Each September, a small group of students begin a nine-month graduate certificate program in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy at the George Brown College Institute without Boundaries (IwB). Working as a team, the students explore and design a public research project.
Initiated in 2003, the IwB program has expanded to involve collaboration with communities around the world including Costa Rica; Chile; Milan, Italy; Dublin, Ireland; New York City; and Chicago. These projects are realized through the charrette methodology, an intensive collaborative process that brings together students and professionals from different disciplines to address assigned design challenges.
In 2015, for example, when Milan hosted the World Expo, IwB students participated in the planning of an interdisciplinary “Future Ways of Living” charrette, bringing together students, faculty and professionals from more than 20 countries to design changes to infrastructure and systems such as food, mobility, energy, health and wellness, communication and education.
Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Design Strategy program learn how to articulate possibilities for design with potential for changing the world.
Read more about the Institute without Boundaries here.