Cultural Sustainability (F20)

ARCH-4016 – Cultural Sustainability – Fall 2019 
This course examines a series of case studies, texts and architectural works that aims at understanding and supporting the cultural and social dimensions embedded in the built environment. Through research and a reflection on their work during the previous years of design school, students are invited to think critically about the values embedded in design, the consequences for the practices, knowledge and livelihoods of users and communities globally, as well as the different roles of architects in society.

Course taught by Emilie Pinard. 

ASG-1 - Public Space Evaluation

Public spaces and city parks have always been valuable assets to communities, and during the pandemic these spaces are playing an even more important role to many. This assignment focused on learning from existing buildings and urban projects (evidence-based design) as an important tool for the design of a built environment that better fits the needs of clients, users, wider society and the environment. In groups of three, students conducted the observation of three public spaces and proceeded to a comparative evaluation of their performance, through specific research topics. The results, presented in two reports, were summarized in a website.

You will find below excerpt images from the student websites, as well as links to the full websites. 

The studied public spaces are Aarey Bhaskar, Twin Fork, and Bell Park, by Jonathan Kabumbe, Muskan Goel, and Thomas Vanderkruk.

The studied space is David Crombley Park, by Reese Babcock, Lejla Sejdinovic, and Liam Bursey.

The studied spaces are Port Credit Memorial Park, St.Lawrence Park, and JC Saddington Park, by Tavleen Mann, Jessica Tandazo, and Cassandra Young.

The studied spaces are Memorial Park and Tom Davies Square, by Nick Irvine, Harrison Lane, and Brett Walter.

The studied spaces are Tim Hortons Parking Lots, by Brook-Lynn Roy, Catherine Daigle, and Casey Ouellette.