DWELL: Student Housing as Campus Renewal
12 – 23 January, 2018
Exhibition Reception: Friday, January 12, 2018 @5:00PM
Paul H. Cocker Gallery
The Collaborative Exercise is an annual four-day charrette and an integral part of the DAS curriculum; it includes a kick-off presentation, pin-ups, critiques with guest architects and developers, a field trip to two recently completed residences – Campus One and Parkside. The last day of the event will include a juried competition, and gallery exhibition of 30 posters and the giant 1:150 scale campus model with the student housing “interventions.” The four-day event brings together 450 graduate and undergraduate students from the entire program, faculty plus sessional instructors and visiting experts such as Donald Schmitt and Shelagh McCartney. Thirty teams of 15 students working on 15 sites will use their creativity and design skills to brainstorm ideas to improve the appearance, collegiality and identity of the campus while increasing the availability of affordable student housing options. Under-utilized buildings and sites within the campus will be “perched,” “poached,” and “hacked”; a giant 11′ x12′ model of Ryerson University campus is used as a base for the experiments. DWELL (2018) continues in the tradition of past Collaborative Exercises, which addressed a number of important topics related to architectural issues and of public interest.
These sites within the immediate campus precinct were selected because they are either underdeveloped, inappropriately developed, or have potentially obsolete programme (i.e. parking garage, library book storage, Cineplex etc., big box retail, etc.). Students will design to both improve the quality of the public space and architecture of the existing campus while positing a variety of affordable housing options. These mostly university-owned sites make them tenable for potentially affordable development.
This project is a great brainstorming exercise that asks students to be “Peer Student Researchers” and “activists” in imagining new forms of housing and alternative notions of construction and addition campus in this context and urgent scenario. Their work will form part of a funded study initiated by Toronto’s four Universities called StudentDwellTO that follows on StudentMoveTO http://www.studentmoveto.ca which similarly studied the mobility/transit crisis of this city.
These Universities with multiple campuses and approximately 185,000 students provide on-site campus housing for less than 9% of them. Ryerson itself has housing for less than 2% of all students. Including the College, there are more than 320,000 students competing for housing across the GTA. StudentMoveTO identified the dire need for affordable student housing units close to campus as rapidly increasing population density and transit problems in Toronto continue to exacerbate the situation. Students spending inordinate amounts of time commuting to distant family homes not only lose time to study but also miss out on the social interaction and extracurricular activities that define University and College life. Both our students and campuses lose out by not having this socially connected and engaged community activating their campus and local communities 24/7.
Upon completion of this course students should be able to work collaboratively with a large team over a short deadline and learn how to organize a presentation for a competition format. Students are expected to develop strategies for the design for Student Housing which may be applicable as prototypes for other urban campuses. It is hoped that work from CEx18 will be used to inform the research of StudentDwellTO and form part of a larger study leading to the development of design standards and approaches for increasing the availability, quality and affordability of student housing.
The exhibition will display all 30 student housing “interventions” along with the 1:150 scale campus model, and will remain open until January 23rd 2018 (inclusive), during regular gallery hours.
Paul H. Cocker Gallery
325 Church Street
M-T 9am – 5:00pm, F 9am – 4:30pm (closed during the weekend)
For further information, please contact:
Communications and Digital & Analogue Archive Specialist
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
325 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
P: 416-979-5000, ext: 2597