BID projects – OCAD University

BID projects – OCAD University

Continuing our celebration of BID grad projects, we are excited to showcase the projects by the graduating students from ARIDO - recognized schools across Ontario on BLOG//ARIDO, and we're delighted to spotlight their achievements with both the ARIDO community and beyond.

Collaborating with these schools, ARIDO has curated a collection of fourth-year Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) student projects to feature on BLOG//ARIDO. We'll be unveiling these projects throughout May, June, and July, offering insights into the talent emerging from these institutions.

Batoll Nassery (Medal winner for the Environmental Design program) - The Creative Nexus Hub

Within the scope of varying disciplines, the adeptness of knowledge, skill and creativity can be
resourceful to other fields where dynamism in ideas can occur. The Creative Nexus Hub will
serve as a place to enrich ideas in art and design, sciences, social sciences and business by
furthering interdependent interactions. Through the incorporation of a new urban innovation hub
nested in the heart of Toronto, the education of students/young professionals amongst their
motivating start-ups is supported through a transdisciplinary manner. With this, the incentives of
on-site housing and required resources will be made accessible through public and private
funding interchanging a network of innovative urban solutions. This urban innovation hub
promises a decree of prosperity for Toronto whilst addressing and facing stagnant social and
economic issues holistically.

Royce Wong - Framing Don River

The Don Valley, as a natural ravine within Toronto's urban area, offers an ecological space for humans to relax and alleviate daily pressures.
However, the one-way trail system has led to a lack of accessibility and insufficient resting spots, limiting opportunities for people to further observe nature.
This proposal includes the construction of four bridges to enhance trail circulation and accessibility, while also framing the beautiful natural views of the Don River. Each bridge is uniquely designed to provide a distinct experience, connecting people to the river in various ways. Enabling the offering of educational and transformative experiences aims to motivate people to truly feel synchronized with nature and benefit from stress detoxication.

Sanya Mathur - Toronto Institute for Epilepsy

Crafting an Advanced Epilepsy Research Institute and Treatment Center for Young Adults: Fostering Wellness and Awareness through Comprehensive Architectural Strategies. This thesis project delves into designing an epilepsy research institute and treatment center, aiming to advance applied research in epilepsy and cognitive neuroscience. Furthermore, the project endeavors to breathe new life into a neglected heritage building, seamlessly incorporating it into the design to serve as the cornerstone of the research and treatment center.
The initiative seeks to enhance the well-being and dignity of individuals affected by epilepsy while raising awareness and providing education about the condition. By integrating research-driven interventions informed by neuroscience in architecture, the goal is to create a therapeutic environment conducive to recovery, healing, and overall improvement in patients’ quality of life. This initiative demonstrates the transformative potential of architecture in enhancing research, recovery, and the well-being of patients, empowering them to manage their epilepsy condition adeptly.

Yingtong Li - Student Residence in Chinatown

As we walk towards Chinatown, we can tell the unique culture identity is fading away. As the north side of the city, like Markham and North York, the city has more opportunities for development. The soul of Chinatown, the Family Associations, have gradually moved towards north. Developers are demolishing the original buildings that owned by these associations. They also start to build luxury condo with the same typical style which cause the lost of the culture identity.
As the new condo buildings were built, rents were increased, making them unaffordable for students who really needed them. The thesis is for all the family Associations to remain in Chinatown as well as to ease the serious housing problem in downtown Toronto. The Family Associations would offer properties they own and add additional space to the property with basic utilities. These new rooms providing affordable housing for students and would also provide an additional income for the Family Association to remain in its original location as an important part of Chinatown's history.

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