Stories about studios + projects

Behind THE SIMPSONS

Many RISD alumni have been involved in shaping the look and feel of The Simpsons, now the longest-running animated sitcom on American TV.

Designing Healthy Communities

Architects, designers, researchers and policy makers discuss strategies for initiating change and rethinking America’s unhealthiest neighborhoods.

Fighting Ebola

Students and faculty collaborate to brainstorm new tools and techniques for battling the epidemic in West Africa.

Cubist Fantasy

“Science fiction and fantasy catapult you into another world that you share with the author,” says Architecture graduate student Emily Yen MArch 15.

Philosophy and Form

Turkish undergrad Ipek Karaoglu BArch 16 is moved by the synergies between architecture, art history and museum studies.

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From the beginning, the challenge felt daunting: assemble a team of students to design a net-zero solar-powered house from scratch; ensure that the design is buildable, affordable, innovative and aesthetically pleasing; raise the funds needed to build a functional, full-scale prototype; and then figure out how to ship the entire house to France for an international competition.

Local Collaboration Fosters Global Innovation

Students from RISD and neighboring Brown University worked together again this year to hostA Better World by Design, an annual conference aimed at addressing sustainable solutions to complex social issues such as food, health care and the built environment in the developing world.

Design that Does Good Best

In the nonprofit world, the word ‘do-gooder’ is a loaded term.

Poetics of Space

In her 30-year career, international contemporary artistKristin Jones 79 SC has explored concepts of space and time with public art projects that are often enormous in scale.

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