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Designs for a better world


Design takes on a social, responsible and caring aspect in the exhibition on “Designs for a Better World” by the We Are Water Foundation and Roca Barcelona Gallery, that has been showcased in Barcelona until 22 October.

Curated by Ana Domínguez Siemens, the projects on display were devised by designers aiming to modernise installations, develop strategies, provide solutions for many of the problems and needs occurring around the planet and to make daily life easier for societies with fewer resources.

Some of the most outstanding designs in the show are “Lifestraw”, a personal water filter by Vestergaard Frandsen that transforms polluted water into clean safe drinking water: it filters a maximum of 1,000 litres of water—enough for one person for a year—and removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of parasites.

Also striking is the “Tateh House”, project, a home by Tateh Lehib Breica for Saharan refugee camps in Tindoug, Algeria, with the support of UNHCR. This is a structure made from sand-filled plastic bottles bonded together with a mixture of cement and river sand. Given the circular shape of the house, the sun’s rays do not strike it directly, thus reducing indoor heat. To build it, which takes approximately one week, six thousand recycled plastic bottles are required. At the same time, this structure helps to address the problem of waste build-up in the refugee camps.


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