Date: June 19, 2008 Category:


Working on the World House Project in Costa Rica, the IwB developed a proposal for an interactive design tool called the Dashboard. The Dashboard was made to navigate design projects by organizing and filtering information. It is a useful tool when presented with complex design challenges. The Dashboard layers and overlaps information to make it easier to grasp the complexity of the problems at hand, helping to orient, classify, evaluate, and revise a project to generate better design solutions by developing a dialogue between designer and client on the nature if the design collaboration. The Dashboard was used to approach the Matapalo Town Square Project and other proposed projects for Guanacaste like investigating ways to create ecotourism in the Guanacaste region. It provided a framework to address multiple clients and different levels of interaction, while demonstrating sensitivity to local cultures and communities.