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Design for the Other 90% exhibit featured in the Oregonian
December 22, 2009

Dec. 23, 2009 – More praise for the 'Design for the Other 90%' exhibit. Yesterday's issue of The Oregonian featured a nice story on the exhibit, which highlights the growing trend among designers to develop low-cost solutions that address basic needs of the poor, particularly the 5.8 billion people (90% of the world's total population) with little or no access to food, clean water or shelter.

The exhibit, which was funded by the Lemelson Foundation and created by The Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, features more than 30 technologies and products that demonstrate how design can be a dynamic force in transforming and, in many cases, saving lives. 'Design for the Other 90%' was first presented at the Cooper-Hewitt in 2007 and is available for viewing in Portland, OR at the new headquarters shared by Mercy Corps and The Lemelson Foundation. Prior to coming to Portland, the exhibit has been on display at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MI.

The 'Design for the Other 90%' exhibit was brought to Portland through the efforts of Mercy Corps, with support from The Lemelson Foundation. It's available for viewing through Feb. 27, 2010 on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Street, Portland, OR 97204.

About Design for the Other 90%

Organized by exhibition curator Cynthia E. Smith, along with an eight-member advisory council, the 'Design for the Other 90%' exhibition is divided into sections focusing on water, shelter, health and sanitation, education, energy and transportation and highlights objects developed to empower global populations surviving under the poverty level or recovering from a natural disaster. More information about the exhibit is available at

Nationally, funding for 'Design for the Other 90%' was provided by The Lemelson Foundation, public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund; and the Ehrenkranz Fund.

The exhibition in Portland was made possible by The Lemelson Foundation; Bart and Jill Eberwein; John and Jane Emrick; Glumac Engineering; Gray Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation; Hoffman Construction Company; Art Johnson; KPFF Consulting Engineers; Gary Maffei and Marc Lintner; McKinstry Construction Corporation; Meyer Memorial Trust; Lindley Morton and Corrine Oishi; Dan and Tracy Oseran; Mark and Judy Peterman; Vesta Corporation; Wieden + Kennedy; and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries. For more information, see:

The Mercy Corps Action Center is an educational space where visitors can learn about global issues and take meaningful action. The Portland Action Center opened at the new Mercy Corps Global Headquarters in Sept. 2009, a similar center in New York opened in 2008. For more information about Mercy Corps Action Center, visit: