Wei Zheng, a student in the first graduating class at DSI, came from the city of Changsha in Hunan Province, where she attended Hunan Normal University. She organized a workshop at Hunan Normal, where Cheryl Heller, DSI chair and DSI advisory Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of the Social Innovation Lab at Babson College in Boston,…
by Wei Zheng
“The Silent Author’s mission is to give high school students in China a voice, and improve their well being by making parents, teachers and policy makers aware of their despair.”
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.
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.
Wei Zheng is a visual designer and an editor. She’s worked with several art magazines in Beijing and is currently focused on understanding the Chinese art market. She hopes to help transform the market from traditional investors to a broader consumer market and to help young collectors find emerging artists. She’s also interested in creating…