BID Projects – Georgian College

ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2021 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

Lauren Cully

This female sexual health pavilion – a proposed addition to Expo 2020 – aims to make women’s health an equal and visible part of human health education. By initiating the experience with a question – asking visitors to share their thoughts and questions related to the topic and visualizing those words embedded in the architecture, the structure forces the user to interact on a mental and physical level. The pavilion will have a staying power that inspires the viewer to reason, evaluate, reflect and take affirmative and assertive action in sharing their experiences while supporting the education of others in female sexual health.

Anastasiya Nesterenko

This project proposed the change of use of an existing church, located in the city of Barrie, into an innovative small-scale airport, connecting the past to the present and finding new ways to encourage community involvement and provide travel convenience, thus enhancing the social and cultural opportunities. 

The requirements of the project were to develop a primary (Small Scale Airport facility – mixed occupancy), sub (Paramedic station – D occupancy) and secondary (Veteran’s Affairs office – E occupancy) occupancies within an already existing building. A complex functional program was developed to include an appropriate change of use, as per the Ontario Building Code. The primary and sub occupancies were fully developed through a construction drawing process; the secondary occupancy was realized through written and verbal communication only and remained undeveloped. Total area of the proposed project was just over 4000 m2.  

The overall design approach was to bring positive, measurable change to both the communities in which airport will operate and to the facility itself, by encouraging community involvement through the presence of a Veteran’s Affairs support office, the use of materials native to the Simcoe region and sourcing local artists for pieces to be displayed throughout the facility.

Wilfreda Eisses

This project consisted of research and design of a pavilion concept for Expo 2020 Dubai with a theme to connect minds, build partnerships, and inspire ideas towards the world of tomorrow through knowledge and action. The objective was to design a pavilion that emulates and communicates a global issue in such a way as to inspire the viewer to reason, evaluate, reflect, and take action.

Essential considerations included an access focus incorporating circulation, movement, and exit, a relationship between form, content and message, use of universal symbols to ensure understanding and inspire action, and a design impact with a psychological connection for the participant. Inspired by the Bedouin tent; representing shelter, portability, preparedness for the future and hospitality, the connection to the selected issue of Access to Education is indicated through a raised tent flap becoming a door to possibilities and a future of increased potential for a student and their country.

The pavilion concept incorporated shade from the desert sun, cooling pools of water surrounding the exterior forming a circulation path, projected presentations and images on the interior panels, and touch screen stations around the perimeter. 

Bettina Scalone  

As an interior design student, I hope to positively influence people’s daily lives, offering them attractive, enjoyable, safe, and healthy interiors. Promoting positive experiences and efficiently meeting people’s needs are the starting point for designing the developed projects. 

The objective was to develop advanced space planning skills and design resolutions applicable to various dwelling types within mixed-use, multiple-level, high rise complexes and create and present deliverables to promote and market real estate.

For the project development, several skills were asked, such as: Investigate the proposed future of residential environments in high-rise structures and incorporate possible design options relevant to a built environment that supports high-density life.

Apply the creative process to the spatial development of interior dwellings. Relate perceptual differences in economic, gender and age parameters with innovative design approaches. Investigate emerging products and materiality to accommodate future design directions relevant to residential units.

BID Projects – Conestoga College

ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2021 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

Our House – Leah Lorentz

Up to 300,000 individuals face homelessness each year in Canada and this number will increase due to the pandemic. The current design of shelters detracts from the resident’s wellbeing and are unsafe. The Canadian Mental Health Association indicates suicide rates in this marginalized demographic are 40% higher and 100% [of individuals experiencing homelessness] have experienced trauma. This approach to a shelter addresses the underlying issues, assisting in rebuilding what trauma has taken away.

Our House is a trauma and psychologically informed design, providing a safe and stable home-like environment for those facing homelessness. This multi-functional interior seeks to inspire residents towards meaningful engagement and development through a carefully orchestrated social zoning of communal spaces that maintain occupant’s safety. 

As improved wellbeing is a priority, the centre will maintain physical and visual connections to nature through biophilic design principles. This approach creates long-term change that will rebuild purpose within communities that have a sense of being lost and forgotten. While this concept does not bring financial gain, it illustrates how Interior Design changes lives.

