Design isn't only about aesthetics, and a new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York acknowledges that by focusing on designs and ideas that address social concerns. Titled 'By the People: Designing for a Better America,' the exhibit features 60 projects that deal with many different societal concerns across the US.
The issues tackled in the series include things like access to food and water, improving housing conditions and environmental concerns. The social concerns span across all areas of the US, including issues that plague both rural and urban communities.
The Cooper Hewitt exhibit is divided into six themes: Act, Save, Share, Live, Learn and Make. Each of these themes contains designs and ideas that fall under many of the categories mentioned above.