Institute without Boundaries

And So It Begins: 2012-13 Orientation Week

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This year’s Orientation Week kicks off to a great start with IwB alumni introductions and visits to some great local Toronto studios like Bruce Mau, CUP designs, 401 Richmond and Urban Strategies.

Learning where to get the best coffee & nutella cornetti at Fusaro’s

Later the new class of ’13 got to explore some key local features like Fusaro’s and Mystic Muffin (where they all got free apple cake from Elias).

Mini-workshop on secondary research techniques at the GBC library

Other fun activities included learning and practicing some basic techniques for both primary and secondary research by visiting the library and venturing out into the neighbourhood for some adventure research.

Day 2 and the class is already hard at work, prepping adventure research presentations

This group showed their flare for presentations, using the whole space and both high- and low-tech storytelling techniques to share the World House systems they found demonstrated in the communities around the School of Design at 230 Richmond.

Each monitor represents a different location around the neighbourhood

They also got to meet lots of IwB faculty & staff during the course of the week.

Luigi Ferrara stops in for some impromptu architecture lessons

On Friday the students were all introduced (or re-introduced) to using InDesign to create presentations in preparation for evening Pecha Kuchas.

The first salad day in action

Then that afternoon we ventured back out into the heat to visit the new underpass park near River Street and shoot some amazing photos of this adventurous new group.

IwB Class of 2013

Overall it was a great week, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish this year. Next week’s bootcamp is going to be even tougher but just as exciting (we hope)!


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