Multidisciplinary Design Is the Future
I believe multidisciplinary firms and education to be the wave of the future (“What Non-Traditional Design Education Can Teach Us”). As the world condenses and our technologies flourish rampantly, it becomes harder for one discipline to make a difference. Only through teamwork can one understand a problem holistically.
What an architect does not know about a neighborhood, a social worker can help fill in, a graphic designer can help [publicize], and so forth. This kind of problem-solving can be applied to all aspects of design, from wheelchairs and affordable housing to city planning and day-care centers.
I experienced this type of teamwork firsthand at Archeworks, an organization that addresses social needs by developing and providing alternative design education solutions, arrived at through a multi-disciplinary process.
Until more schools come out of their ivory towers and into the streets to communicate and collaborate, our world will always suffer.