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

  • Language: ENGLISH
  • Enrollment: 27-11-2023to hour 12:00 on
  • Subject area: Soft skill, personal and career development
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Preference will be given to students in Product-Service System Design, Interior and Spatial Design, Digital and Interaction Design.

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Selection Criteria
Curriculum and portfolio with priority given to students in Product-Service System Design, Interior and Spatial Design, Digital and Interaction Design.
Systemic thinking skills and experience in  problem solving are required.
Proficiency in English is required.
UN Sustainable Development Goals, product service system design, smart sustainable design, sustainablility
Smart cities and smart building, Interior design, Service design, Architectural and urban design, Environmental and social sustainability

Description of the initiative

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

The Brookfield Sustainability Institute at George Brown College in Toronto will host students, faculty and industry experts from around the world in an intensive winter charrette (an extended workshop) that aims to develop projects in general about sustainable cities. The charrette, a collaborative and creative process, students will be divided into interdisciplinary teams to experiment and develop design solutions on specific topics.

The workshop will focus on the theme of sustainable places to live and grow in our cities. The charrette challenges will revolve around the design of affordable and sustainable housing units ranging from studios to 1,2- and 3-bedroom micro-units that follow the simple living philosophy that embraces a low carbon footprint lifestyle. In addition to this, there will be challenges focused on the design of the components of an automated and decentralized urban farm that would be operated in partnership between the community and an educational institution. The challenge of the various scales of local growing for food security in the urban context will be explored ranging from personal growing to public growing of food in the city. There are potentially over 12 teams working on projects.
Specific topics of the projects will be:
  • Urban Farming (automated, decentralized)
  • Mobile Health Clinic (sustainable)
  • Sustainable Remote Cabin Design
  • Wooler positive climate neighbourhood project – Interior Health Spa project for Community Centre
  • Wooler positive climate neighbourhood project – community park design for the community
  • Habitat For Humanity – new positive climate neighbourhood
  • Armel Guelph site - new positive climate neighbourhood.

By the end of the international charrette, students will acquire skills on sustainable urban design, developing a highly international and interdisciplinary approach.


dal February 2024 a February 2024


day 1 – 20 feb. 2024 MILANO – TORONTO Meeting @Milano Airport Departure from Milan to Toronto Arrival in Toronto. After the security checks and taking your luggage, we will go to our hotel day 2 – 21 feb. 2024 TORONTO 09:00 am - Financial district Tour:

  • City Hall,1958-65 Viljo Revell with John B. Parkin Associates Street East il modo migliore per avere un'idea del quartiere della spiaggia).
  • Bay Adelaide Centre, 2007-09 WZMH
  • Toronto Dominion Centre, 1963-69 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with John B. Parkin Associates, Bregman & Hamann Architects
  • First Canadian Place, 1972-77 Edward Durell Stone Associates with Bregman & Hamann Architects
  • former Toronto Stock Exchange, 1936-37 George & Moorhouse with S.H. Maw; renovated as Design Exchange, 1994 KPMB
  • Commerce Court, 1968-72 I. M. Pei & Partners with Page & Steele; 1994 renovation Zeidler Roberts Partnership
  • One King West, 2006 Stanford Downey Architects
  • Prudential Building, 1958 Peter Dickinson
  • Brookfield Place, 1989-91 Bregman & Hamann Architects with Skidmore Owings & Merrill; galleria 1987-92 Santiago Calatrava
  • Lawrence Market

04:30 pm – meeting with K.P.M.B. Architects 06:30 pm – visit of Art Gallery of Ontario

day 3 – 22 feb. 2024 TORONTO 09:00 am – University of Toronto campus Tour:

  • Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 2003-06 KPMB (original building 1984 Keith Wagland)
  • Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, Royal Conservatory of Music, 2005-08 KPMB Architects
  • Performance and Learning, Royal Conservatory of Music, 2005-08 KPMB Architects
  • Bata Shoe Museum, 1995 Moriyama & Teshima Architects
  • Max Gluskin House, 2008 Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • John P. Robarts Reference Library, 1968-73 Warner Burns Toan & Lunde with Mathers & Haldenby
  • Rotman Expansion, 2010-2012 KPMB Architects
  • George Street Revitalization, 1996-97 Brown and Storey Architects in joint venture with van Nostrand DiCastri Architects
  • Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, 2005 Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner with architectsAlliance
  • Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, 2002-2006 Foster + Partners with Moffatt Kinoshita Architects
  • Royal Ontario Museum, 2003-08 addition by Daniel Libeskind with B+H Architects

05:30 pm – Event Launch, students meet their teams at Brookfield Sustainability Institute of George Brown College (3LowerJarvis, Toronto Ontario)

day 4/5/6 – 23 to 25 Feb. 2024 TORONTO Full working days at Brookfield Sustainability Institute of George Brown College (3 Lower Jarvis, Toronto Ontario) 09:00am – 12:30 pm  > Work period 12:30pm – 01:30 pm  > Lunch
01:30pm – 04:30 pm  > Work period 04:30pm – 06:00 pm  > Advisors session 06:30pm – 07:00 pm  > Dinner
07:00pm – 11:00 pm  > Work period

day 7 – 26 Feb. 2024 TORONTO Full working days at Brookfield Sustainability Institute of GeorgeBrownCollege (3LowerJarvis,TorontoOntario) 1.00pm to 5.00pm – Final presentations followed by a celebration and acknowledgments

day 8 – 27 Feb. 2024 TORONTO - MILANO 08:00am – departure to Niagara on the Lake, Jackson Triggs Winary
(KPMB Architects, the first design winery in Canada) and Niagara Falls. 04:00pm – Arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport Departure to Milan

day 9 – 28 Feb. 2024 MILAN
Arrival in Milan


The participation fee (estimated at about 1.500,00 €) includes:

  • intercontinental flights tickets, checked baggage included
  • 7 overnights in hotel, room for 4 people (2 double bed), including breakfast & WIFI
  • transfers from / to the airport
  • travel medical insurance
  • participation at the workshop (studio supplies, program fees, keynote lectures, five lunches, opening and closing receptions)
  • partecipation certificate
  • 4 lunches and coffee breaks at BSI
  • excursions to Niagara region with the visit of Jackson Triggs Winary
  • 12 tickets of public transportation

The fee does not include: anything not expressly indicated in the fee includes: meals not indicated in the programme; personal extras; optional excursions, ecc...

Selected students, will need to activate insurance coverage by filling out the "no-cost mission request" from the personal online services page (details will be provided by the professor).

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