A Cooper Hewitt exhibition showcases the act of peacemaking around the world

Designing Peace
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Open through September 4

Designing Peace argues for peace as a verb: The act is “not simply the absence of war but a dynamic process” which emphasizes “communication, iteration, and an understanding of context” for reducing human conflict. Curators Cynthia E. Smith and Caroline O’Connell put this assertion into action, exhibiting 40 projects from 25 countries organized into five sections: root causes, truth-seeking, confrontation, truth-seeking, environments, and transitional states.

Situated on the former Carnegie mansion’s exhibition-friendly third floor, the show’s designers had relatively free reign to arrange its contents. Working closely with curatorial

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