10.08.15
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Basic Human Needs


On this episode, Jessica and Michael discuss how IKEA is designing shelters for refugees, and Facebook wants to provide refugees with Wi-Fi from flying drones. Michael observes:
Private companies are stepping into the breach to launch initiatives that I think fifty years ago, sixty years ago would've been thought to have been the purview of governments or international organizations.

Also mentioned:
  •  Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
  •  Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, amended
  •  Craig Mod, Future Reading
  •  John Seabrook, The Song Machine
  •  Patti Smith, M Train
  •  New York Times Adrian Frutiger obituary
  •  Molly Heintz remembers Phil Patton
  •  Phil Patton, The Coffee Lids Story

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