese American experiences are defined." Hyperallergic
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photograph via Hyperallergic

"Black Chicago" Exhibition in Paris

Photograph: Boy blowing bubble gum, Chicago, 1951; taken by Marvin Newman

More photographs of African-American life in Chicago can be seen here: The Guardian
More about the exhibition: More

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photograph via The Guardian

Los Ageless (St. Vincent, 2017)

"Placed in front backdrops of highlighter blue, violent purple, and bubblegum pink, Annie Clark is put through the paces of a stereotypical Los Angeles upper class lifestyle—from sitting under a hairdryer at the salon to exercise classes to (most extremely) having her faced stretched and poked at a plastic surgeon office, wrapped up like a bondage mummy and playing her guitar." (Jezebel)

Los Angeles: Hispanic Heritage Month

"To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, Big Hero 6 The Series character designer, Jose Lopez, goes to Plaza de la Raza in East Los Angeles to create a mural in celebration of his mariachi family heritage." (Disney XD)

Josh Penn's Kinetic Typography

Motion and graphic designer Josh Penn - who has dyslexia - has created an animation that visualises what it is like to have dyslexia.
"I wanted to educate and tell people what dyslexia is. I think one of the biggest issues with dyslexia is that people without dyslexia don't understand it; they don't know what it is and they don't know the many, many types."
"As far as I know, no one has ever made an animated dyslexia video, this gave me an area to explore and give people a moving image that would actually be able to educate or interest them."
Josh Penn

Comfort in Times of Mental Distress: The Emotional First Aid Kit

"In spite of culture, background, wealth – everybody suffers the same emotional ups and downs of life. What if we treated emotional health equally to psychical health? This kit is designed for very different emotional scenarios."
Rui Sun
Rui Sun designed five objects that provide a different comfort in times of mental distress: the Purple Breathing Mask that emits calming scents in intense situations, the Indigo Third Eyeglasses with three lenses to remind us that we can look at things using a different perspective, the Blue Stress Buster that visualises sound with blue ink, the Green Meditating Stethoscope, and the Yellow Confidence Booster (Dezeen).
"Though these products have a novel nature, the Emotional First Aid Kit is an expression of society’s relatively recent increase in conversations about mental wellness. Projects of this kind can turn back the stigma of illnesses of the mind and Rui Sun is one of many designers who are interested in addressing the imbalance between the attention given to physical injury and that of emotional health."
Design Indaba

Cities for Active Inclusion

"Cities for Active Inclusion is a dynamic partnership of nine European cities – Barcelona, Birmingham, Bologna, Brno, Copenhagen, Lille Métropole-Roubaix, Rotterdam, Sofia and Stockholm – each establishing a Local Authority Observatory (LAO) within its administration. Their aim is to share information, promote mutual learning and carry out research on the implementation of the active inclusion strategies at the local level.
The observatories are coordinated by EUROCITIES, the network of major cities in Europe, and supported through a partnership between the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) and EUROCITIES. Cities for Active Inclusion builds upon the experience of a pilot phase carried out in five European cities between March 2009 and August 2010." (Eurocities)

::: DOWNLOAD: Investing in an Inclusive Society, 24 pages

::: DOWNLOAD: Cities on the Frontline: Local Practices for Active Inclusion, 28 pages

More documents to download: LINK

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Photograph of Bologna via Expedia

Making Birmingham an Inclusive City...

... with the following seven social inclusion commitments:

1. Support families and children out of poverty…
2. Embrace superdiversity…
3. Protect the most vulnerable…
4. Connect people and places…
5. Create a city that values children and young people…
6. Empower people to shape their neighbourhood…
7. Address safety, isolation and loneliness…

::: DOWNLOAD Making Birmingham an Inclusive City (2013), 67 pages

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image via UCB