Hunt believes that the next generation of designers will take an active role in reinventing infrastructures such as the health-care system. In order to grapple with such massive concepts and institutions, designers will have to collaborate with experts in other fields. “We’re putting designers together with people like political scientists, anthropologists, and business managers to identify nontraditional methods to meet challenges that require multidimensional thinking,” says Hunt. To that end, he is looking to build networks with external nonprofit organizations and industry partners to collaborate on projects with students.
Another important aspect of the program is the transdisciplinary approach used within the school itself. Hunt is laying the groundwork for student collaborations with counterparts in the social science departments of The New School. “This school has two great core strengths, social research and design,” explains Hunt, “yet the two have never been practiced together. This is an opportunity to create a sandbox and play together to see what can be built.”