 Kitchener Public Library – Losang Nyima

The new branch of the Kitchener Public Library spaces encourages connectivity through its adjacency to ensure all spaces within the library will inspire and encourage users to interact with the local community. The interior space will be designed with flexibility to accommodate new technology, future expansion, and renovation.

Encouraged interaction will be acoustically controlled by grouping specific needs in various spaces, with consideration to interior materials, furnishings, and special needs to meet the necessary acoustic expectations to improve and provide acoustic control. This library design will incorporate Universal Design for Learning to have equitable access to library resources and accommodate people of all ages in a safe open-concept environment.

Bloom Birthing Center – Melissa Bagin

Bloom Birthing Center’s goal is to create and establish a safe, welcoming, and community environment, where women are able to have natural low-risk childbirths. The goal of this facility is to achieve optimal health and wellness for the whole community through culturally integrated care, education, and activities. 

Through evidence-based research, the implementation of biophilic, sensory, and therapeutic design will contribute to the overall mental and physical success individuals will have within the space. In order to ensure this success, spaces must reflect the research concepts of bound and binding environments, which contributes to how individuals interact and react with the interior environment. Since the comfort of the clients is of top priority, this cohesive design balance will establish a comfortable, relaxing, safe, and secure, environment for women and their families during prenatal and postnatal care.

The Museum of Diversity – Hope Braga

Museums today have expanded into places of informal learning, interactive exhibits, and spaces that set the stage for the local communities to inspire and communicate with one another. Museums are also constantly evaluating how they can encourage participation from everyone in the community, and because of this outreach, the museum has become a diverse place of people, values, and ideas. As such, museums should be designed to encourage and support this diversity, which can create a stronger community. Through my research I have come to understand that the built environment can have a direct impact on the human experience.

This design concept for re-envisioning THE MUSEUM is specifically focused on encouraging and supporting the diversity of its population within the community including a stronger sense of communication, understanding, and representation. This design concept evaluates how the design of public spaces can encourage diversity and how museums can better serve and connect their communities by developing more informal opportunities for their visitors to learn, interact and share ideas. This design concept also supports the well-being of both staff and visitors, creating an experience that fuels curiosity and a positive visitor experience. 

BID Projects: Yorkville University

ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2021 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

Projects by Yorkville University BID students have been organized into an online exhibition entitled, ‘Beyond Four Walls’. The spaces in this show address community, connection, homelessness, inter-generational living, among other pressing concerns in our society.

The entire show can be reviewed at the link below:

Humber College students become the educators with interior design service project

Interior design programs have all sorts of ways students learn about the field, and educating students on how deeply interior design impacts our lives each day. Recently, I spoke to Professor Zaiba Mian of Humber College about the service learning project her students led as part of their coursework for an Independent Study course, “Our students at Humber College are required to complete an independent study project in order to graduate. Initially, our Program Coordinator Kelly Gluck had wanted it to be a service learning project, to connect the students to community groups who wouldn’t normally have access to interior design.”

“Students have worked with church groups, shelters, women’s groups, and all kinds of local organizations. Because of the pandemic, we had to be a little more creative, normally, our students would go out and find their own project. They take a professional practice course in which they put a proposal together, and when it’s approved, they get to work on it.”

This year, a number of students had their proposals approved, but the pandemic threw a wrench into their plans, forcing students to regroup and find new partners. Mian put the call out to her network, “I reached out […] to Carl Oliver, who is former Associate Dean at Humber, who connected me with Pine Grove Public School, part of Halton District School Board, and another colleague who teaches grade one at a school in the Toronto District School Board.”

With their student groups sorted, groups of 2 to 3 Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) students each developed a workshop, held over two days, to educate the younger students on basic design concepts.

I also spoke to Danielle Narramore, a 4th year BID student who developed and led a workshop with Larissa Borys, for Pine Grove students in grade 8. For their first session they walked students through the interior design profession and the field, they addressed the differences between interior design and interior decorating and the types of jobs those who study interior design can pursue as a career.

They also gave students an overview of the principles of design, in order to prepare students for a model making workshop. Instead of issuing carte blanche for their model, the grade 8 students each picked a song, created a 2D design inspired by the song, and then made a 3D model inspired by their selection. Many selected top 40 music, but Danielle and Larissa also encouraged the group to think about songs in genres such as EDM, jazz, and other instrumental genres.

