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Alyson Fraser Diaz talks Allied Media Conference & Hue Design Summit

Though the virtual space has its limitations, being able to attend two design events from across the country in one weekend is a definite positive! This past week, second-year Alyson Fraser Diaz was able to attend both the Hue Design Summit and annual Allied Media Conference, and was kind enough to share her reflections on…

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Join us for National Portfolio Day!

DSI will be participating in National Portfolio Day on October 17th, 25th, 31st and November 22nd! If you’re considering applying to DSI and want some to receive some personalized advice, sign up for a portfolio review slot with our Director of Operations, Chessa Cahill.  This year, all events will be taking place online and are…

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Thesis Intensives: Shifting Mental Models

As we draw closer to our Spring ‘21 thesis show, our faculty is continuing last fall’s Thesis Intensive series. Our second years started this semester’s set with Jaimie Cloud–instructor of Environmental Ethics–facilitating a workshop on shifting mental models. This intensive focused around the idea of mental models of unsustainability, which are categories of thinking that…

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Mapping the Body with Marie Lloyd Paspe

This week, the first year’s Mapping and Visualization course invited dancer, singer, performance artist and creator Marie Lloyd Paspe to provide a new perspective on the concept of mapping and storytelling via choreography and the body. Before jumping into an interactive session with our students consisting of a guided meditation, warm-up, and spiritual dance party…

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A Look Back on Co-Designing with Ben Norskov and Mohini Dutta

This past weekend, an assortment of first and second-year students and faculty gathered together at the DSI studio under the guidance of Games for Impact Instructors Ben Norskov and Mohini Dutta for a workshop on co-design: a process intended to generate capabilities and tools to utilize in their own work practice as they collaborate with…

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Career Prep at DSI

Some of our most frequently asked questions here at DSI are “where can you go with a degree in Social Design? What are your alums doing? What kind of jobs do they get?” The answer is deceptively simple: DSI graduates tend to work at things they love, and bring an additional ability to lead change…

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A Master Class in Community Mapping Bridges DSI and Harlem

In late January, I was invited by Leetha Filderman of PopTech and Cheryl Heller of the School of Visual Arts, MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program, to run a masterclass on community mapping for the Harlem First initiative. The initiative is a collaboration between DSI, PopTech, Arnhold Institute for Global Health, and Strive, and its aim is to “bring together designers, community leaders, data scientists and health care professionals to conceive a new future of wellness care.”

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.

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.

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