Archive for: Design + Strategy

International Design Charrettes

Title: Sustainable Cities of the Future Charrette; Main Streets of Markham Charrette; Creative Convergence Hubs Charrette
Project Scope: Three international design charrettes to support the work of students in the City Systems – Edge Cities project.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Collaborators: Students from George Brown School of Design (StudioLab, Game Design), Architectural Technology; Politecnico di Milano; KEA, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology; L’Ecole de Communication Visuelle (France)

Summary:
A charrette is an intensive, collaborative process that brings together community members and professionals to develop innovative solutions for complex issues. Over a few short days of brainstorming, discussion and expert consultation, teams create a broad range of ideas around a central theme. Because users are involved at every stage of the problem solving process, the results are practical and meet community objectives comprehensively. Charrettes originated as a design process used by architects, urban planners and designers to bring together community members, developers and professionals, groups that often hold competing interests and agendas, to address complex projects such as neighbourhood planning, urban development and construction projects. By working together in a charrette, these groups are able to develop feasible solutions that meet everyone’s needs. The Institute without Boundaries hosted three charrettes during the 2011/2012 academic year to support the work of students in the City Systems – Edge Cities project. View all charrette results here.

 


Photography by Michelle Hotchin

Sustainable Cities of the Future Charrette

Date: October, 2011
Project Scope: The Sustainable Cities of the Future charrette asked participants to design digital tools to promote sustainable living for residents of Markham.
Team: Team One
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Participants: Liz Dougherty, Valery Prokhurovskiy, Jamie Verbrugge, Stephan Larsen, Andrew Lauder, Breanna Rawn, Miranda Bowland, Joyce Tan

Final Propsal:
ROUTED, an innovative community planning initiative that enables cyclists and drivers to form partnerships and take action on developing a state of the art cycling infrastructure in Markham. Routed taps into the power of the crowd by providing an application for cyclists in Markham to track their daily bike commutes and record problems such as potholes or dangerous intersections. This information is aggregated and sent to the city so that planners can have a clear picture of the needs of cyclists. The information is also made public through social media channels like twitter to apply public pressure on the city to take action. Commuters with an environmental conscience who drive to work and home everyday can join in on the action by signing up to “sponsor” stretches of road in Markham. Sponsors receive updates from cyclists and are encouraged to take action when problems arise. View the full charrette summary here.

 

Main Streets of Markham Charrette

Date: March, 2012
Project Scope: The Main Streets of Markham charrette asked participants to consider innovative new approaches to main street revitalization in along Markham’s arterial roads.
Team: Old Kennedy Road
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Participants: Hiu Chan, Jordan McCallum, Kimberlyn Lee Lei, Kristian Pal, Micheline Ferguson, Marianne Métairie, Matteo Casaburi, Natalie Pozzan, Stuart McPherson and Troels Kobberø.

Final Propsal:
Old Kennedy Road Revitalization: The project envisions a sustainable main street that reflects community diversity in the built form, creates spaces for connection and exchange, invites discovery and learning. It is a living laboratory of urban transformation that is community driven and self-sustaining and a geography of place starting not from retail, but from real human connection. View charrette results here.

 

 

Creative Convergence Hubs Charrette

Date: April, 2012
Project Scope: The Creative Convergence Hubs charrette asked participants to design innovation hubs to develop and nurture the creative sector in Markham
Team: Enterprise and Main Street, Team Yello
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Participants: Ashely Vigilante, Jessa Sy, Walter Batori, Courtney Richard, Kurtis Eckensweiler, Cordero Wingerter, Sony Pereira, Massimilliano D’Arcangelo, Esteban Came, Winnie Chan, Hley Vacirca, Andrew Wallace and Melanie Gaspar.

View charrette results here.

