The Québec Government Office in Los Angeles linked the world renowned Art Center College of Design of Pasadena and the Department of Design of Université de Montréal to working together on the issue of water access in Africa.
1st row: Paul Lewis, Vice-dean, Research University of Montreal and Fred Fehlau, Provost, Art Center College of Design 2nd row: Alain Houde, Head of Post, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, and Lorn Buchman, president of the Art Center
The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding to put in place a joint students/professors project called AFRICAN COOPERATION FIELD WORKSHOP: WATER FOR THE PEOPLE.
The College of Pasadena and the Université de Montréal will work on conceiving and building innovative prototypes, systems and services, at a cost that can be borne by local populations, taking into account the environment and constraints in which they will be used. These devices will then be implemented in collaboration with local populations.
The project, taking place in 2012, will give the opportunity to students from both institutions to make use of their competencies to help address the global water crisis. It is also aimed at reinforcing their social implication, and help developing their capacity to work with diverse communities impacted by the water and sanitation crisis, in the context of globalization.