The New York Times > “Nobody said progress was easy.”

(press.) New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman pens “In ‘By the People,’ Design for the Underserved and Overlooked” – a review of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s latest exhibition titled “By the People: Designing a Better America.” The show, which includes my old Atlanta Beltline thesis map and other artifacts, is “about the intersection of poverty, prosperity, innovation and design.”

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Excerpt: “As the show’s title implies, design is not just the task of designers. … Mostly… the show is about ideas collectively developed or bubbling up from the bottom. What results can take numerous forms: a plan to shrink Detroit; a pedal-powered tractor; an ironic board game explaining the housing market; a jewelry business employing formerly homeless women to make items using chipped-off graffiti; an online tool for mapping commute times; labels on baby products with child-rearing tips. In other words, “By the People” is about just what it says, everyday citizens cooking up solutions to what ails their communities.”  >> More.

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