Renovate Your Neighbourhood exhibition

This interactive exhibition on the future of Toronto’s inner suburbs as presented by the students and faculty of the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) at George Brown College, which proposes to answer the following questions: Can strip malls be converted into mixed-use neighbourhood centres? Can we create affordable housing without creating ghettos? Can communities take ownership of public spaces? Can we renovate the suburbs and create a new sustainable city?


Explore 12 projects to rejuvenate housing, parks, schools, and malls in the inner suburbs of Toronto. Learn about Renovate Your Neighbourhood, a proposal created by the Insititute Without Boundaries for Habitat for Humanity and Evergreen.


The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) was founded in 2003 by the School of Design at George Brown College in consultation with the Bruce Mau Design Studio. It is a unique academic, research and development program focused on interdisciplinary, collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy. Central to this work are real projects of public and global significance that are executed by students, faculty and industry experts.


Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, was the Institute’s first project, led by Bruce Mau Design, which sparked a discourse on the potential of design to leverage positive change for the future. In 2006, the Institute entered its second phase with the World House Project, confronting the issue of shelter for coming generations by developing housing systems that operate on the principles of sustainability, universality, technological responsiveness and ecological balance. In September 2009, IwB embarks on a new project, City Systems, to explore, dissect and reimagine the complexities of urban life.


Renovate Your Neighbourhood runs until July 26, 2009 at the School of Design at George Brown College, which is located at 230 Richmond Street East in Toronto.


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