IWB Year End Exhibition

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Check out a year’s worth of work from the students from the Institute Without Boundaries.  The opening reception is next Friday, June 3, 2011, 7 – 10 p.m.

School of Design, George Brown College
230 Richmond St. East, Toronto
(Side entrance off laneway)

This project aims to use collaboration and interdisciplinary design to create a revitalization plan for Lota that incorporates resilient and sustainable design strategies that will contribute to long-term, positive change for the city.

The class and a few faculty went down at the end of October 2010, along with a group of students from Carleton University studying Industrial Design. Once in Chile, we partnered with a group of design students from DoucUC Concepcion. (A university in Concepcion – the 2nd biggest city in Chile, only an hr. from Lota) and with the municipality of Lota. The point of our trip was to research and amass as much information as possible about the city and the community, and to have a first-hand understanding of the city. We divided into four research groups, looking at -Community, Economy, Place, and Communications. We visited many parts of the city, and interviewed many residents, in order to gain information and hear the stories directly from the community members themselves. We had a quick design charette in Lota at the end of our trip with students from Carleton, DuocUC and a local technical college, to develop ideas and concepts, and get the feedback from the community.


Institute without Boundaries 2011

Lota, Chile a city of 50,000, was devastated by an earthquake in 2010. Today, Lota’s
unemployment rate is 20 percent with 10,000 people living in temporary housing. See how
nine students collaborated to provide a revitalization plan for a city in distress.

PEOPLE CHANGE PLACES is the celebration for this year’s student project at the Institute without
Boundaries (IwB). The IwB collaborated with Lota, Chile, a former mining community that was
devastated, first by its mine’s closure in 1997 and again by an earthquake in February 2010. The team
worked together with the people of Lota, industry partners, advisers, and students from Ottawa, Chile,
Toronto and around the world to develop a revitalization strategy designed to empower the community
in order to help them realize a prosperous and resilient future.

This exhibit, book, and video launch highlights People Change Places, a design strategy for rebuilding
Lota through design interventions and a revitalization plan.

The interactive exhibit provides a tactile interaction with the People Change Places content; the website
serves as a digital archive of all projects completed over the year; a film “Agents for Change” takes
a closer look at those individuals making change happen in their communities, here in Toronto and
around the world; the book People Change Places is a revitalization plan for the municiaplity of Lota.

The event will be attended by the IwB students, the faculty and advisers of the program, the Chilean
consul-general, industry professionals and academics. This event is a follow-up to a previous fundraiser
and exhibits, including an installation at the Interior Design Show and an accompanying offsite event.
Additionally, People Change Places has received coverage in the Toronto Star, the Walrus and other
print and online publications.

The IwB is a unique post-graduate program at George Brown College that brings together design
thinkers from diverse backgrounds and education to work collaboratively to create economic,
environmental and social innovation. The IwB’s current project, City Systems, explores the design of the
built environment and examines the underlying systems that make up the fabric of our cities.

Food and drinks to be served.

Visit imaginandolota.com, institutewithoutboundaries.com or worldhouse.ca/events for more
information. Contact imaginandolota@gmail.com or Sebastian Whyte at (416) 415 5000 x. 8070

Media preview on June 3, between 3 and 4 p.m. Please contact to confirm viewing.

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