M21D is hard at work on new exhibitions and programs. We're looking for individuals and organizations to collaborate on them with us. We'll continue to update this list of projects as new ones arise. If you don't see something that fits your specific focus, send us an email with an outline of your proposal.


Design for Ecology and Crisis

In collaboration with the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (CAFA) and its museum, M21D is developing an exhibition and programming for December 2021. The theme will be Future Unknown, with content co-curated by the Design for Ecology and Crisis department at CAFA. Among the topics under examination are design strategies for achieving carbon-negative results. 

Floriade Festival

The M21D curatorial team is organizing an exhibition for Floriade, a horticulture festival produced once every 10 years in the Netherlands (opening April 2022 in Amsterdam and Almere). The topic is the troubled but hopeful relationship between humans, nature, and technology. The exhibition will consist of more than 1,000 square meters with outdoor and indoor installations of experimental technologies and imaginative speculations. It's a project of Next Nature Network in conjunction with the Dutch Design Foundation.  

Image: plan for the Di-X Natural Pavilion 


Reframing Design Objects

What stories can we tell about design objects if we look at them from a different angle? In collaboration with Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, M21D is examining objects from the museum’s collection from social and environmental perspectives. By engaging with these objects in a new way, we will reframe them with new data, provocative questions, and feedback from the people for whom they were designed. One of our goals is to develop new criteria for museums to use in telling compelling new stories about the objects in their museums. 


Programming and events coming soon to Rotterdam!

Image: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, by Ossip van Duivenbode


Redesign: Coronavirus and Public Space

The COVID-19 crisis upended our expectations of personal and public spaces — and it demanded rapid re-designs everywhere. This exhibition, planned for the NDSM-werf in Amsterdam will spotlight and recreate the best examples of creative repurposing of public spaces from around the world. Often, they're achieved with simple interventions like chalk and tape. All are designs that signal an evolution in community priorities.   

Image: Doug Gordon

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Design of Dissent

This ongoing research project will present in exhibitions the best of design that has supported protest over the past 20 years, from posters and masks to strategies for organizing. It is inspired by current social justice movements, the 2005 publication and exhibition of the same name by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić, and the recent exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta. The topic takes on new significance following the events of 2020 and the urgency to expand and disseminate our collective playbook of protest.  


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Carbon-Negative Design

This exhibition will feature objects that can truly claim to sequester carbon in their production or via the completion of their life-cycles. An accompanying program with designers, local communities, and policy-makers will include discussions about how to make carbon-negative design a standard rather than a label. 

Image: Post Carbon City, Terreform One