By The People: Designing a Better America presents stories from a bottom-up approach to improving underserved communities and individuals

By The People: Designing a Better America is the title of the third in a series of socially responsible design exhibitions at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. On display are 60 projects, many of which are collaborations between designers, architects and local community members.

“Spanning regions and borders, these designs are responses to decades of divestment, social and spatial segregation, and mounting climate challenges, which have galvanized designers and communities to work together to create more inclusive and sustainable neighborhoods, towns, and cities. A broad and diverse coalition—from Latina grandmothers and Kentucky coal miners to Detroit urban planners and Brooklyn coders—has created resourceful strategies to counter social and economic disparities. By the People demonstrates that bridging divides and creating alliances—listening, valuing, and incorporating local community expertise—are essential for envisioning, designing, and building a more just and equitable America” – Cooper Hewitt

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