Two weeks later, Danielle and Larissa met with the grade 8 group again where the students presented their models, in a virtual mock critique, replicating how the BID students present their work to their peers. “We encouraged the students to use anything they had around the house, so many students re-used household items, some used flowers, some used lots of the same material experimenting with colour and pattern,” One student even created a compartment which would release confetti in their model.

The BID students also showed examples of their work and shared how demanding their post-secondary studies are, which prompted deeper questions from the younger groups, who are also dealing with their own virtual school and pandemic fatigue. Mian attests, “My students said it was interesting to be asked some really honest questions from younger students. The Grade 7 and 8 students are starting to think about their careers, and where they see themselves in the future.”

The experience has been inspiring for the Humber students as well, leaving Danielle with an interest in sharing her knowledge, “It was fulfilling to share and teach these students, which surprised me,” the experience was also a chance to sharpen their public speaking skills, “It challenged us to break down the concepts and think about how [interior design principles] can be communicated.”

Independent Study Poster Danielle Narramore Larissa Borys
Image by Danielle Narramore and Larissa Borys.

Mian agrees, “I think it’s meaningful for both parties, for our students and for the elementary students. They have an interest in design, and haven’t had a chance to see what’s involved, or hear about it. It’s a nice way to introduce these ideas a bit earlier. Ultimately, it was really successful all around.”

When hearing about this project, one can’t help but consider what the next version will look like, especially as we move more rapidly to the post-pandemic future. It seems clear many organizations will be reconsidering how they use their space and the incorporation of infection control procedures. Regardless of the service-learning project focus, keeping the format is worthwhile, “Our students benefit from sharing their knowledge” says Mian.

BID Projects – Humber College (Part 2)

ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2021 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

The Oasis (Centre) – Heather Manu

The Oasis is a special centre that offers social, educational, and mental health support for young adults with blood disorders such as Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia, and Hemophilia from The University Health Network of Toronto. It is located at 21 Ossington Avenue, a dynamic and lively area of Toronto with a close adjacency to The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH).

Throughout September 2020 to November 2020, a research study was conducted, which highlighted that there is a lack of awareness, funding, and support in Ontario for this group of individuals. The study also revealed that they experience unexpected pain episodes, organ damage, infections, strokes and bleeding, due to the nature of their condition. These experiences affect their social well-being, academic success, and mental health.

The Oasis forms a getaway experience for the users to escape the chaos from the complications of their condition. To design for resilience, biophilic design strategies such as natural daylighting, analogues of nature, and plants are integrated to promote clean air, increased blood circulation, red blood cell production, and mood enhancement. The Oasis is destined to help the users heal, learn, engage, and unite with the use of biophilia and art. To get the full experience, an art exhibition, social cafe, theatre, and several learning spaces are designed to ensure their needs are met.

Jessica Lynn Matthews

Sustainability Education Centre – Marko Micic

A sustainability consultant that I know was trying to get Humber River Hospital to incorporate a new advanced technology, without having seen or experienced it. The consultants brought the hospital directors to the Earth Rangers headquarters and had the CEO stand in an enthalpy wheel, an energy recovery device which promotes air circulation in buildings. The CEO ended up loving the product, even though they were all very unsure about it at first. They had to experience it, by seeing, touching, and feeling it in order to accept it. It isn’t until people see, touch, and feel technologies that they accept them. 

It ultimately reduces risk to the overall product due to the uncertainty factor of knowledge and understanding of how the product works. Homeowners may be resistant to new “high tech” products, so these positive experiences are necessary for people to explore and learn about new technologies and possibilities. First impressions in new spaces always decide whether or not a client will never forget it or regret it.

Co-learning Resource Centre for Design students in College and University – Nicola Klahre

For my Bachelor of Interior Design final thesis project, I have designed a Co-learning Resource Centre which is focused on enhancing interdisciplinary knowledge between design students in college and university. The facility’s main users would be design students in a wide variety of design programs, such as Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Landscape Design, Web Design, and Graphic Design. This space would encourage students to teach and learn from one another, and provide added resources to support their education. 

I have seen through my research that interdisciplinary experiences are lost due to the lack of overlap between different design programs in traditional design education. This proves the importance of why this type of space that focuses on collaboration, a non-structured learning typology, and uses organic learning strategies is required in design education. With the focus on evidence-based design, this Co-learning Resource Centre utilizes the research to encourage interaction between occupants to better the interdisciplinary learning outcome and overall user experience.