 


Photography by Michelle Hotchin

Toronto IDS12 Exhibit – (Sub)Urban: This is Where You Live

Title: (Sub)Urban: This is Where You Live
Project Scope: Communications Design, Presented at the 2012 Toronto Interior Design Show
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Concept development; Exhibit production; Exhibit launch/opening party organizer
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
At the 2012 Interior Design Show we used the trade show floor to explore the notion that the lines between the urban and suburban were blurring. Using the common language of the supermarket, we designed mock-ups of grocery products, large format sale signs and receipts all as mediums to communicate ‘urban moments’ that captured the essence: This Is Where You Live. The exhibit presented at the 2012 Toronto Interior Design Show was in fact a refined version of an even earlier communications and exhibit design project that we had developed earlier in the year.

1-3 Photography by Michelle Hotchin; 4. Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez; 5-7 Photography by Michelle Hotchin; 8-10 Schematic plans by Matt Carreau.

Green Street Infrastructure

Title: Green Street Infrastructure
Project Scope: A design proposal for sustainable street infrastructure and landscaping where the Rouge River Valley intersects Highway 7 in Markham. Submitted as a final project at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Lead concept development, design
Advisors: Susan Speigel, Fiona Lim Tung

Summary:
Design Challenge: The woodlands and waterways that make up Markham’s Natural Heritage Network are poorly integrated into the surrounding urban fabric. Residential and commercial developments, parking lots and roads impede the natural flow of rivers and creeks or cover them up entirely. Ecologically unsound building methods have created a hard urban edge that allows the runoff of pollutants to enter this fragile ecosystem.

The Concept: This proposal conceives a design intervention where the Rouge River intersects Highway Seven between Rodick Rd. and Fairburn Drive that will demonstrate sustainable infrastructure and landscaping methods that can be used to “soften” the urban edge. The design seeks to:
1. Use design and landscaping to highlight and draw attention to Markham’s Natural Heritage Network
2. Create access points to the NHN from the street and residential areas
3. Integrate new infrastructure that is sustainable into the design of the road, shoulder and sidewalks

Live/Work Infill Housing

Title: Live/Work Infill Housing
Project Scope: Final project submitted for the Environmental Design module, Institute without Boundaries
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Lead concept development, design
Advisors: Susan Lewin, Richard Witt

Summary:
Design Challenge: Design a single-occupant house for the back of a small suburban residential plot. The house should be sensitive to its environment: this means incorporating sustainable materials and design specifications such as passive solar heating; it also means designing a building that extends beyond the property line to engage the street and sidewalk.

Wayfinding System for Cyclists

Title: Wayfinding System for Cyclists
Project Scope: A wayfinding map and kiosk system designed to help cyclists navigate Markham. A design concept developed and presented as part of the Product Design module at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary: The Product Design module at the Institute without Boundaries challenged students to design products, street furniture, and infrastructure to help enhance the public realm along Markham’s Highway 7. After several weeks of conducting field research on Highway 7, students identified a number of strategic principles and values to guide the design process. Students divided into groups of two and created product design proposals that responded to these principles. My partner, Nikki Shih and I, focused on wayfinding, identity, technology, and information. Our design proposal sought to create a wayfinding system for cyclists in Markham.

1. Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez; 2. Sketches by Nikki Shih, Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez; 3. Sketches by Matt Carreau; 4. Map illustration by Matt Carreau; 5-6. Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez.

Major Research Project

Title: Major Research Project
Project Scope: A summary of design research insights gathered by students in the first semester at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Contributing writer
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
The 2012 City Systems team proposed a forward looking strategy its client partner the Town of Markham. Students proposed COLAB, a laboratory for inter-departmental collaboration and problem solving within the municipality. COLAB draws on the resources of the municipality, the dynamism of the private sector and the wisdom of the community to research, design, develop and prototype innovative solutions for 21st century urban challenges. In this proposal, students demonstrate the usefulness and suitability of change labs for confronting complex urban-scale issues by highlighting the year’s work, explaining the key insights that lead to this proposal, and outlining the requirements, processes and strategies necessary to establish COLAB within Markham. Two case studies are presented as models illustrating how a functioning COLAB would use design innovation to tackle small and large scale main street revitalization.