Institute without Boundaries


Each year for the post-graduate program, the IwB partners with a real-world organization and develops a Major Project around their complex needs.

Students learn skills, do research, create comprehensive proposals and present their work over the course of the academic year– all of which is guided by the demands of their Major Project.

Every Major Project is itself part of larger multi-year projects undertaken by the IwB.

Projects below are either student developed Major Projects or projects developed from the outcomes of a Major Project.

  • Open Data Dashboard - Dublin Style!

    On Friday afternoon, the Institute without Boundaries presented its plan for SeeDublin — an open data, online dashboard that would allow citizens to communicate with city officials, and city officials [...]

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  • Gateway Cities: IwB 2013-14
    Gateway Cities: IwB 2013-14

    Our Next Project How do gateway cities connect to the world, each other and to their local regions? The wealth of nations is built upon successful regions. The urban centres [...]

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  • The Dublin Project
    The Dublin Project

    The partner for the 2012/13 year is the city of Dublin, Ireland. This project will centre on examining the various systems that make up the city and proposing new and [...]

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  • COLAB A Change Lab for Markham
    COLAB A Change Lab for Markham

    The class of 2011-12, City Systems Year 3 focused on resolving the challenges facing the edge city of Markham, a car-centric suburban community at the edge of Toronto, as it [...]

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  • People Change Places. A Revitalization Plan for Lota, Chile
    People Change Places. A Revitalization Plan for Lota, Chile

    The 2010–2011 academic year is the second year of the City Systems project at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB). This year’s project attempted to understand how to build more resilient [...]

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  • Universally Local
    Universally Local

    Year 1 of the City Systems project partnered with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and examined the case study site Flemingdon Park. Students examined how this large-scale social housing site, [...]

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  • Renovate Your Neighbourhood
    Renovate Your Neighbourhood

    In Year 3, the focus of the Institute shifted back to North America. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity Canada and Evergreen to “renovate” a street in Toronto. Together, we [...]

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  • World House Year 2
    World House Year 2

    By the end of the WHP’s first year (2006-2007), an IwB student and native Costa Rican, Giorgiana Penon, uncovered an opportunity in her homeland. Giorgiana, who had previously worked for [...]

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  • canühome

    The canühome project grew out of research conducted by students and faculty as part of the World House Project. In partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Institute [...]

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  • World House Year 1
    World House Year 1

    In the first year of the World House Project, we developed a “System Patterns in Housing” Timeline (or “the World House Timeline) that identified twelve systems, from construction to identity, [...]

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  • Massive Change
    Massive Change

    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 [...]

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  • Health eHome
    Health eHome

    Hospitals are institutions that are vital to the human population; their standing in society is unquestionable and it is with great reliance that we live with them. But how can [...]

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