A peek into the future: Slums as innovation hotbeds – CBS News

Favela painting

Favela painting (Haas&Hahn;)

(SmartPlanet) 

NEW YORK-To enter the new exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt museum, titled “Design with the Other 90%: Cities,” it’s necessary to go through an unusually strict security screening. It’s nearly identical to that of an American airport; visitors must place personal bags, electronics, and coats on conveyor belts and have them X-rayed before they’re allowed in.

That’s because the show, which addresses how urban slums can serve as innovation hotbeds, is located in an unusual setting for a Cooper-Hewitt exhibition: the United Nations. It’s there because the museum is undergoing a renovation. But the airport-like security and the bustling venue all add to the experience of “Design with the Other 90%: Cities.” It’s an inspiring and thought-provoking exhibition, opening to the public free of charge on October 15. It will remain on view through January 9, 2012.