This exhibition was on display from May 10, 2019 to January 20, 2020.

There were 322 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 62 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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Designers are collaborating with nature, forging meaningful connections between humanity and the Earth. Their work is inspired by and intertwined with nature like never before, reflective of our transforming relationship to the natural world. Compelled by a sense of urgency, designers look to nature as a guide and partner.
With projects ranging from experimental prototypes to consumer products, immersive installations, and architectural constructions, Nature-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, co-organized with Cube design museum, presents the work of sixty-two international design teams. Collaborations involve scientists, engineers, advocates for social and environmental justice, artists, and philosophers. They are engaging with nature in innovative and ground-breaking ways, driven by a profound awareness of climate change and ecological crises as much as advances in science and technology.
The exhibition themes explore seven strategies that designers are using to collaborate with nature - to understand, remediate, simulate, salvage, nurture, augment, and facilitate. The outcomes are speculative or practical and reveal new material, creative methods, and inventive technologies. These provocations and solutions put forth by today's extraordinary design teams serve as encouragement for an enduring and more respectful partnership with nature.

  • GoatMan, 2014-2016
  • back leg protheses, photograph, book, video.
  • Courtesy of Thomas Thwaites.
  • NATURE.009
  • BabyLegs, 2017-2019
  • babylegs trawl, petri dishes with microplastic samples gathered from the....
  • Courtesy of Max Liboiron.
  • NATURE.014
  • Mourn, 2017-ongoing
  • urn for over-fertilized soil, urn for rich soil, urn for poor soil,....
  • Courtesy of the Energy and Raw Materials Factory initiated by the Dutch Water....
  • NATURE.016
  • Personal Food Computer, 2018-ongoing
  • personal food computers v3.0 (pfc_edu) (2), graphic, empty growth chamber, video.
  • Courtesy of MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative.
  • NATURE.021
  • Fantasma, 2019
  • garment, silk worm cocoons and raw silk threads.
  • Courtesy of AnotherFarm.
  • NATURE.023
  • Coat, Cilllia, 2017-19
  • samples (5), touch samples (5), coat.
  • Courtesy of the Tangible Media Group.
  • NATURE.024
  • Ultraboost Shoe, 2016-ongoing
  • prototype, running shoe (3), ground shoe, illegal fishing nets, stages of....
  • Courtesy of adidas AG and Parley for the Oceans.
  • NATURE.030