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National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?
Posted: November 1st, 2010
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Deputy Curatorial Director Matilda McQuaid of Cooper-Hewitt guides us through the “National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?

  • John Pitre

    Hi,
    Hope your day is going well. Although I haven’t gone to the most recent exhibition but I was pleased to find out that a model of the Vertical Farms idea is presented as this is one of the many ideas that will pull the U.S.A. out the financial mess that it’s in and lower the unemployment rate. This idea can go world wide, also, and reduce the food distribution problem, there can be Thanksgiving world wide. Thanksgiving is not about eating Turkey but giving thanks to what we have, and this concept/idea can go world wide. This very good idea is also presented in the November 2009 issue of Scientific American. This idea should be presented to President Obama, United Nations, Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron and their research on Algae Biofuels.
    Some other ideas that will reduce the unemployment rate are 1. Floating Cities, like the U.S. Navy has Floating Hospitals and 2. Bring back Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses, this time incorporating the technological advances of the winners of the Solar competition sponsored by the U.S. Energy Dept., this will reduce the housing debacle presently plaguing the U.S. economy. This shows that Design ideas should be tied to a way to resolve economic problems of the U.S.A. and the world economies.
    Another idea, not physical, is that the President should have a Secretary of Innovation join his Cabinet. The first Secretary of Innovation should be Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. The financial mess we are in now will present itself again in about eighty,80, years from now and we, the U.S. economy, should be ready for the next financial mess and Design Ideas, innovation, will have a tremendous effect in pulling the U.S. economy, if not the world, out of a major recession.
    Also, I miss the free Tuesdays evenings as that was when a much larger crowd, a much wider audience, would be presented with the various exhibitions and ideas. I would go to this museum every Tuesday. I also go the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History on a weekly basis. John Pitre.

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