Official selection for Come up to my Room 2014
BRIEF Design and build a chair for a chosen client (Dr Seuss); analyze reactions, columns, beams, joints, etc..
For ARCH 365 at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, taught by Elizabeth English, I was tasked with designing and building a chair for the client of my choice.
I worked alone and built a stool for Dr Seuss.
This presentation booklet includes background information on the client, documents the construction process and built chair, and shows all of the math that went into it – cost, weight, reactions, centre of gravity, overturning, column and beam analyses, and joint studies.
And it’s written in rhyme.
Official selection for University of Waterloo School of Architecture Year In Review exhibition
BRIEF Re-vision the Toronto Island Airport as a new public space for Downtown Toronto
For my final third-year studio project at the Waterloo School of Architecture, I was tasked with revisioning the Toronto Island Airport (AKA Billy Bishop Airport, City Centre Airport). The idea was to create a new public space for Toronto. The idea was to involve our first two studio projects, a narrative video presentation and an installation – my video was a story combining the words shopping, porch, and riparian zone, while my installation was called Squirrel Club (combining the words squirrel and void), for which Eveline Lam and I gave everyone a mask that took away part of their vision and had them run around imitating squirrels, or playing. This is what I came up with:
I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and something that always amazed me about living there was the almost immediate access to endless recreational opportunities. Stanley Park is a thousand-acre public park in the heart of downtown, Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress Mountains are all a twenty minute drive, False Creek, the Burrard Inlet, and the Pacific Ocean are all right there, and there’s twenty-eight community centres in the city of Vancouver alone. You can just go out and play anytime you want.
This is something that’s always been missing from my time spent in Toronto. Toronto has all this untapped potential to create something similar along its waterfront, particularly at the Island Airport. My proposal is sort of a re-creation of this: a central location, a headquarters, for playing for the hundred thousand people living on the waterfront, and a destination for the Greater Toronto Area’s some 5 million people.
This can be done in 5 steps. 1: the Realization that something like this is both possible and needed. 2: Excavation: Billy Bishop Airport has existed on the island since the thirties, and in that time has been home to a variety of uses. Plane fuelling, plane repair, and general plane usage has led to the earth below becoming, essentially, a contained toxic mess. My proposal is to excavate the entire toxic area. 3: Remediation: all of the material excavated is cleaned on site, on Remediation Island. The island becomes the epicentre for the project, without it, nothing else can happen. Doing this all on site eliminates the need to truck or boat the material elsewhere, and having the island viewable by the public allows current and future users to see exactly how Toronto’s new public park is created (or recreated), and creates a precedent for similar projects all over the world to do the same. 4: Creation: the excavated areas become canals, from runways to waterways, and the negative space between them becomes thirteen new islands. On each island is placed a piece of recreational activity, hockey rinks, lacrosse fields, baseball diamonds, beach volleyball courts, etc. and the canals become a new and interesting method of exploring the park – by rented canoes, kayaks, and rowboats in the summer, and by skates in the winter. 5: Connection: The proposed waterways are connected to Lake Ontario and Toronto Harbour after remediation is completed. Cycling paths become linked to the existing cycling network around Lake Ontario’s waterfront, and walking and multi-use paths are connected to Downtown Toronto through the (by-then) existing pedestrian tunnel under the western gap. The Hanlan’s Point ferry terminal remains and a new ferry link to the Ex is created.
In this way, a place for Toronto to ‘come out and play’ is created.
EXCAVATION + REMEDIATION:
Including the runways, taxi-ways, gates, and fuelling areas, and extending 5m on either side of each, there is 321 050 square metres of area to be excavated. Excavating to a depth of 5m, that means 1 605 256 cubic metres of material to be remediated. A 3m depth is to be returned to the base of the canals (963 154 cubic metres), leaving 642 102 cubic metres to create topography throughout certain islands. Considering that one set of machinery (digger, hauler, conveyor, cleaner) can clean up to 100 metric tonnes in an hour, and 4 sets of machines can operate at any given time on Remediation Island, that makes for approximately 2400 tonnes each day. Considering the density of pavement, concrete, grass, topsoil, and the earth below all of that, there is about 1.2 million metric tonnes of material to be remediated. 4 machines doing a total of 2400 tonnes/day, working 225 thousand days/year, means a total of about three years from start to finish to remediate the entire site. A 10 year phasing plan is realistic, assuming a toxicity rate similar to airports operating from the same time period.
Once remediation is complete, Remediation Island, once the epicentre of this massive construction and conversion project, is decommissioned and become the epicentre of the park: a place for public art installations and gatherings.
Finalist for the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards
BRIEF Be a kid again; imagine.
