Lara & Eduardo run the Parsons Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab (DESIS Lab).
The DESIS Lab is an action research laboratory founded in 2009 at The New School in New York City. DESIS Lab works at the intersection of design and social theory, applying interdisciplinary expertise to sustainable practices and social innovation.
Our goal is to advance the practice and discourse of design-led social innovation to foster more equitable and sustainable cities and practices. In a complex world posing overwhelming systemic challenges, the DESIS Lab’s team reconsiders ossified assumptions about our contemporary social, cultural, and economic landscapes. Using integrated design practices, the lab develops creative responses to critical and pressing problems. Our emphasis on service design as a practice based in social justice is just one approach we employ to initiate and support efforts for social change.