Studying Peace at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York ( News New York )

Five questions exploring the parties, in the broadest sense of the word, can be pursued in peace. Designing Peace It is the name of the exhibition that will be held in June at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, open to the public until October 4, 2023. The name Cynthia E. Smith with Caroline O’Connell chosen by the curator is self-explanatory. and the intention to choose projects is available, as much as possible to be able to focus on what it means to “design peace”.

Designing Peace maintains continuity with the series of exhibitions dealing with issues of humanitarian aid and international cooperation, which Cooper Hewitt has held in recent years. The purpose is to make people more aware of the more serious issues that are before the world and man today; as Cynthia E. Smith stated in a press conference; “Like America’s design museum, Cooper Hewitt promotes public understanding that design can be a force for good. Peacebuilding and design are dynamic processes that involve engagement, understanding context, building trust, sharing, and iteration. This exhibit will explore the role of design in building peace.” and resilience, and proposes that peace is not abstract and remote, but local, tangible and even possible.

the exhibition encourages critical reflection on today’s global dynamics: social, environmental and economic inequality, as well as ongoing conflicts. Designing Peace looks at what can actually be achieved if society is supported by the United Nations 17 goals of development, which demand peace, justice and strong institutions, through the elimination of hunger and poverty, the improvement of health and education, the planning of cities and the construction of infrastructure; the promotion of innovation, action on climate change, and more. The exhibition showcases 40 projects, projects and interventions in 25 countries presenting objects, models, full-scale workshops, paintings, photographs and films.

Five questions are presented in the exhibition: “How can help design a safe, healthy, respectful environment?” finally, “How can they mark the transition from instability to peace?”
The answers remain open, and in some cases concrete, like the theme Regreening Africa an app created to track the efforts of organizations and residents to fight deforestation, or HarassMapby four Egyptian women suffering from sexual harassment. In other cases they are purely artistic and aesthetic in nature, such as the theme Teeter-Totter Wallthree pink teeters waved that Rael San Fratello installed on the border of Mexico and the United States of America. But there are some works of concrete speculative power, as RED: Architecture of Peace Missionswhich conceives of United Nations camps not as closed, temporary protections, but as catalysts for local development providing services and remaining in use even after the peacekeeping forces have left. A final statement worth noting, before we leave it to the readers to discover all the works that are presented, is written Stone Garden by Lebanese architect Lina Ghotmeh: a mixed-use tower built on 13 floors of Beirut to bring the material of pain and challenge the city endured after the war.

Francis Cibati


Exhibition design by Höweler + Yoon Architecture.
Exhibition graphics by Common Name.
Photos courtesy of Cooper Death. Smithsonian Design Museum


How Can Design Support Safe, Healthy, Respectful Environments?
• Body Mapping, Republic of Congo
• Christmas activities, Colombia
• Tracker Island, South China Sea
• Papers, Please, Global
• Social Responsibility Centers, Canada, Serbia, United States (Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon)
• Startblok Elzenhagen, Netherlands
• Teeter Totter Wall, US Mexico border
• Adventure Daly Graphic Novel, Tunisia

How Can Design Address the Root Causes of Conflict?
• Astropolitics: Wasted Terrestrial Resources and the Cosmic Future of Capitalism, the Moon and the Earth.
• CONIFA, more than 60 teams worldwide
• Odi Speech Lexicon, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mombasa, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
• New World Summit Rojava, Rojava (West Kurdistan)
• Peace Pavilion India)
• Positive Peace Index, 163 Countries Index
• Rare pottery, China Inner Mongolia
• Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia.
• Stalled!, United States
• Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United States

How Does Design Engage Creative Confrontation?
• Fine Arts Arms, United Kingdom
• Black Lives Matter Street Mural Census, United States
• Black Lives Matter Harlem Street Mural, United States (New York)
• Symbol of Extinction, Global
• Maps (Bullet Series) Series), Colombia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Mexico, Spain, United States (countries where bullet casings were collected)
• World Peace Symbol, Uruguay

How can Design understand truth and dignity in the search for peace and justice?
• Conflict Kitchen, United States (Pennsylvania)
• My Major Gardens, United States (South Carolina)
• Paper records, United States (Louisiana)
• Chronicle of South Africa
• Killings of Halit Yozgat, Germany

How Can Design Help Transitions from Instability to Peace?
• BLUE: Architecture of the Union Peace Mission, Mali, Liberia (field research)
• Casa Azul, Venezuelan migration routes in South America, Central America and the Caribbean
• Designing for Dignity, Norway
• HarassMap, Canada, Egypt, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey
• Ideas Box, Australia, Bangladesh, Burundi, Colombia, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Turkey, United States
• Jordan Peace Park, Jordan, Israel
• Korea Remade, Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
• Recoding After the Syrian War, Syria
• RefAid, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
• Safe Passage Bag Workshop, Greece
• Stone Garden, Lebanon



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