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What is design’s role in times of crisis? Communities and individuals come together to aid each other, push for change, and create new spaces, objects, and services. Epidemics—both in the past and in the present—have triggered the discovery of new ways to treat and prevent disease while exposing systemic gaps and failures.

This exhibition will feature the work of designers, artists, doctors, engineers, and neighbors who asked, “How can I help?” In response to crisis, they created medical devices, PPE, mutual aid, infographics, posters, and architecture. Their creative actions have included open-source collaboration, rapid-response prototyping, hacking, and activism. The exhibition is curated and designed by MASS Design Group with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Architectural case studies and historical narratives will appear alongside creative responses to the current pandemic.


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Admission / Cost FREE
Organiser Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum More Info

Address: 2 East 91st Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues)
New York
NY 10128
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Public Transport 4, 5, or 6 trains to 86th St. and Lexington Ave or 6 train to 96th St. and Lexington Ave.
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