(Practical activities, Project laboratory, Seminars, Workshop, Trips and excursions)

  • Language: ENGLISH
  • Enrollment: 08-05-2023to hour 12:00 on
  • Subject area: Soft skill, personal and career development|Tools|Tech and society
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Preference will be given to students of Product Service System Design, Digital and Interaction Design, Interior and Spatial Design, Communication Design.

Applications accepted until 15/05/2023

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Selection Criteria
In order of arrival with precedence be given to students of Product Service System Design, Digital and Interaction Design, Interior and Spatial Design, Communication Design.
Systemic thinking skills and experience in problem-solving approaches are required.
good knowledge of the English language is required.
climate change, product service system design, social innovation, sustainable development goals
Smart cities and smart building, Communication design, Interior design, Service design, Architectural and urban design, Environmental and social sustainability

Description of the initiative

Organised by George Brown College / Brookfield Sustainability Institute (
Toronto, Canada.

The Brookfield Sustainability Institute at the George Brown College of Toronto will host students, faculty, and industry experts from across the globe in an intensive summer charrette that aims to develop projects that reflect on the design transitions due to the climate crisis.
In the charrette, a collaborative and creative process, students will be divided into interdisciplinary teams to experiment and develop design solutions on specific themes (e.g. A new project for the linear city; Emergency response design; Accessible low-rise building; Radical reuse; Future of workspaces; etc.). To each project specific sustainable strategies will be assigned (e.g. circular economy, nature-based solutions, etc.) to develop a highly innovative and climate-sensitive design approach.The intensive workshop will host 4 keynote lectures given by international experts addressing innovative design practices to face the climate crisis and addressing the crucial role of design.
The charrette will have a first phase of design-driven research, where through site visits, interviews, and research, the students will develop innovative design solutions. The second part of the week will be devoted to produce a schematic project that will be discussed with local stakeholders and international experts.
By the end of the international charrette, students will gain skills on sustainable climate design, developing a highly international and interdisciplinary approach. 

The participation fee (estimated in around 1500 Euros) includes:
  • participation at the workshop (studio supplies, program fees, keynote lectures, opening and closing receptions, etc …)
  • intercontinental flights tickets, checked baggage included
  • 8 overnights, room for 4 people (2 double bed) & WIFI
  • transfers from / to the airport
  • travel medical insurance
  • partecipation certificate
  • excursions to Niagara region with the visit of Jackson Triggs Winary
The fee does not include
  • ALL not expressly indicated in the fee includes: meals not indicated in the programme; personal extras; optional excursions, ecc….


dal June 2023 a June 2023


Draft agenda:

Sunday – June 18 Departure from Milano
Monday – June 19 Architectural tour of Toronto: Financial district Tour
Tuesday – June 20 Site visit and on-field research, Design-driven research + Design brief development, Late afternoon: visit at f KPMB Architects
Wednesday – June 21 Schematic design and discussion with stakeholders + Schematic design and Innovation critic, Late afternoon: visit of Art Gallery of Ontario
Thursday – June 22 Design development
Friday – June 23 Design development
Saturday – June 24 Finalization of the projects and final presentation
Sunday – June 25 Morning free time. Afternoon departure to Niagara Region
Monday – June 26 Departure to Milano
Tuesday – June 27 Arrival in Milano


For more information, please contact Arch Marco Grassi:

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