Previously On View: June 10, 2022 through August 6, 2023

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What would be possible if we were to design for peace?

Designing Peace explores the unique role design can play in pursuing peace. Visitors will encounter a wide range of design responses from around the world that look at ways to create and sustain a more durable peace, and will be encouraged to consider their own agency in designing peace through interactive installations, quiet moments of reflection, and opportunities for practical action.



The accompanying publication, Designing Peace: Building a Better Future Now, is an intersectional snapshot of the actions—culturally diverse and wide-ranging in scale—that are currently in play around the world.

Offering perspectives on peace through essays, interviews, critical maps, project profiles, data visualizations, and art, this book conveys the momentum that design can gain in effecting a peace-filled future.

Available at SHOP Cooper Hewitt.



This exhibition was organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design, with Caroline O’Connell, Curatorial Assistant.

Exhibition design by Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Exhibition graphics by Common Name.


Designing Peace is made possible with lead support from

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Major support is provided by Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.

Generous support is also provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Helen and Edward Hintz, and the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program, the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund, the Netherland-America Foundation, the Norwegian Consulate General, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

In-kind support is provided by Tretford Americas and Consolidated Flooring.

Making Beautiful Trouble: A Workshop on Creative Confrontation
Are you curious about how to make change in your community? Are you looking for ways to creatively challenge the status quo? Do you want to join in envisioning the future we want to live in through peace and justice? Join us for this workshop with Beautiful Trouble exploring the role of design in creating change through projects featured in the exhibition Designing Peace.