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.
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.
In the nonprofit world, the word ‘do-gooder’ is a loaded term.
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.
In 1942, when Ruth Adler Schnee 45 IA left Detroit to attend RISD, she took an overnight train on the New York-bound Wolverine line.
Elizabeth Dean Hermann’s current concern is water.
Graduate students enrolled in Scales of Operation in the Waterfront have big ideas for the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
In the Architecture studio Skin Deep, Light as Air, students were asked to transform an abandoned 19th-century mill building in a low-income Providence neighborhood into a mixed-use facility that can support urban agriculture.
A curved, shimmering block of apartments in a struggling London neighborhood has won top honors in the2011 Brick Awards, one of the most well-established and respected design awards in the UK.