Humber students are breaking barriers by finding creative solutions in accessible and universal design.
Placing in three categories in this year’s BOUNDLESS: A Post-Secondary Design Challenge, hosted by the Design Exchange, Humber students received awards for four project submissions.
The students were recognized for creative solutions in all disciplines that are accessible to diverse communities regardless of their age or ability, without adaptation. This is the seventh event hosted by Design Exchange and encourages students to focus on bringing inclusive designs to public spaces such as parking, service counters, eating areas and more.
Connexus by Anushka Jadwani
SafeCross by Nancy Phan
Play4All by Cassandra Christman, Di En Kim, Michelle Zhou, Ekaterina Popova, and Alyssa Buada
Manata by Sean Platek, April Seekumar and Nick Praticante
The Design Exchange awarded three first place entries with $1,500; three second place entries with $1,000; and three third place entries with $500 respectively.
The projects were submitted by postsecondary schools across Ontario and were evaluated based on impact, creativity, presentation, understanding and realization of the goals of universal design.
From a device that eases a user in and out of a seat while providing comfort, to projection mapping crosswalks that aim to reduce the number of vehicular facilities and injuries, the winning concepts demonstrate how design can be a tool to create a more accessible future.
Last month, the students attended an awards ceremony where they celebrated their winning designs. The Honorable Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, and Hilary Scanlon of STIL Solutions were also in attendance and delivered a keynote address.
The students’ work will be showcased in an exhibit at the Design Exchange until July 1, 2019. They are also invited to attend a one-day mentorship program where they will learn from leaders in accessibility and design.
For more information, visit: https://www.dx.org/index.cfm?pagepath=Competitions/BOUNDLESS__Post_Secondary_Design_Challenge&id=58548