BID Projects: Humber College

ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2021 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

The Garden of Making – Andy Co

The Garden of Making is a makerspace that helps individuals manage their anxiety and stress. The goal of this project was to allow users to make and call it their ‘third place’. This ‘third place’ is a space where individuals can interact with people socially, exchange ideas, and be a part of a community while simultaneously participating in activities that utilize their hands to express their emotions to alleviate anxiety and stress. 

The central aim of this makerspace is to enhance the quality of life through making by unlocking the inherent creative potential in people as they transition from a stressful life to a happier and stress-free life. The concept for this makerspace is transition, which is explored two ways in this concept; first is a mental aspect as making can reduce anxiety and stress to enhance a person’s quality of life. Second, is the physical aspect as spaces can be created, connected, or divided through the change in level, change in material, and foldable and transparent partitions. Both forms have been incorporated into the design of this makerspace.

The East End Market Food Hall – Dakota Bongers

The East End Market Food Hall is a market food hall located at 415 Eastern Avenue, Riverside, Toronto. Through research, it was found that there is a loss of uniqueness in the cultural landscapes in which food retail and hospitality spaces reside due to the rise of commercialism, mass consumption, and the obsession with speed and movement. 

Because of this fast paced culture we live in, people are losing their connection to their food, not knowing where it is grown, how it is made, and who makes it. Thus the vision of the East End Market Food Hall is to become a place where the Riverside Community and surrounding local food communities can connect people, food, and place on a deeper level. 

Using the philosophies and methodologies of the Slow Food Movement, the East End Market Food Hall emphasizes the importance of locality and preservation of food tradition and knowledge to develop and further connect the Riverside community.

Halcyon Stays – Fraida Brogna

Halcyon Stays is a luxury boutique hotel for business travellers which focuses on the wellbeing of its occupants. Business travel is a major cause of mental and physical illness and Halcyon Stays uses many specialized approaches to achieve wellness and reduce the stresses that come with travel.

Journey – Lily Donald

Journey is an LGBTQ2S+ lounge club and event space located in Toronto’s Queen Street West neighbourhood.  The venue gives queer individuals an inclusive and safe environment for self-expression and connection with others.  The design concept is the shell, inspired by the need for belonging and safe space, as a shell is a home and structure which protects those within.  The design emphasizes the arts, culture, and history of the queer community within Toronto which fosters a sense of belonging and community.  

Connex Boutique Hotel – Cassandra Brown

The Connex Boutique Hotel was designed to limit the spread of viral transmittable diseases. The thesis topic was inspired by the global pandemic COVID-19. I believe that implementing touchless amenities to create a contactless design environment will not only better employees or guests of hotels but adapt the space to our new way of life. 

As technology is always advancing, it’s practical to design with technology rather than integrate it after. The space connects guests through the use of mechanical devices to limit the spread of viral transmissible diseases through an integrated contactless space that is connected with touchless amenities such as voice control and touchless activated systems. 

These views show how guests will interact within different spaces through the use of mechanical devices, interactive amenities, antimicrobial & antibacterial materials. An  app lets guests control the thermostat, lighting, entry access, and a smart TV in their room. Public spaces such as the lobby and lounge feature a balanced level of human interaction and technology where guests can choose to interact in the manner which they are most comfortable.

BID Projects 2021: Ryerson University

ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2021 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

Daniela Bautista

Using the KUKA 150 industrial robotic arm and custom end of arm tooling, this project is about the exploration of 3D printing on the same plane and letting the extrusion material fall onto a constructed substrate. The final interior object created will consist of a light fixture. The exploration will be done through the study of intersecting linear and radial grids that inform each other. The linear grid will inform the rectilinear volume of the substrate that the extrusion PLA material will fall onto, and the radial grid will inform the extrusion path of the robot.

Dayan Afshari

This exhibit is inspired by the concept and articulation of labyrinthian design. This space serves to showcase the eclectic and lively collections created by Gianni Versace throughout the years,  whilst encapsulating  users within a six planed labyrinth dimension. The illusionary element of reflection is used in order to strip visitors away from their understanding of way finding, and further away from their preconceived notions of gallery etiquette.

