MASS, Shaw commit to build “MDLab” at CGI

Continuing our follow-up coverage of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, we want to highlight another of approximately 150 “commitments.” This second is spearheaded by MASS Design Group, another one of the foremost leaders in the public interest design field.

MASS–in partnership with Shaw Contract Grouphas committed to establishing a global innovation laboratory, called the MASS Design Lab (MDLab), to test, implement, and bring to market specific solutions that will effect systematic change in the built environment. With one hub in Kigali, Rwanda and one in the United States, MDLab will host immersive design and development teams comprised of fellows and mid- to post-career professionals from a range of disciplines in order to develop the necessary knowledge and ideas to address high impact topics. MDLab will then integrate this collective knowledge to identify new questions and opportunities, rapidly prototype ideas, and quickly bring new designs to market. The lab will not only provide a venue for re-thinking and re-designing the built environment, but it will also train entrepreneurs, inspire new educational programs, and foster the necessary R&D processes required for newly designed products to actually solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Click here to learn more about MASS Design Group’s 2012 CGI commitment for the MDLab, online at, or click here to read about MDLab, online at Caption: Photo of MASS Co-founder & Executive Director Michael Murphy announcing MDLab at CGI.

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