Saturday, 30 October 2010

World Food Programme To Launch WeFeedback Site

The UN World Food Programme is ready to launch a new social networking site called WeFeedback "that empowers people to raise awareness of world hunger through food, fun and community."

You can sign up here to be notified when the site goes live and to receive other important updates.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Red Cross Water Unit For Safe Drinking Water

Swiss designer Damien Ummel of Atelier Peekaboo has designed the Drinkbak Red Cross water unit, which promises safe and clean drinking water for the needy, especially in place struck by natural disaster.

A graduate of Ecal University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, Ummel designed the Drinkbak with a funnel and filter. The easy to install unit purifies the water using a filter that pours the water into the funnel.

The design has won a prize at the “YoungDesignersFair” interieur 2010 in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Via: Designboom

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, Money - And Love

Jessica Jackley is the co-founder of, an online community that helps individuals loan small amounts of money, called microloans, to entrepreneurs throughout the world. I came across this talk which she gave earlier this year for TED.

She asks us what we think of people in poverty - probably what she once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. In this talk she explains how her attitude changed - and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.

Well worth listening to!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

TPRF To Open 3rd Food For People Facility In Ghana

Image: TPRF
Thanks to generous contributions from Friends of TPRF across the globe it has become possible for TPRF to initiate a third Food for People (FFP) facility. The first two are located in India and Nepal. After much research, it was decided to locate the new facility in Ghana, in the village of Otinibi on the outskirts of the capital city, Accra.

After many consultations with village leaders, including Chief Nii Kweidza Mansa III, Headmistress Grace Ninsaw, and village elders, a plan is underway to build a Food for People facility on land adjacent to the school. The project was introduced at a village-wide Durbar, or ceremonial meeting, where Chief Mansa, the headmistress, and representatives of TPRF and the local sponsoring charity formally presented the project and responded to questions. The facility will open in 2011.

First established in 1840, Otinibi is a village of about 1500 people. Most residents farm to raise food for their families, but because of poor soil and undependable weather patterns, they are barely able to grow enough food to eat. Those who are strong enough, leave early in the morning and walk 5 kilometers to break up rocks for road building.

Children who are enrolled in school often arrive without breakfast. Others are kept out of school to work.

With the announcement of the upcoming Food for People facility, school enrollment is already on the increase, to the surprise and delight of school officials.


Monday, 11 October 2010

Solar And Wind Powered Design Could Allow Plants To Survive In Desert

Korean designers Sang-Wook Park, Lee Sin-Jeong, Lee Ho-Young and Jo Hyeon-Ju have designed the “Water Vapor”, a solar and wind-powered design which converts air in to vapour by causing temperature differences through a vortex tube. In the designers' own words, 'the purpose is to create an environment where plants can live with soil moisture and water provided.'

The vapours produced by Water Vapor provide sufficient water for the plants to survive, along with moisture from the soil. Out of more than 4000 participants in the ‘iida awards 2010′ competition (Incheon International Design Awards), the Water Vapor is one of the shortlisted entries.

Via: Designboom

Saturday, 9 October 2010

French Student Accommodation Made From Shipping Containers

Image © Cattini Architects via Freshome

100 dorm rooms have been built from old shipping containers for some students in Le Havre, France. It is called Cité a Docks and was designed by Cattani Architects.

Each unit is about 24 square meters and has a large glass wall which lets in a lot of natural light and has a bathroom and a kitchen. The first floor is raised off the ground, allowing students to store their bikes, and the inside of each room is a welcoming white with warm wooden furniture.

Instead of just stacking the boxes right on top of one another, they have been staggered and alternating areas between containers have been left  empty to act as walkways and balconies. Container walls that face the exterior of the building or sit between other units are insulated using concrete fire walls and rubber.
Image © Cattini Architects via Freshome

Via: Freshome

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Derelict Petrol Station Turned In to Pop-up Cinema

There are around 4,000 derelict petrol stations in and around London, and a collective of young artists, designers and architects called Cineroleum transformed one of them - on Clerkenwell Road - into a traditionally designed, temporary pop-up cinema.  It is constructed from donated and found materials, and will show films from sundown onwards four nights a week.

As part of the green makeover there are paper tickets - 5 Euros each - and signage, flip-down seats and an ornate curtain strung from the forecourt roof has been supplied. You can see more images of the street-side cinema here.

Via: The Pop-up City

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