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Socially Sustainable Development in Toronto

Dates: July 5, 2019 – July 27, 2019

Location: Humber North Campus

This course aims to identify and provide solutions for socially sustainable development in Toronto. Students will work in groups and will be given specific under-utilized sites in Downtown Toronto. Through research of precedents that have occurred in Toronto as well as other cities, students will analyze their current site condition and identify possibilities for socially responsible urban intensification and place-making. Students complete a series of urban explorations employing various methods of documentation such as photo documentary, film, oral presentations, mapping exercises, drawings and concept models. The course will have a reading list that consists of academic sources as well as practical documents created by experts in the field.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Collaborate in a team environment to produce a conceptual urban design project;
  2. Exhibit self-motivation and ability to manage a team;
  3. Develop a proposal for a design project, define a scope and provide measurable outcomes for a given context;
  4. Create a project schedule and timeline for a 45-hour architectural project;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to showcase the project using social media, video, drawings, and diagrams;
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in visual, oral and written communication skills;
  7. Evaluate architectural projects via mentorship, peer-review and faculty critique during presentations;
  8. Apply industry standard CAD and BIM software to translate two and three dimensional tectonics;
  9. Apply industry standard software to visually communicate a design intention;
  10. Apply digital fabrication methods to physically demonstrate a design intention.