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From global warming to overpopulation and food shortages, Why Design Now looks at creative solutions for the contemporary world’s problems.

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum presents the National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? in New York until 9 January 2011.

Why Design Now? explores the work of various designers addressing human and environmental problems across the different fields of design, from architecture to product design, graphics, new media, landscaping and others.

This triennial event presents the most innovative, forward-thinking design at the centre of contemporary culture of the past three years. These key developments in design are depicted through eight themes: energy, mobility, community, materials, prosperity, health, communication and simplicity. With a global reach, the triennial reflects the connectedness of unique design practices while emphasising the need for international cooperation in designing solutions for the world’s problems.

The exhibition examines why design thinking is becoming an essential tool for business leaders, policy makers, consumers and citizens. It showcases design solutions that promote environmental stewardship, social equity, accessibility and creative capital.