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There are many semi circular benches for people to sit around. If there are left over funds, it would be nice to have a little vegetation as well as solar lights showed in the second image. The main goal is to at least have the benches and tables.
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The Urban Gateway (Navigating the Laneway)
Angela Abolhassani, Amanda Scarlato, Yi Fan (Helen) Xie
The Urban Gateway exemplifies a connecting and passive laneway typology that considers a phased development to grow into a long term vision for the Ryerson campus. The proposed framework maintains the historical character of the Victoria Laneway, whilst providing a visually attractive thoroughfare with opportunities for art work, greenery, and a host for spontaneous interventions. The Urban Gateway recognizes the importance of accessibility and safety through maintenance and adequate design as the first step to encourage use and interest of the laneway. The Urban Gateway creates celebrated pedestrianized conditions that allow the site to be used freely, safely, and positively. The framework, canopy, and signage are designed to human-scale through segmenting the laneway into highlighted experiential views and contributing to a continuity of the sky and ground. This addresses urban intensification in promoting a strong visual connection for the entirety of the laneway from Gould Street to Dundas. The laneway inserts itself as a unique identity in the urban fabric as it becomes a vital portal of congregation between the Torontonian and Ryerson community, igniting opportunities for collaboration as users mesh at the pedestrian axis. The promotion of the Bike Room is highlighted and complimented throughout the laneway by pulling the structural design from the mural as a guideline to cohesively frame each section of the bicycle mural; complimenting the mural colours in the laneway; lighting and universal signage to easily identify the Bike Room storage; and improving laneway accessibility conditions for cyclists. The Urban Gateway is an animated laneway, celebrated as a transitional space, which is key to urban pocket spaces as such.
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Kate Gonashvili, Matthew Gelowitz, Sahel Tahvildari
The proposal brings attention to the existing bicycle storage facility at Ryerson University by creating a bicycle stop for the cyclists of the university, as well as general public of Toronto. The current loading strip is transformed into a space to rest and interact by introducing seating areas. This thruway, located on the boundary of Ryerson, connects the city with the campus; thus, acting as an entranceway for both pedestrians and cyclists. In addition, bicycle amenities such as water dispenser, shelter and innovative bicycle station helps promote this sustainable way of transportation, thus encouraging all students to take advantage of the facilities that Ryerson University has to offer. The wood plank path acts as a separator between vehicular and pedestrian traffic moving through the site, while the texture of the material brings warmth to otherwise uninviting surroundings. The bench is constructed of a sloping hollow structural steel section up to a wooden slat bench, where bikes can be inserted and locked during class or work near closed circuit cameras for added security. The proposal considers the existing site elements - the bicycle room and the painting - by assisting the bike facility and emphasizing the mural, not overshadowing either.
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Inspired by the site's shipping containers and foodie origins, this concept uses the classic takeout container to give shape to a series of modular benches that can be easily assembled or taken down as needed. Galvanized water troughs echo materials used on site and are re-figured and re-used as planter boxes where ornamentals, vegetables or herbs can be grown.
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Cultural hub and home to the dynamic mix where culture, food and arts meet, Artscape Wychwood Barns has been a focal point for the St Clair community and Toronto for the past several years. In its previous life, the century old facility served as a streetcar repair facility with tracks evident throughout the site's footprint (as seen in the site plan). Today, these tracks are evident on site, in the form of different colored paths as signifiers of what was once there. The starting point of this project - InteractionINFO - was to keep the sites historic heritage in mind and reflect on how that could create a playful response to display and transfer information. Incorporating tracks in our project as the movement mechanism displaying our information boards, is in many ways a reference to the tracks that were once on site giving individuals the opportunity to control their own environment in a playful manner. InteractionINFO is a small pavilion constructed out of one main structural piece and several movable components. It allows its users to control the inner layouts of the structure, including interactive information boards, benches and interactive boxes. InteractionINFO is mainly used as an information center however at times the components can be removed and InteractionINFO could potentiality transform to a stage or other uses according to specific events happening at Wychwood Barns. The outer layer of the structure provides light to nearby users as it glows in different colors, providing a safe environment at night and day.
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Krystyna Ng, Chris Chown
The WEAVE is composed of an interlacing network of wooden strands and creates an entrance onto the North West corner of the Wychwood Barns site. The structure serves as both an information kiosk by providing info on current events taking place and as a partially covered shelter that spans over the existing benches and respects the current trees. The material capabilities of wood were considered by exploring the curvature of the strands and their connection points to manifest an organic form. This is also in relation to the weave as a fabric where wood was looked at to embody this nature. The structure itself is flexible and has the ability to take on an infinite number of forms, depending on its location and touch down points. By utilizing the woven grid in relation to the site WEAVE is a product of its condition where determinants can create shelter, benches, display or other potential opportunities. The strands can be adjusted and expanded to fit different areas of Wychwood Barns and create a site wide strategy that will provide information to its visitors.
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