Designing Peace

June 10, 2022 – August 6, 2023

Designers (2010 launch): Rebecca Chiao, Sawsan Gad, Engy Ghozlan, and Amel Gahmy, with Justin Kiggins, NiJeL, and volunteers; (2017 launch) Rebecca Chiao, Sawan Gad, Engy Ghozlan, Hadeer Mohamed, and Alia Soliman, with Paul Barton, Noora Flinkman, Timothy Quinn, and volunteers Locations: Canada, Egypt, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey 2010-present Photo credit: HarassMap © Mostafa Abdel Aty

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

Designing Peace explores the unique role design can play in pursuing peace. The exhibition features design projects from around the world that look at ways to create and sustain more durable peaceful interactions—from creative confrontations that challenge existing structures to designs that demand embracing justice and truth in a search for reconciliation.

Visitors will encounter a wide range of design responses to the underlying reasons for conflict and division, such as socioeconomic inequality, resource competition, and environmental degradation—and will be encouraged to consider their own agency in designing peace through interactive installations, quiet moments of reflection, and opportunities for practical action.