April 21, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – Toronto Mayor David Miller and OCAD President Sara Diamond recently announced the winners of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD0 Gateway Bike Stand Challenge, a student design competition to create bike stands for the redevelopment of the property at 226 Queen Street West, the “gateway” to the Queen Street West neighbourhood to the west and the McCaul Street art corridor to the north.
The winners are:
First Place ($6,000) :
Justin Rosete (second-year Industrial Design) and Erica Mach (second-year Drawing & Painting)
Second Place ($3,000):
Kelli EV Hui (second-year Industrial Design) and Olivier Mayrand (second-year Industrial Design)
Third Place ($2,000):
Jaeho Shin (third-year Graphic Design) and Jihoon Lee (fourth-year Advertising)
Fourth Place ($1,000):
Adam Kereliuk (third-year Industrial Design)
Fifth Place ($1,000):
Michael Pham (second-year Environmental Design)
Rosete and Mach’s first-place design will now proceed to development and implementation, with their bike stands built as part of the new building designed by architect Robert Chang.
“I’m incredibly proud of what these students have done and that this work will stand as a testament to the tremendous wealth of talent we have in Toronto,” said Mayor Miller. “Their designs are not only representative of the general excellence coming out of OCAD, they will make a real and positive difference in beautifying the city’s public realm.”
“Part of our university’s design philosophy is to create objects, environments and experiences that nurture community, satisfy needs and empower individuals “” and I think the imaginative and innovative designs produced by our students embody all of these qualities,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “Through community-based competitions like the Gateway Bike Stand Challenge, OCAD students are contributing to the enhancement of Toronto’s streetscape.”
The corner of McCaul Street and Queen Street West represents the intersection of two major corridors in downtown Toronto, stretching both north along McCaul Street to OCAD and the Art Gallery of Ontario and west along Queen Street West. Recognizing this, the owner and the architect of 226 Queen Street West are widening the sidewalk at this corner to create a gateway to these two important corridors, and to support the greening of Toronto by providing infrastructure for bicycle users.
OCAD students were challenged to consider how bicycle stands installed on the redeveloped property could be highly conceptual urban pedestrian sculpture, as well as functional. Thirty-five student teams submitted their designs; ten were shortlisted as finalists. The final ten designs were presented to a jury that included Lisa Rochon (architecture critic for The Globe and Mail), architect Robert Chang, Nancy Kendrew (part-owner of Urbane Cyclist), Bill Saundercook (Toronto City Councillor, Ward 13 “” Parkdale–High Park), Marc Glassman (owner of Pages Books & Magazines and member of the Queen Street West Business Improvement Area board of management), Bruce Hinds (Chair, Environmental Design, OCAD) and Colleen Reid (Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD).
About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.