A Ready-Made Library For Humanitarian Crisis Victims

A Ready-Made Library For Humanitarian Crisis Victims
Design

Designer Philippe Starck creates Ideas Box, a simple and elegant solution to a current logistical nightmare.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 10 april 2014

Easy access to information is something most of us take for granted. In some parts of the world however just being able to browse a few books is nearly impossible, especially for people who are refugees or victims of a humanitarian crisis. Immediate living necessities including clean water, food, shelter clothing and medical care in these situations are the primary concern. What has to follow is community building and a key component of that is shared access to information. Getting that type of resource assembled, packaged and deployed to an area, sometime a very remote one, has in in the past faced a long list of logistical challenges. Libraries Without Borders, an organization with a mission of promoting learning through access to information understood the problem and turned to design to find an answer.

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