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The Royal College of Art in London has already made a name for itself with the Helen Hamlyn Centre (see our piece from a few months ago.) Today it announced the creation of a £5.8 million ($11.5 million) multidisciplinary centre called Design-London at RCA-Imperial. It’s a collaboration between the RCA, Imperial College and the Tanaka Business School which aims to bring together the disciplines of design, engineering, technology and business. As the blurb puts it: “research will explore how design can be more effectively integrated with business and technology to create world-beating products and services.” 65% of the funds came from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, while the aim is for the unit to be self-sustaining within three years. It’s a solid commitment to education, and acknowledgement of the importance of design to business (and vice versa). Good way to start the week.
What comes next? The Bloomberg Businessweek Innovation and Design blog chronicles new tools for creativity and collaboration, innovation case studies in both the corporate and social sectors, and the new ideas that have the power to change the way things have always been done.