By the People: Designing a Better America at the Cooper Hewitt

Image courtesy Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

September 30, 2016–February 26, 2017
New York

By the People: Designing a Better America examined how design is challenging social and economic inequality across America. Curator Cynthia E. Smith conducted over two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, along our border, areas impacted by natural and man-made disaster, and places of persistent poverty—in search of collaborative designs for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities. Sixty design projects from every region across the U.S., including Studio Gang’s Polis Station, were organized into the themes of Act, Save, Share, Live, Learn, and Make to showcase the innovative and impactful actions generated through design.

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