Master of Architecture Students, Tiffany Tse and Ian Dayagbil, received the 2017 Ottawa Urban Design Award of Merit for their Student projects: Adapting Existing Parking Structures and Feedmill Innovation District Master Plan, respectively.
The Ottawa Urban Design Awards is a biennial awards program that celebrates projects built in the City of Ottawa that achieve urban design excellence. Student are invited to submit theoretical or studio project that specifically relates to Ottawa.
Adapting Existing Parking Structures
Tse’s project, Adapting Existing Parking Structures, proposes adaptive reuse solutions to underutilized parking structures in urban centers. Her project was selected because it is “an elegant proposition that is a good attempt to address a major urban issue” commented the jury.
Ottawa presently consists of an abundance of void lots and structures designated for public parking. In and around the downtown area, there are 70 lots, structures, and underground spaces that are dedicated for parking. While these spaces are being used during working hours, they serve no purpose during nights, weekends nor holidays. In addition, with the evolving changes in sustainability and technology, the need for parking spaces will gradually diminish. It is projected that due to several existing factors –for example, carpool apps such as Uber, the development of more efficient public transit, the emergence of the driver-less car and the encouragement for walking and biking –most cars will be on the road rather than parked. As a result, this offers much space that can be used for new architectural projects or adapted into other more serviceable uses. This project focuses on possible solutions to transform these parking structures for use as they become obsolete in order to maximize functionality. It develops an existing parking structure on Slater Street into a mixed-use development including public space, residential homes, a library, and a coffee shop. The intended goal is to suggest alternatives to turn these spaces into more functional, adaptable, and aesthetic pieces of the urban fabric.
Tiffany is currently in her second year of the Master of Architecture program at Carleton University, and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University. Tiffany has also worked at dkstudio architects inc., in Toronto for two years, where she further developed her understanding of the architectural field. She is especially interested in the exploration of materials in architecture as well as adaptive architecture.
Feedmill Innovation District Master Plan
The Feedmill Innovation District Master Plan project by Ian Dayagbil was recognized as “an elegant proposition and an interesting speculation of a master plan to integrate notions of infrastructure and sustainable streetscapes” according to the Jury. This project was part of Dayagbil winter 2017 Urbanism Studio work under the guidance of Professor Catherine Bonier.
Where does urbanism start? The Feedmill Innovation District is a suburban master plan whose scope spans across the regional, the neighborhood, and the street scale. Drawing upon techniques used in developing science fiction, the design explores and forecasts the urban impact of emerging technologies and social trends. The design argues for a practice of urbanism which engages multiple scales of intervention, between fictional and factual narratives, and weaves in questions of energy, responsibility, and power.
Ian Dayagbil is a fourth-year Urbanism major in the undergraduate architecture program. Academically, he is interested in the intersection of politics, design and technology. More specifically in the production of energy and the management of power in the city. He has worked as a summer student at the GNWT Department of Transportation and at the NWT Housing Corporation.
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