As a part of the spring program, students of the Ryerson University School of Interior Design competed their the fourth year IRN700 studio design course abroad in Cortona, Italy under the guidance of Professor Barbara Vogel.
Students were tasked with developing projects that clearly recognized the legacy of the past, a historic pre-existence for their modern interventions. Their designs were to provide tangible evidence of the power of design to mediate the challenges of our changing world. Their proposals for this site needed to manifest how design recognizes an individual’s physical, mental and social condition and affects spatial experiences while also responding to shifting social paradigms. Additionally, designs had to take into account the context of sustainable operations.