Never Forget to Play is a series of images promoting the use of imagination. I did this completely on my own, mostly for fun. Here’s why: I hated growing up. Still do. And I suppose I still haven’t. When I was a kid, I was always that one playing with a piece of paper in the corner. To most it was exactly that, just a kid playing with a piece of paper. But to me, that paper was an old-time war plane; my blocks were the Eifel Tower; my slide was a roller coaster; and my keyboard was a grand piano. I’m part of the last generation that grew up without smartphones, Playstations, and iPads; I grew up with sticks and legos and big wheels – what was I supposed to do, but imagine?
BRIEF Reinvent the way people, tourists and locals alike, travel around British Columbia.
A side project I worked on for a few months, this map simplifies travel around the province. The map isn’t entirely geographically accurate for design and simplification purposes, much like the classic London Tube Map on which the design is based. I drew inspiration from that while I was living in London last winter. I’m currently working on mapping Alberta and Saskatchewan, and eventually the rest of Canada.
Winner - Best of Year D&AD Student Awards 2013, branding
BRIEF Create a brand from scratch. Launch a new lifestyle brand that will hold Nissan’s complete range of sustainable products.
How does someone save the world if they haven’t seen it?
Nissan Adventure Time aims to change the way people think about their vehicles; it’s no longer about just getting from point A to point B, it’s about seeing what’s in between.
Nissan Adventure time isn’t just a new range of hybrid vehicles, it’s an entire new lineup that will bring the company into the sustainable age, appealing to a new audience, bringing positive lifestyle statements and technologically integrated products to life. The Adventure Time lineup includes a whole range of human-powered adventure equipment: canoes, kayaks, snowboards, skis, windsurf boards, camping equipment, and more. The possibilities are endless.
The Nissan Adventure Agent app ties all these together. Available on your smart phone as well as the removable tablet, built-in to new Nissans, the Adventure Agent offers a GPS with topographic maps and trail info, tips from fellow travelers, a planner, weather forecasts, and a marketplace where users can buy, sell, and trade with other local users.
It’s time to see the world. It’s time to save the world.
Brief: Reposition the National Trust away from its current perceived image; make it relevant to the modern visitor. Put the Trust firmly at the center of a drive to re-establish the importance of place in our lives. Create an integrated campaign that makes their brand stand for a positive impact on people’s relationship with nature and beauty, forever.
The medium is the message. People spend too much time on their phones, so why not have their phone tell them to unplug?
Unplugged is an ad campaign in tube stations, on buses, at bus stops, that simply, cleanly, and calmly tells the audience exactly how to get outside and explore a National Trust site.
The Unplugged site is exactly the same. No frills, no gimmicks, just directions and tips for getting unplugged. A story section gets the reader excited to unplug.
The Unplugged app detects when you've arrived at the destination National Trust site and asks you to unplug. Once you've done that, you only have access to your camera and your emergency calls. All incoming calls, texts and emails are blocked. All outgoing status updates, tweets, and snapchats can wait for later.
BRIEF: Develop a new typographic system for a local street paper that helps readers, sellers and the rest of the world see the connections between the familiar (the paper), the new (digital transactions and online media), and the very personal (the people who support themselves by selling the paper).
We want to change the way you read the paper and tell the story of where it came from.
When you buy a street paper, you help someone help themselves. For that person, their street paper is a way to get their life together. It’s a way to be seen and to be heard. It’s a way to find their bearings.
Bearings is a typeface that connects your world to theirs. It’s genuine, real, and dignified, yet not intrusive. Bearings is more accessible than traditional newspaper typography and is more translatable into new media: a print typeface designed for the web and a web face designed for print.
Bearings tells the story of the vendor. It’s a typeface that keeps their roots strong, yet shows how they’ve grown to become a self-employed and self-helping part of society.
Bearings comes in four weights (light, regular, semi-bold, and bold), as well as italics. Each of the 557 characters has been painstakingly crafted to read well in print and on screen, at any size and on any device.
Why is there such a disconnect between online and in-print news formats?
Over the past few years, newspapers have been making the move to new media. Easy-to use, online news sources are becoming familiar to people everywhere. So we’ve reverse-engineered the process, bringing the easily readable online format back to print.
Bearings goes hand-in-hand with this new typographic newspaper format to create a familiar and traditionally modern news-source that is a pleasure to read.
Don’t you just hate reading a few paragraphs and coming across a “Continued on page 65,” then flipping through the pages, searching for the rest of your article? This is common in most print media, but why? In our new format we’ve removed that. The three elements of an article - headline, photo, story - are shown straight away, in their entirety, and then repeated. No story breaks and no page flipping.