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6 ingenious designs for our 'age of crisis'

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A global callout for "radical" new designs has attracted over 500 entries, from pop-up gardens to musical instruments made from trash. Here are some of the most eye-catching proposals.

The initiative, dubbed "Design in an Age of Crisis," welcomed a range of proposals -- including pop-up gardens and musical instruments made of trash -- from over 50 countries.

Arranged by the London Design Biennale and Chatham House, a British policy institute, the initiative called for "radical design ideas to tackle critical issues facing society," according to a press release.

Indian designer Mayuri Sisodia has proposed a new form of low-cost housing that helps mitigate the dangers of seasonal flooding in Sonbarsa, a village in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Designed to improve mental health and well being during -- and after -- the pandemic, these pop-up miniature ecosystems attach to existing buildings, offering urban apartment-dwellers access to nature.

"Design in the Age of Crisis" is showing at Somerset House, as part of the London Design Biennale, from June 1, 2021

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