The Design of Urban Infrastructure: The Mount Dennis Mobility Hub on the new Eglinton Avenue LRT
Instructor: George Baird
Location: Room 066
The subject of this Research Studio Option is the proposed new Mobility Hub to be located at Mount Dennis, at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue West and Weston Road, in north-west Toronto. The design challenge of the studio will be the design of a complex piece of urban infrastructure on a complex site, with appropriate relationships to the historic existing urban fabric adjacent.
The Eglinton LRT is already under construction, but work has not yet started on the Hub proposed to be established at Mount Dennis. Students will be responsible for the development of a complete architectural design of this important new piece of urban infrastructure in Toronto, and for the shaping of its urban design relationships to the adjacent neighbourhoods.
Jose de Churtichaga
Curatorial Operations, Collected Objects, Visual Rhetorics
Instructor: Laura Miller
Location: Eric Arthur Gallery
Josemaria de Churtichaga
The Will to Form + The Institution
Instructor: John Shnier
Location: LWR Gallery
Does architecture have the final word? It is, as some would say, the most substantive and permanent resolution of cultural activity. Yet there are ephemeral practices---art, music and literature for example---through which ideas live on; timeless ideas. The late historian Sir Kenneth Clarke famously defined civilization as the quest for “a sense of permanence…”
Nothing lasts forever, so they say, yet it is in our nature to resist our own impermanence. We build monuments towards leaving a lasting legacy. Do we have to choose between permanent and the fleeting? Can our work be both lasting and fleeting. Can our work manifest a paradox?
Resiliency, Architecture, and Health
Instructor: Stephen Verderber
Location: Room 106
Forty years after the term “engineered resilience” was first put forth, this concept is being explored across a wide range of disciplines. Originating in ecological science in 1973, C.S. Holling first defined resilience as the measure of a system’s ability to rebound to its pre-altered operational integrity after having sustained a sudden shock. The Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, subsequent Daiichi nuclear reactor crisis, and the recent Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines underscore the global ramifications of sudden catastrophic disruptions—acts of nature, terrorism—we will likely be required to endure in the 21st century.
The principal objective is for each student to master the terms resilience (and its antithesis), regeneration, and rehabilitation, and to adroitly distinguish between and across these concepts in architecture and health, and beyond, together with comprehending and applying these with fluidity in pre-design and design phases throughout the term.