The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) presents Connected & Unbound: A New Regional Perspective, the IwB's research on symbiotic regions that guided the development of a series of projects and prototypes to create a regionally connected waterfront. Over the course of 2016–2017, the IwB partnered with Waterfront Toronto to use collaborative research and practices, to create projects that will connect the waterfront to the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region by strengthening human conditions. After nine months of design development, in consultation with Waterfront Toronto, an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty at the IwB, researched the relationships and connections that exist in waterfront regions around the globe and the GGH region.
This year-long project uncovered insights about the regionalization of the world that led to the development of actionable small, and large scale projects that can be implemented at different scales in the region. The IwB's partnership with Waterfront Toronto gave the team the opportunity to apply regional research to create projects that use Toronto's waterfront as a case study for the types of projects that will create stronger human and living connections in the region.
The final three proposed projects—Hello Lake, Path Perks, and Downtown Entrepreneur Collective (DEC)—best represent the IwB's Integrated Design Strategy and regional research to create a regionally connected waterfront.
B.A. Psychology, Carlton University and Diploma Creative Advertising, Seneca College
Nicole's psychology and advertising background led her to start her career working as a graphic designer in publishing. After working in that industry for several years, she realized that publishing wasn’t her passion anymore so she decided to pursue further education at the IwB to learn more about how to design projects for human centred experiences with a multidisciplinary team. The IwB program has enabled her to use her graphic design skills to collaborate and work on real life projects where she has learned to see the world and its issues in a different way.
B.A. (Hons.) Arts, Philosophy, Political Science and French as a Second Language, University of Toronto
For Nazanin the life of the city has always been a source of curiosity and inspiration, which has shaped her personal identity. Growing up in Tehran and Toronto, Nazanin experienced a childhood of discoveries, living within an environment marked by eastern traditions and influenced by western thoughts. Nazanin loves to travel and has explored diverse places, discovering the unique architectural and experiential qualities of the built environment, and its reflection on the way people live, interact and connect with one another.
While completing her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto in Philosophy and Political Science, Nazanin became interested in local and global development, and the improvement of the human condition. During her studies, she began to critically analyze the theoretical and practical questions of human existence, and joined various student organizations dealing with human rights and political issues. The IwB has given her the opportunity to put her theoretical knowledge to practical use, while working on projects with a human centered design lens.
B.A. Material Art and Design, OCAD University and Diploma in Innovation and Future Thinking, IED Barcelona
Carolina was born in Toronto and grew up in a family environment influenced by Central American culture, she has had the privilege of traveling to different parts of Central and South America and most recently Spain . Carolina attended OCAD University for Material Art & Design where she studied the process and life cycle of materials. She specialized in fiber process and development and completed a thesis where she developed a wearable collection about raw material which catered to wool allergy specific clients and chemical free fiber and life cycles. Carolina moved on to working as an entrepreneur with a mentor as a franchise owner for residential and commercial painting teaching her about business management where she then moved on to staging homes and condo's for a small self run company. Carolina wanted to continue to push her skills in design, It was a course in futurism in Barcelona, Spain that expanded her perspective to the opportunity of solving more complex topics, in larger more fulfilling scales which then brought her to the IwB.
B.A. Sociology, Minor Studio Art, Oberlin College
Sam is also an award winning photographer and a proven coordinator who has produced and directed several circus shows. She is also an accomplished interviewer and writer with a passion for social justice.
Her intense interest in examining the world around her and her love of creativity lead her to pursue degrees in Sociology and Studio Art from Oberlin college. A US native, Sam has lived across the United States, doing everything from coaching circus arts to manufacturing fire props. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, hanging upside down and writing prank essays about Karl Marx.
B.A. Film and Media, Queen's University and Diploma in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Seneca College
Robin thinks that the world is an interesting place. He spent his undergraduate degree at Queen's University viewing it through the medium of film, graduating with a B.A. in Film and Media. Through his diverse work and travel that took him from Europe to West Africa to Central America, his appreciation for the world's beauty and its pains grew.
Realizing that there were NGO's and nonprofits working to alleviate some of the problems he witnessed on his travels, he worked in Canada for Public Outreach as a charitable fundraising manager. Robin went on to pursue a postgraduate diploma in Nonprofit Management at Seneca College. His passion for the issues and wonders of this planet continues to expand and he is continuously finding different lenses to understand and create change. His favourite colour is the light shade of green on a tree during a sunny day. In his spare time, he can be found reading a book in the park, playing with his cats or discovering a new band.
BDes Industrial Design, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
In 2015, Georgia founded MAC / MAC an independent design project that connects people with the art and design community. MAC / MAC enables users to undertake both individual projects and partner in collaborative team-based works, which value processes of dialogue and critical design. Her other work includes using hands on experimentation to encourage change in community based projects. Georgia initiated a co-design process for The Robert Shitima Project, a school in Kabwe, Zambia. The project focused on the development of a student-led art program. Most recently, she has worked as a program coordinator at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, BC, where she co-designed the inaugural outline of workshops and community engagement programs.
Devika Narayani Prakash
B.A. (Hons.) Development Studies, University of Sussex
Devika was born and grew up in Delhi, India. After finishing her schooling she travelled the himalayan region to understand grassroots development projects. She studied Development Studies at University of Sussex, Brighton, after which she moved back to India to work on water management projects and public partnerships. Devika has worked on various water supply, treatment and management projects with municipal governments of Indore and Gurgaon. She was part of a team to set up the first floating islands in India to be powered by solar electricity using anaerobic filtration and made of waste material.
Kate Hale Wilkes
B.A. (Hons.) Human Geography, with Minors in Urban Studies and Visual Studies, University of Toronto
Kate is a born and bred Torontonian, but this hasn't stopped her from constantly seeking new ways of connecting with her home city. Whether she is conducting ethnographic research in the broader world or facilitating challenging conversations with citizens, she has focused on tapping into the latent knowledge and potential of the communities around her. Kate is fascinated by the power that this kind of creative engagement can bring to design and strategic outcomes.
Maria Daniela Yepes
Graphic Design (Hons.), Seneca College
Daniela was born in Bogota, Colombia, but moved to Toronto six years ago to start a career in graphic design. While pursuing her studies at Seneca College, Daniela started working at a creative production studio in Liberty Village called Klokwerks Digital Inc. She is looking forward to continuing her education at the IwB, where she hopes to use her experience working as a graphic designer to focus on problem-solving and research. Besides her love of graphic design, Daniela enjoys good food, dancing and traveling the world.