Designing an Economy

This is a great video posted by Crane TV discussing the impact of Europe’s economic recession on the design community.  Is creative design the key to jumpstarting cultural growth?  As Martin Roth, the Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, states “Art creates a European identity.  If we have a declining situation, then we need even more culture and the arts and design keeping everything, the societies, together.”

Financial Times Design Critic Edwin Heathcote poses a different perspective.  “We are sitting on this bum-freezing Thomas Heatherwick bench which is a beautiful thing, but it is not going to save anyone’s economy.”  During times of economic struggle, should the design industry shift to manufacturing items to help impoverished communities?

Where do you fall on this debate?

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