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 re-imagined a city without sprawl, a city that balances nature and people, income and access.
The team researched, designed, and communicated a collaboration model for Habitat for Humanity and Evergreen that balances three ideals: greening, inclusivity and capacity building.
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Students paired up to generate concepts for a poster to promote a seed-harvesting event organized by Evergreen at the Brickworks site. The posters doubled as an educational piece to educate children about wildflowers in Ontario.
The team came together to design concept products and a store layout for the future Evergreen marché to be located at the Brickworks.
Based on the Evergreen mandate and the observed market clientele, the store was themed on the idea of a farmhouse that is both a retail and interactive educational experience, a concept that inspired the students’ individual product designs.
Proposals included a refillable educational planting kit for children and a system of reusable, refillable bottles for household products.
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Students were tasked with creating an installation for the IwB display case in the newly renovated School of Design, which officially opened in November 2008. They took the opportunity to begin investigating how a holistic, interdisciplinary approach can affect how we “see” the street, and subsequently how we design neighbourhoods.
They reached out to the design community and public and solicited responses from a wide variety of professionals and students, from architects to lawyers. A collection of quotations overlaid on an illustration of a street demonstrates that there are many ways to experience the built environment.
For the third year in a row, IwB students designed and built a booth at the Interior Design Show. In this year, students further explored the notion that collaborative design is the key to balanced, healthy neighbourhoods. The interactive display constructed by the students was open for visitors to share their own perspectives. See the work in progress and the final installation at Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre here:
Watch video: IwB Interior Design Booth Set-Up 2009
Renovate Your Neighbourhood is a program for urban renewal, created by the post-graduate student team at the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College. It is a proposal for a joint project that could be managed by Habitat for Humanity in partnership with Evergreen, or which could be adapted by other community groups.
To learn more about the program and download the Renovate Your Neighbourhood Book, please visit worldhouse.ca/re_neighbourhood >>
Watch video: World House Year 3 in Review: Work and Play >>