NEW YORK, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present "By the People: Designing a Better America," the third exhibition in its series on socially responsible design, from Sept. 30 through Feb. 26, 2017. The first exhibition in the series to focus on conditions in the U.S. and its bordering countries, "By the People" will explore the challenges faced by urban, suburban and rural communities. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Cooper Hewitt's curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition features 60 design projects from every region across the U.S.
On view in the third floor Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery, the exhibition will be divided into six themes: act, save, share, live, learn and make. The exhibition will highlight design solutions that expand access to education, food, health care and affordable housing; increase social and economic inclusion; offer improved alternative transportation options; and provide a balanced approach to land use between the built and natural environment.
"As America's design museum, Cooper Hewitt empowers visitors to see themselves as designers—not just of objects, but also of ideas, strategies and solutions that improve our daily lives," said Director Caroline Baumann. "'By the People' will showcase the innovative and impactful actions generated through design, and inspire creative problem-solving at local, regional, national and even international levels."
The accompanying 256-page book, By the People: Designing a Better America, will be published by Cooper Hewitt and distributed in the U.S. by Artbook | D.A.P. and worldwide by Thames & Hudson. Retail: $29.95.
In fall 2016 and winter 2017, a series of public programs will inspire conversation about innovative and systemic approaches being developed through design.
"By the People: Designing a Better America" is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation. Additional support provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
About the Museum
As the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper Hewitt educates, inspires and empowers people through design. The museum has recently undergone a transformative renovation resulting in an entirely new visitor experience and 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.
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