Mbrela Project and the Future of Education
GÖTZ UNGER and STEWART BIBBY
The Product and Industrial Design Programs at the University of Lincoln (UK), Philadelphia University and San Jose State University have been aiming to address the future of education within an international environment and have been working together on collaborative projects since 2009. The association between these institutions has enabled the studios to develop projects and share valuable cultural and practice-based experiences. In particular, the design and manufacturing networks associated to each of the studios has been a beneficial resource in the development of an international design community. The project has often had to address a variety of challenges, but the subsequent benefits to the educational experience have strengthened the design thinking and encouraged development. During 2011, the collaboration presented joint outputs in Milan, New York and Baltimore and is to exhibit in the UK during 2012. UK and US members of this international collaboration look to share their experiences.