This semester, Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director of Project H Design, will make a stop at HWS on her Design Revolution Road Show, a traveling exhibition and lecture series bringing “product design that empowers” to 25 high schools and university design programs across the nation in the spring of 2010.
Trained in architecture at UC Berkeley and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pilloton started Project H to provide a conduit and catalyst for need-based product design that empowers individuals, communities and economies. Former managing editor of Inhabitat.com, writer, Pilloton has written for ID, GOOD and ReadyMade, has taught design theory and lectures worldwide about new social impact imperatives for the product design industry. Her book, “Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People,” is a compendium of and call-to-action for product design for social impact.
On Friday, March 26, Pilloton will hold an exhibit in the Project H Design 1972 Airstream trailer in front of the Scandling Campus Center between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., with 36 of the products and design projects featured in “Design Revolution.” Products will be on view for visitors to experience, use and touch. Each product is a smart design solution to one of the following eight issues (the 8 categories in the book): water, well-being, energy, education, play, food, mobility and enterprise.
Co-hosted by the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center, Pilloton will also give a lecture at 12 p.m. in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
These events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Architecture Department, the Environmental Studies Program, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and the Office of the Provost.
For more information about Pilloton, check a feature in Voice of America.