The North Coast Design Competition strives to promote a mutualistic thriving of both human and natural systems within the Great Lakes Basin. By way of topical ideas competitions and subsequent publications, the NCDC places hope and optimism in the transformative power of design and design thinking in shaping the future of the region. Topics chosen are considered relevant and timely to the Great Lakes Basin and are meant to generate a series of robust and inspired design solutions that will draw attention to important issues while projecting future possibilities that are genuine to the North Coast.