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Upcoming Exhibits

Museum Closed for Exhibit Installation

October 8 – October 25, 2018

By the People: Designing a Better America

October 29, 2018 – April 26, 2019

A colorful bus painted with an advertisement for

By the People: Designing a Better America focuses on humanitarian design solutions in the modern world, examining how design is addressing social, health, economic and environmental challenges faced by communities through the United States.  The exhibition is organized around six themes that embody current approaches designers are taking to resolve complex issues.  Included is the Atlanta Beltline, a grassroots effort to save and transform four existing rail lines into a 22-mile green loop, aiming to connect 40 diverse neighborhoods with light rail, street cars, walking trails, bike paths, and parks; and a mobile market that brings fresh produce to a “food desert” in Chicago in order to reduce diet-related health risks.   Investigations range in scale from an online application designed to share language and culture with the next generation of Navajo youth, to sustainable approaches to infrastructure and land-use for the entire city of Detroit.

Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the exhibition includes objects,  infographics, and interactive media to illustrate these new design approaches and to provoke questions about the dynamic role of design in providing innovative solutions.

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