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Airbnb Cofounder Supports RISD Scholarships

San Francisco-based designer Joe Gebbia 05 ID/GD, cofounder of the phenomenally successful startup Airbnb, has made a significant gift to RISD in support of student scholarships.

Students Propose Public Art for Providence

Students in an interdisciplinary studio taught by Professor Ellen Driscoll, head of the Sculpture department and an accomplished public artist herself, are designing public art installations for the Kennedy Plaza area of downtown Providence.

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.

Helping Astronauts to Manage Info Overload

For long duration missions, astronauts need to maintain constant communication with mission control and manage massive amounts of data so that they can diagnose and repair problems with their spacecraft and their own bodies in the event of injury.

Yoga Works

Increasingly more RISD students have turned to yoga to help them relax, focus and tap into their creative strengths.

Art + Business Meet at Harvard xDesign

RISD alum Jonathan Arena 09 GD is a right brain/left brain kind of guy.

Dancing on the Ceiling

Designer Matthew Bird 89 ID, an assistant professor of Industrial Design at RISD, learned long ago that the secret to carving out a successful career is thinking outside the box.

Full STEAM Ahead

Most visual artists intuitively understand that many subject areas, including science and math, are inextricably linked to the fundamentals of design.

Clean Water for Urban Slums

In Hindi, the word walla means “provider” or “person who does.