Part art, part activism, all thought-provoking and immersive, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Toronto office hosted a "Nature Deficit Disorder Clinic" as part of the Nuit Blanche festival last September.
The installation recently won a 2018 So(cial) Good Design Award from the Association of Registered Graphic Designers, a non-profit, professional association representing 3,800 design practitioners.
During the Nuit Blanche "clinic," attendees' level of nature deficiency and degree of separation from the natural world were examined. Treatments recommended for those found to have a nature deficit disorder included water and trees, even rocks.
Laurier alumna Jennifer McDougall, whose title for the project was “design researcher and futurist,” was one of four designers behind the installation. The others were Bergur Ebbi, Nourhan Hegazy and Prateeksha Singh.
To learn more about the Nature Deficit Disorder Clinic, visit the clinic's permanent installation website.