Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, was the Institute’s first project, commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and led by Bruce Mau Design. In its inaugural year, six students worked in the Bruce Mau Design Studio researching, writing and designing the Massive Change exhibition, website, radio show and book. These highly successful products sparked a discourse on the potential of design to leverage positive change for the future.
In 2004, eight new students carried the project to fruition. Massive Change: The Future of Global Design premiered at the Vancouver Art Gallery with a 20,000 square foot exhibition.
The following year, Phaidon published the Mas-sive Change book, and the student-designed Massive Change product line was launched by Umbra. In 2005, graduates of the Institute collaborated with the School of Design at George Brown College to build the Massive Change in Action website for the Virtual Museum of Canada. The Massive Change exhibit also travelled to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.
Massive Change: Bruce Mau and the Institute without Boundaries. London: Phaidon Press Ltd., 2004.