Diane Rodrigues

High Park’s Community Support Centre is a place for Torontonians of all backgrounds to enjoy and interact, forging social connections and relationships while decreasing loneliness among those who feel isolated. By providing resources that facilitate the process of integration into society, this proposal fosters a change in emphasis in social policy towards the integration rather than the separation of immigration communities. The program supports unplanned activities along with literacy night classes for new immigrants and parent-child reading interventions that assist in closing the gap in performance of children from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Jessica Tam

Dream derived from the art movement of Surrealism and Metaphysical Paintings. Dream draws from the unconsciousness, the world of dreams, desires and imagination. By using lighting, juxtaposition, linear perspectives, dislocation, transformation, and symbolic objects, a space of reflection, relaxation and interpretation was created. Dream island is intimate and freeing in such capturing the essence of one’s mind and soul.

Laura Trinchini

This proposed Wellness Centre imparts the concept of healing to any individual in need. In close proximity to some of Toronto’s top hospitals, and frontline workers of the Covid-19 pandemic, 826 Yonge Street’s program is divided across four floors that contribute to the cleansing of one’s mind, body, and soul. Through actions such as light + art therapy, yoga, and meditation, patrons are guided through a natural setting; lending the definition of ‘centric’, to the introspective nature of meditation. Complete with circular motifs, the journey across each floor is the anchor of the design concept; creating a lasting experience of connectivity across all measures of sacred action and healing.

BID Projects 2021: Sheridan College

ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2021 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

Pakistani Canadian Cultural Centre – Anosha Tariq

The Pakistani Canadian Cultural Centre is a proposed design for a cultural community centre for immigrants. The concept explores the different layers of how this facility can foster connection. The first layer is the connection of people with each other, the second is people with the culture, and another is people with learning new skills. 

The floor plan is divided to include two distinct zones, one to learn and the other to be social. The facility is equipped with a hustling social area, home to the main gathering hall, social café, lounges as well as a gallery. The learning zone contains flexible classroom spaces, library, computer lab, seating area, a language, and job counselling office. Accessibility is addressed with a wayfinding kiosk while a mindful/prayer room accommodates religious needs.

The Nest Centre – Brian Khair

Music therapy is an often overlooked treatment method for stress-related illnesses in all generations, especially youth. The goals of the space is to encourage youth to utilize therapy for treatment, offer professionally-developed and personalized therapeutic treatment methods to comply with each patient’s musical preference, and provide a comfortable and trusting environment for patients.

“Farm-Cycle” Sustainable Learning and Experience Center for Children – Chris Lee

The design intent is to create a biophilic space that maximizes children’s curiosity in an educational environment which blends nature with cutting-edge technology.

The centre offers special programs for children with diverse learning styles. It will also maintain strong links to local communities through the farmers market and bicycle service bars. Two major in-depth workshops, vertical farming and worm farming, will support the farmers market with fresh organic products. To encourage the use of bicycles, ‘farm cash’ will be accumulated for cyclists.

Aloe Vera Care – Dementia Care Community – Joseph Anthony Fraschini

Aloe Vera Care is a community for individuals living with dementia providing patients with programs, services, events, and daily activities.  Aloe Vera Care also hosts classes and workshops to teach staff and family members techniques on caring for individuals with dementia, to preserve their quality of life and stoke a sense of purpose and meaning.

The space supports clinical services, therapeutic services, nutritional services, as well as socials and events for clients to promote social interaction for patients.

Vitality Care Centre – Laura Dodaro

Vitality Care is a day program for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers. Vitality Care assists those coping with memory loss to create and maintain a lifestyle surrounded by positive mental, physical and social health. The presented renderings show the design of two key areas – the dining room, and the activity room. These areas were selected as they demonstrate the gathering of a community that becomes stronger and healthier through activity and socialization.

Header image also by Laura Dodaro.

Ryerson University BID Projects

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Bachelor of Interior Design graduation shows and events have been cancelled. ARIDO would like to celebrate the class of 2020 from Ontario ARIDO-recognized schools and ensure their work is appreciated. ARIDO has worked with these schools to promote a selection of 4th year BID student work on BLOG//ARIDO and will be posting the work each Wednesday during the coming weeks.

Archive 2020 showcases a collection of studio work produced by the Ryerson School of Interior Design’s Graduating Class of 2020. It honours their journeys as students and their ability to overcome unique challenges, find their creative voices, and become emerging designers. It inscribes their time within history and announces a new beginning in the design narrative. The digital publication is below.