Year End Show

For our inaugural online exhibition, the Ryerson Department of Architectural Science showcased our 2020 Year End Show, featuring our best student work. At DAS, we encourage students to test boundaries, explore new possibilities, and apply their skill to prevailing issues present within their evolving surroundings. This annual exhibition presented the culmination of the 2019-2020 academic term, showcasing the impressive and cutting-edge works of our top students in all four years of study and at the graduate level.

        Communications Studio: ASC 101
        City Stories: ASC 201
        Design Studio II: ASC 301
        Design Studio III: ASC 401
        Integration Studio I: ASC 520
        Integration Studio II: ASC 620

        Architecture Studio: ARC 720
        Architecture Studio: ARC 820

        Building Science Studio I: BSC 720
        Building Science Studio II: BSC 820

        Studio in Critical Practice: AR8101
        Seminar in Critical Practice: AR8102
        Studio in Collaborative Practice: AR8103

        Building Design Seminar/Studio: BL8104

Idea Exchange —  

Idea Exchange is a comprehensive design project for a large district library for 4 site options on Queen St. W. Parkdale. The library stands as a gateway for the neighbouring communities to exchange ideas. Fluid circulation animates the ground floors as a community center, whereas above holds the main library stacks. The form accentuates unique moments found between the stacks of the library. The idea exchange evolved from the ‘library’ to become more than just a place that houses information; it has become a collaborative space where users can simultaneously learn and create.

In a library today, the constant flow of information shared not only from books, but also from digital mediums of our technological era.

Moreover, the increase of information inspires an application for the knowledge, whether through creation, presentation, or conversation. Thus, the renovation of the library typology is much needed to fit the ever growing minds of humanity. The inclusion of a gateway library on Queen Street and Sudbury street activates an interactive space which links the contrasting neighbourhood split by Dufferin Street. The careful consideration of circulation and ample public space animate the node as a space for gathering and conversing. 

The combination of spaces to learn and places to create in maker spaces, invites users to not only ponder, but to experiment with their ideas. In addition, transparency within pathway fluidity throughout the site and library create the building as both a place to share ideas as well as a gateway into more public spaces of the city. The architectural gesture of the massing mimics the moments seen between stacks, where minds are immersed in an idea exchange through reading. These fruitful moments are evident in the program of the library and are divided by vertical planes of the walls expressed in the form.