Co-founded by RISD Professor Elizabeth Dean Hermann, the Institute for Sustainable Urban Societies develops innovative solutions to the complex issues facing dense metropolises in the world’s most endangered coastal zones.
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Students work with Earth University to plan a new campus tailored to local needs, climate and terrain.
Two students team up to design an affordable new dining hall for a remote secondary school that is able to be built by the students and faculty themselves.
RISD’s Interior Architecture Department has partnered with Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies to further research passive solar applications in architecture.
In the Out of Gas! studio, students from RISD and Brown worked together to develop the Coda, an energy-efficient three-wheeler designed for urban commuters.
RISD designers and Brown University engineers are working together to develop eMotive, a cost-effective, energy-efficient vehicle designed to address transportation problems in the developing world.
RISD and the Environmental Bamboo Foundation in Bali, Indonesia, engaged in a multi-year partnership to explore innovative uses and applications of bamboo—a research venture that proved the true value of this amazing renewable resource.
The Danish company VELUX, a global manufacturer of skylights and roof windows, challenged RISD Architecture students to consider the role of natural lighting as they worked to repurpose an old mill building.
For the Solar Pavilion Collaborative Research Project, RISD and Brown researchers are working with Viessmann Manufacturing Company to build a small demonstration structure powered by a thermal electric system.
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