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Making for Placemaking

Wed, Apr 3/19 – 1:00am to Sun, Apr 7/19 – 5:00pm

West Toronto Railpath - North of the Dundas West Bridge at the Sterling Road Entrance

April 3-7, Daniels Faculty graduate students in Victoria Taylor's LAN2203 elective "Landscape Architecture Topics: Prototyping for Placemaking" will exhibit 5 site-specific activations along the West Toronto Railpath, where the path connects to the proposed railpath extension.

Collectively, the works draw attention to the ecologies and industrial character of this dynamic linear landscape and invite the public to consider new ways to understand and experience this public space.

How do our needs for light, rest, shade, privacy, social interaction, and beauty translate into an artistic experience of place. How might elements designed for public use blur the lines between landscape design, public infrastructure, community engagement, and public art? Five projects explore materiality, process and form to bring new energy to an unused space along the path.

Projects include:

Amplified, by Hillary DeWildt, Likun Liu, and Bonnie Tung
The WTR has always offered opportunities to encounter strangers, yet while we may occupy a common space, our experiences often remain solitary. The need for shared physical experiences on the railbapth is paramount and Amplified offers a means to take part in these experiences. We encourage people to engage with the piece and experience the heightened sounds of the railpath and of one another.

Loopy, by Diana Franco Camacho, Hakima Hoseni, and Isaac Neufeld
The continuous series of loops speak about the past, present, and the future of the WTR. The use of rebar connects the user to the site's industrial past while the form acts as bike infrastructure, a planting structure, and a gateway signifying a portal to the future.

Spring Rhythm, by Cornel Campbell, Sarvin Khosravi, and Neda Nassiri Toosi
Spring Rhythm is an interpretation of seasonal change. There is a rhythm in the way Winter dissolves into Spring, and snow into blooms (monochrome into colour). A rhythm interpreted as the quiet winter awakens to the season of growth and change.

Gradient and interweave, by Ruoyu (Krystina) Li and Shuje (Gloria) Zhang
The idea comes from how water and plants are "folded" in different seasons and how the public participates in public art. By controlling different variables, including the width of stands, the density of threads, the size and spatial relationship aong keys becomes a metaphor for the gradual change of melting ice an ddiverse layers of vegetation. Visitors are welcome to attach their keys to the installation.

Inflorescence by Ressha Morar and Neil Philips
The inspiration behind inflorescence is two-fold. Inspired by both native grasses rooted adjacent to the site and by the site's dark night time conditions, Inflorescence strives to capture and emulate the movement and profile of the grasses while also creating a subtle illumination the draws attention to the understated site.