DSI Getting Back to Nature with Danielle Skinn’s (‘20) Compostable Pillow Studio

Kyle Calian

Kyle Calian

“Getting to work with six non-profit organizations in Brownsville was something I never thought I would do, and I got to use design as something to help them communicate. So that was a huge thing for me, design has always been behind the computer, and the impact of it never really came out.” — Kyle Calian

Envisioning Climate Change at Arcadia Earth

2016 Alumnus Kyle Calian has helped coordinate the New York Times reviewed pop-up installation ARCADIA EARTH, which is currently running in the East Village of Manhattan. ARCADIA EARTH is a collaboration between more than a dozen environmental artists that creatively depicts our global ecological crisis. The multi-room exhibition features video projections, augmented reality, and virtual…

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by Kyle Calian and Amer Jandali

“A bike-operated compost pickup service that enables those living in urban areas to divert their organic waste from the landfill.”

The DSI and DFA Mentorship Program: The Beginning of a Wonderful Relationship

Last Friday, The Barnard | Columbia Design for America (DFA) studio came to DSI to be mentored by our students and begin initial planning for our new collaborative program. With the guidance of a select group of first and second year students, the DFA students will be supported in their journey through the design process.

Kyle Calian

Kyle Calian is always trying to figure out how to integrate natural systems into human structures. He studied environmental science and graphic design at American University, where he learned a lot about solving environmental problems from both a scientific and a policy perspective. He enrolled at DSI to continue problem-solving for people who want to…

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