DFA + Gensler NYC on Natural Disasters

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Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, DFA students at Barnard|Columbia wanted to target an area that had been severely affected by the storm. Thus, they partnered with Gensler and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) to design the physical and programmatic plans for a community center in the Far Rockaway’s area. The summer culminated with the development of seven designs that were presented to the community as options for the renewal of a firehouse that could serve as the center.





DFA’s Luna Lights at Healthbox!

healthbox-logoHealthbox announced its collaboration with HCSC (Health Care Service Corporation) and five leading hospitals and health systems—Advocate Health Care, Ascension, Community Health Network, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare and Ridgeview Medical Center—for its third Chicago accelerator. Eight companies have been carefully selected for the program by this collaborative group of healthcare industry organizations by demonstrating not only their experience in building innovative technologies but their flexibility to evolve as healthcare marketplace needs shift over time. We are product to announce that DFA’s Luna Lights is one of these selected start-ups! 





A Designer’s Perspective on “Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your Impact Business”

A couple weeks ago a few of us DFA Fellows attended the Impact Engine’s “Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your Impact Business.” I originally signed up for the event in preparation for a year ahead helping DFA projects continue and implement, positively impacting their intended users and stakeholders. I ended up leaving with my wheels spinning, running to synthesize some big ideas and how they relate to DFA.





3M Leadership Studio 2014 Recap!

3M-Logo-Red-Pro-size-300x160Over 70 DFAers from all 21 studios spent four intense days in the Ford Design Center at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering for the 4th annual Leadership Studio sponsored by 3M! The long weekend had three major themes to learn about human-centered design as applied to those affected by breast cancer, the design of their studio, and the design of their lives as innovators throughout their careers.

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Studio To Go Box

A huge thanks to Northwestern’s Masters of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation program for building all 21 studios a Studio To Go Toolkit!



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