We are constantly shaping the world around us - crafting everything from new structures to policies. This season, The Current explored the many ways - good and bad - that design affects our lives. Whether we're engineering the human body, a new technology, or a new way to educate children ... it's all By Design.

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  • Bruce Mau

    By Design Design shapes the world, can save us from disaster

    by Kristin Nelson

    June 30, 2015 - We hear from designers who say charette workshops can revolutionize design and unite communities. And Canadian design-thinking icon Bruce Mau says good design could save us all from disaster.

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015 1:03 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 30, 2015 1:47 PM ET
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  • Frank Gehry

    By Design Design choices make or break public spaces

    by Kristin Nelson

    July 7, 2015 - We hear about the ways the design of public spaces can be used to exclude and unite citizens. Learn how defensive architecture transforms spaces ostensibly made for everyone - into places only meant for some. And finally, top Canadian architects debate the quality of contemporary buildings.

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015 12:55 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 08, 2015 11:29 AM ET
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    By Design Designing the human body is becoming more of a reality

    by Kristin Nelson

    July 14, 2015 - Exploring design and the human body. From using technology to enhance our bodies... to designing a different kind of burial for our bodies after death.

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015 12:45 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 30, 2015 1:00 PM ET
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    By Design Environmental challenges are being addressed by design

    by Kristin Nelson

    July 21, 2015 - We explore how better design could address environmental challenges... from energy consumption and the ongoing drought in California to the threat buildings pose to song birds. But we begin with naturalist Diane Ackerman.

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015 10:07 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015 12:24 PM ET
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  • Fly-a-horse-kevin-ashton-creative-genius

    There's no one way to foster big ideas and innovative design

    by Kristin Nelson

    July 28, 2015 - We hear how crowd sourcing solutions may be the way of the future and look at why truly outside-the-box ideas are such a hard sell. We also probe the idea of creative genius.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2015 2:11 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 1:00 PM ET
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  • Couple texting

    By Design Monogamy and matchmaking might be ready for a re-design

    by Kristin Nelson

    August 4, 2015 - Sex advice columnist Dan Savage says it's time to reconsider our long-term relationships, and re-think monogamy. Also today, we'll hear about a new service promising to take match-making to a new level by analyzing your DNA.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2015 1:53 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 04, 2015 12:59 PM ET
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  • Toilet bathroom design

    Household design has potential to make us healthier, happier

    by Kristin Nelson

    August 11, 2015 - We hear about the link between kitchen design and what you eat. And explore why it may be time to redesign the most intimate room in your house - the bathroom.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2015 1:14 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 11, 2015 2:57 PM ET
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  • Japan's robot sushi chef

    By Design Design plays key role in what and how much you eat

    by Kristin Nelson

    August 18, 2015 - We hear about the design of a new "robot chef" that may revolutionize home cooking and explore how design thinking may come in handy when it comes to shrinking your waistline. But we begin with the design behind flavour.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2015 12:56 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015 1:26 PM ET
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  • Business meeting

    By Design Workplace design can change the way we do our jobs

    by Kristin Nelson

    August 25, 2015 - We talk work, by design. Hear why meetings and managers get in the way of work. And Google's Executive Chair Eric Schmidt shares some of his secrets for employee productivity and satisfaction.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2015 12:19 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015 12:30 PM ET
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  • Fuji Kindergarten - Ring Around the Tree

    By Design Design pushes education into the 21st Century

    by Kristin Nelson

    September 1, 2015 - We go back to school... from tearing down walls within school buildings to redesigning curriculum for the digital age. And we'll hear about efforts to design trans-friendly schools.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2015 11:03 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015 12:34 PM ET
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