Designs for Different Futures at Philadelphia Museum of Art, through March 8, 2020

“The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a major collaborative exhibition that focuses on the role of designers in shaping the world of our future. Tasked with problem-solving across multiple disciplines, designers address the values, behavior, needs, and wants of society, not only with physical products, but by creating services, organizational systems, human interactions, speculative propositions, and even virtual experiences. Designs for Different Futures includes imaginative design ideas and products that respond to human civilization’s future needs, desires, and fears, exploring such issues as human/digital interaction, climate change, political and social inequality, resource scarcity, transportation, and infrastructure. About 80 future-focused projects are orgazined loosely into subthemes – ideas such as Bodies, Foods, Generations, Data, Jobs, Materials, Power – constellations that reflect differently designed and multiple-answer futures.” — Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Another Generosity, designed 2018 by Eero Lundén, Ron Aasholm, and Carmen Lee of Lundén Architecture Company in collaboration with Bergent, BuroHappold Engineering, and Aalto University (Courtesy of the designers). Photograph © Andrea Ferro. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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Raising Robotic Natives, designed 2016 by Stephen Bogner, Philipp Schmitt, and Jonas Voigt (Courtesy of the designers) Photograph © Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt, and Jonas Voigt. Image courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

Lisa Hartje Moura; Future;

Alien Nation: Parade 0, designed 2017 by Lisa Hartje Moura for HEAD-Genève (Private Collection) Photograph © Head-Genève, Michel Giesbrecht, 2017. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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Everything Video Game, designed 2017–19 by David OReilly (Courtesy of the designer) Image © David OReilly. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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PhoeniX Exoskeleton, designed around 2013 by Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni for suitX (Courtesy of the manufacturer). Photograph ©suitX. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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Cricket Shelter: Modular Edible Insect Farm, designed 2016 by Mitchell Joachim (Courtesy of the designer). Photograph © Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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ZXX Typeface, designed 2012, by Sang Mun (Courtesy of the designer). Photograph © Sang Mun. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault, designed 2008 by Peter W. Søderman, Barlindhaug Consulting (Exhibition display courtesy of USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation). Photograph courtesy of Global Crop Diversity Trust. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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Petit Pli—Clothes That Grow, designed 2017 by Ryan Mario Yasin (Courtesy of the designer). Photograph © Ryan Mario Yasin. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

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Future Library, 2014–2114, designed by Katie Paterson (Exhibition display gift of the Future Library Trust, 2018 and purchased with the European Decorative Arts Revolving Fund, 2018). Photograph © Bjørvika Utvikling by Kristin von Hirsch, 2017. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

Title image: Installation view of Designs for Different Futures (Resources), featuring Another Generosity, designed 2018 by Eero Lundén, Ron Aasholm, and Carmen Lee of Lundén Architecture Company in collaboration with Bergent, BuroHappold Engineering, and Aalto University (Courtesy of the designers). Photo by Joseph Hu, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.

Designs for Different Futures was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago, exhibition will travel to the Walker Art Center (September 12, 2020–January 3, 2021).