Designing for Dignity

Design for Good exhibit to open at the Museum of Design Atlanta

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The Museum of Design Atlanta will house a new exhibition this fall highlighting architectural projects around the world designed to dignify the people that use them. Shown here: Mulan Primary School by Rural Urban Framework (Courtesy Rural Urban Framework)
The Museum of Design Atlanta will house a new exhibition this fall highlighting architectural projects around the world designed to dignify the people that use them. Shown here: Mulan Primary School by Rural Urban Framework (Courtesy Rural Urban Framework)

A new exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) will press people to consider the ways in which architecture can bring dignity to those who need it most. Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone will open September 23 and will showcase real-world stories about structures designed by firms that put people first.

Based on the 2017 book Design for Good, the show will be curated by the author, John Cary, an architect, writer, and curator. Cary envisions a more diverse industry that’s dedicated to designing for the public good. His seminal book led him to speak at a TEDWomen conference last November where he highlighted the narratives of the architects and clients around the world who participated in the featured projects.

Butaro Hospital

Butaro Hospital by MASS Design Group (Iwan Baan)

Similar to his book and TED Talk, Cary’s MODA exhibition will focus on why everyone deserves good design no matter their economic status, race, or geographic location. He’ll display the work of firms like Studio Gang and MASS Design Group as well as the stories of the people whose lives have been affected by their buildings.   

Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone will run through January 12 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 22 at 5 p.m. Tickets are available here.

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