Newsletter: March 2022

Kiersten Thamm

We’re bringing in more perspectives on additional designs and strategies

With gratitude and excitement, M21D announces the addition of an advisory board to our leadership. We’re welcoming three individuals to help us strategize, implement, and communicate about projects that improve the environment and societies through design.

 

Kurt Andersen is the author of a series of New York Times bestsellers, including Evil Geniuses (2020), a co-founder of Spy magazine, and a widely published journalist.

 

Kimberlie Birks is a New York-based art and design writer—author of Design for Children (2018) among other publications—and a co-founder of Creative States, a research studio that explores how design can seed the vital shift from self-serving to life-affirming economies.

 

Wendy Evans Joseph founded Studio Joseph, a multidisciplinary organization that oversees architecture and design projects throughout the entire building process — from concept to occupancy.

Floriade 2022 is Coming April 14

If you’re in the Netherlands next month, take the time to visit the once-in-a-decade exhibition Floriade Festival. You’ll find the Dutch Innovation Pavilion there, curated by our founding director, William Myers, and curator, Emma van der Leest. It’s all about why nature and technology work so well together.  


Image: Dutch Innovation Pavilion


Additions to the M21D Design Collection
 
BIQ House

This traditional apartment building covered in an unconventional green skin proposes new ways of producing and consuming energy. That green skin comprises algae and the mechanical systems necessary to convert and integrate their biorhythms into the energy system of the building.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness

In 2016, the Swedish Cancer Society produced a video to help people learn how to do breast exams on their own. The animated video seemed harmless enough, but Facebook banned it for marketing “sex products or services or adults products or services.” The controversy, although quickly amended, highlights western society’s sexualization of bodies with breasts and the suppression of basic health care that it incurs.

AlgiKnit

The textile industry marks one of the primary locations where humans are designing the climate crisis. AlgiKnit is a New York-based company developing yarn from kelp for luxury and mass-produced textile products. The product’s ingredients, potential scalability, and the company’s integration with existing economic structures might be an answer to democratizing access to sustainable textiles.