An internationally acclaimed exhibition originally staged at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Musem, By the People makes its way to Atlanta’s David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, it 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 neighbourhoods 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.