Norwich University School of Architecture + Art will host a lecture on the ways design can influence social change on Friday, March 7, at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery. Elizabeth Hermann, Silvia Acosta and Daniel Feldman, founding partners of DESINE Lab, will present a lecture entitled “Design in the Context of Communities at Risk.”DESINE Lab, of the Rhode Island School of Design, operates on the premise that design is a powerful tool for achieving social change. The group is a self-described laboratory for design, innovation and entrepreneurship where issues of global inequality are addressed through strategic community-driven planning and action.
DESINE Lab has worked on projects around the world, including El Guadual Early Youth Development Center; the Villa Rica municipality in Cauca, Colombia; and Pancho Villa “LA ROZA” COMMUNITY CENTER, Colonia Francisco (Pancho) Villa, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
“The lecture will discuss the relevant and important issues of how architecture can affect social and cultural challenges,” says Tolya Stonorov, Norwich assistant professor of architecture. “The work of DESINE Lab exhibits how good design can simultaneously be beautiful, edgy and have deep social importance. This is a lecture that every budding architect and designer should not miss.”
DESINE Lab founders have been awarded many accolades. Hermann is a contributing author to the Encyclopedia on Women in Muslim Cultures (EWIC) and author of the in-progress books Cities of Silt and Sand: Urbanization, Environment and Cultural Identity in the Bengal Delta and Designing Justice: Topographies of Choice and Cooperation. Acosta’s work (as well as that with students) has been published online in COGDesign, Inhabitat, Archiable and Architectural Review Australia: Social Space, Atencion San Miguel, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe Magazine. She has exhibited her paintings, drawings and architectural work widely in Europe and the US, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The work of Feldman and his collaborators has been published in Design Like You Give a Damn 2 (2012), Domus Magazine: State of Desig, 10 Social Designs (2012) and Escala Magazine (2011).
This event is free and open to the public.