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Stephanie Tung, Jessica Hoang Chen, Jamie Tong
The main goal of our proposal is to invite more pedestrian and cyclist circulation into the street lane in order to improve the raised issues in the project. By bringing in more circulation, a sense of safety and usability of the laneway will then increase. Other than general issues, we hope to increase supporting amenities for potential communities to grow, e.g. bikers. Since bikers are common around the campus, Victoria Street Lane could be a potential shortcut for students attending class in the Victoria Building or Image Art School or even access to Gould Street. Yet, because of the lacking amenities and the lack of visual direction, this lane is often underused. Hence, we hope to improve the situation by providing amenities such as bike fixing stations, public accessible bike racks and additional lit-up installations to increase pedestrian/biker-usage of the laneway. We also propose repavement of the lane in order to improve its visual impression as well as to create a potential event space. Since vehicle circulation in the site is not frequent, a pedestrian-only time zone could be set up. Ryerson-student organizations could then utilize it as a venue for festivals such as Art Festivals and Night Markets, which would be accessible and visible to the public (facing Dundas Street), thus raising usability and awareness of the laneway, as well as strengthening Ryerson’s identity.
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Concept Our design takes inspiration from the concepts of community and modularity that Market 707 exemplifies. One of the market’s great successes is the reuse of shipping containers as market booths, effectively breathing life into otherwise neglected materials. These concepts were ones we wanted to express with our design, Kinoko Patio Site Plan The focus of our design are the Kinoko Tables and the Market Bar. Inspired by Kengo Kuma’s wood frame constructions, the tables take their shape from mushrooms – nature’s greatest recyclers. The bar provides more space for gathering, offering some respite under the shade of the Scadding Court building. Market-goers can sit, observe the bustle of the space and perhaps enjoy a bubble tea. The bar will feature the word mark, ‘Market 707’, announcing and celebrating the space of the market. Deck Module The deck is constructed using wood pallets, clear distinguishing the space from the street and offering spots of tranquility on an otherwise busy corridor. Some pallets will be outfitted to allow grass or herbs to be grown, providing a splash of life onto the concrete sidewalk. Modular in design, the independent pallets can be stacked to create a simple mobile stage or removed for storage. Design Detail The materials used to create these spaces are affordable and the techniques to create them are simple. By emphasizing modularity, our design provides flexibility for this new space at Market 707. Since our studio has access to a workshop, we would be able to begin construction immediate.
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IDS Integrative Design Strategies Inc.
With a site located in the heart of one of Toronto’s most culturally and historically rich neighbourhood’s, we felt that these where significant elements that needed to be incorporated in the overall design concept: We embraced the cultural history by including flag colours of the different cultural groups that have settled in the area, and integrated them into the site’s seating. The idea was to create a highly functional design with dynamic visual interest that allows the community users to make their own seating spaces. The intention was to design site furniture what could move (on wheels) to allow for safe storage at the end of the day. When the seating is stored under the front bench it will form a cohesive line that represents the Ontario rail line. The intention was to connect to Alexandra Park’s history and the local Sir Casimir Gzowski. Gzowski settled in the area in the 1840’s and had a major impacted on development of Ontario’s rail. Like Gzowski, we developed a design that will bring people together when passing through one of Toronto’s major arteries.
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The appearance of Market 707 at Scadding Court, in 2010, represented an important rupture in the otherwise highly regulated and formal public space of Toronto. The emergence of this market in the drab left-over space between the community centre and the sidewalk has challenged us all to rethink our approach to public space. It highlights the fact that public space must be engageable and manipulable by the public in order to have energy. It must reflect the real needs and daily patterns of its users. While not something easily generated through top-down design, it is something that happens naturally when citizens are actively engaged in the production and manipulation of space. The process of this competition, with its emphasis on crowd-funding and public selection, extends this spirit of public-engagement in an exciting new way. The design of SP3 (Striking the right Palette of Pallets for your Palate) echoes the up-cycling ethic and aesthetic of Market 707 while creating a flexible system of modules that is manipulable over time. By re-using discarded warehouse pallets, the design helps divert material that would otherwise be streamed to the landfill. These pallets can be easily reconfigured into a variety of useful objects, in this case deck modules, chairs, and planters, with very little expense, time, or additional material. Should needs change, or the initial arrangement not fit existing needs properly, SP3 is easily adapted. Due to the modularity of the system, the commonality of materials in the modules, and the ease of assembly, the layout can simply be reconfigured to suit.
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Ryerson Urban Planning
There are wavy benches as seats for large groups, as well as single tables on the on the other path. In the center, there is a large bench shaped like a square bracket. If possible, a patch of grass would be in the center for children to play.
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Jessica Walker, Gerald Karaguni
Porosity alludes to the existing permeability Wychwood Barns carries, in which light enters the building through slits of transparencies. Open on three sides, it acts as a vehicle for the sharing and distributing information. Moreover, it creates a threshold between the surrounding events of Wychwood Barns and the user through shared information. Porosity is articulated through a series of horizontally stacked wooden components, formed into a prism shape, slightly stepping onto the pedestrian way to attract curiosity. Seating is also incorporated inside the structure, allowing for a place of rest. This harmonious object is the result of a system which spaces the components, permitting bands of light and sightlines into and out of the kiosk. Fragmented solid components were incorporated in order for the placement of posters, site maps and event information for Wychwood Barns and the surrounding community. The sightlines created by the spaced components fashion a separation from the surrounding space and create a playful feature for users. Lights are placed between the framed components to illuminate the structure, grabbing the attention of visitors and highlighting the information being displayed.
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