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China Trip

DSI in China and South Korea, March 9th to 17th, 2015

We are excited to announce Cheryl Heller will be visiting China and South Korea from March 9th – 17th, 2015.  If you are interested in meeting while she’s there, or in attending a lecture, please contact us at dsiinfo@sva.edu. She will be speaking at the following schools: March 10th: China Central Academy of Fine Arts…

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Cheryl Kiser on Design and Entrepreneurship in China

Last month, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to co-present at two different universities in China with long-time friend, mentor, and collaborator Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Working in that capacity together, I was able to see firsthand how the pathways in design and entrepreneurship are much more similar than they are different.

City Revitalization Across National Borders: DSI and Hunan Normal University

Our collaboration began weeks before we arrived, via email, phone and our new favorite social media platform, WeChat. The subject was an opportunity to work with a community in Changsha City, China, to help revitalize a forgotten neighborhood. What began as a desire to work together inspired by our first visit to Hunan Normal last…

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Bringing a Community Out of the Shadows: DSI Alum Wei Zheng at Work

The first day of a four day workshop here at Hunan Normal University was filled with sixty excited architecture and interior design students, an impressive team of faculty, and a challenge that represents not only an opportunity for Changsha to save the hidden heart of its city and its oldest neighborhood, but also a potential model for other cities in China and the world. That’s what I thought I would be compelled to write about. And I will.

DSI Helps Bring a Community Out of the Shadows in Hunan Province, China

On November 30th, chair Cheryl Heller will embark on her third trip to China this year, this time to lead a workshop with seventy architecture and interior design students at Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China. The goal of the workshop is to help students co-create, with residents, a revitalized community that has been eclipsed by a spurt of new development adjacent to it.

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