• Work

    DESIS Lab develops externally funded research projects with local partners and promotes workshops, studios, toolkits, exhibitions, and publications that facilitate social change through design-driven initiatives.

    Selected Projects

    Amplifying Creative Communities in New York City

    Launched in 2009 with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, this initiative investigates ways design can be used to amplify community-led approaches to sustainable living in New York City.

    Visit the Amplifying Creative Communities website for more information.

    Public & Collaborative

    Launched in 2011 with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, this multi-project initiative investigates the role design can play in building bridges between government and people, allowing for socially innovative methods of providing services for the public good.

    Visit the Public & Collaborative website for more information.

    Designing for Financial Empowerment

    Launched in 2014 with the support of Citi Community Development, Designing for Financial Empowerment is a cross-sector initiative to explore how service design can be used to make public sector financial empowerment services more effective and accessible. 

    Visit the DFE website for more information.