2010 Design Competition: Reassembly Required

Congratulations to everyone that participated! Download a complete list of winners. (PDF)

A city can be more than a machine for accommodating the making of money.  Of course making money is vital to its energy and health - but if this ‘work’ is not balanced and layered with a sense of play, of belonging, of identity, of pleasure, of richness and of adventure, then our cities are grim, grey and deadening places for the human spirit to dwell.

Louis Khan said that a city is a place that empowers you to sense your possibilities and shape your future. He said you could feel its energy and plan your life’s path when you walk through it.

The design challenge

Our challenge, as designers, is to help shape this world that shapes our lives.

In this competition, we are being asked to work with urban left-over barren space and turn it into urban experience, i.e. creative, designed, fertile, interactive, social experience and space.

You are asked, in this competition, to re-imagine what social space can mean and make it accessible and engaging to all who spend any time in it.

What’s your solution? – is it digital? vegetable? mineral? – and what about engaging the human animal? – is your space/place open to the sky?  is it open to the subway? – is this experience liquid and /or solid? is there oxygen? – is this social sphere a combination of water, trees and benches or is it something completely different?

How do we find a capacity to breathe life and richness into urban life?

How do we take whatever opportunity we’re given and open it to new possibility?

This is the central challenge of this competition and in a broader sense a vital challenge to design in general.

The site

The site you are transforming is the open ‘plaza’ in front of the 52 Division Toronto Police Service building on Dundas Street, between St. Patrick and Simcoe Streets.

  • North/South: you may work from the facades of the police station to the edge of the curb and you must include easy and barrier free access to the police station entry. As well, you need to consider accommodating pedestrian travel along Dundas St.
  • East/West: the sidewalks along Simcoe and St Patrick are not considered part of your site, and are left as is.
  • Sitemap drawing for extra context 1 (PDF)
  • Sitemap drawing for extra context 2 (PDF)


  • Teams must have representation from both 2D (GRPH, ADV, ILL) and 3D (ED, ID, MAD) disciplines and must include between 4-6 team members.
  • Faculty of Art students are also eligible to participate, as members of a design team.
  • Students from other institutions are not eligible to participate.
  • Teams must officially register at the Launch in order to participate.

Identification of work

No names are permitted on any of the submitted work.

Include your team registration number in the lower right corner of ALL presentation materials and on your USB key.


  1. You are given a usb key with a variety of documents on it to help you get started. You must return it, with all the required documents on it, as part of your submission. If you do not choose to finish a proposal, you must return the usb key to the Design office and let us know that you team is not continuing.
  2. Physical 2D presentation: 1 printed presentation (unmounted):30“ x 40”
  3. Physical 3D model: scale 1/8” = 1’ 0” or 1:100. Models must be presented on the footprint (board) provided (8 ½” x 32”) This corresponds to a scaled version of the actual site which is 68’ north to south and 257’ from east to west. A context model is pre-prepared for you, and you will be able to photograph it after putting your model into it if you wish.
  4. Time-based Media pieces are optional - if you choose to include these in your submission, they must be on the usb key when submitted. (you may represent them in a sequence of still images on your presentation board)  Jurors will view the time-based pieces if submitted. Due to limited computer security and access, COMPUTER SET-UP IN THE GREAT HALL IS NOT SUPPORTED. Jurors will make recommendations for showing of time-based works at the Awards Presentation/Discussion.
    Acceptable Video Formats:
    • MOV files playable in QuickTime
    • Standard MPEG files for video playback on standard Windows PC
    • AVI  files (MPEG 1 OR 2)
    • Standard DVD player format
  5. Written text piece required: Maximum two pages (8½ X 11 in.). Save as word document and as a pdf. May be poetic as well as discursive. May be point form. You must provide a clear, concise explanation of your ideas/concepts/solutions. PLEASE PROOF READ CAREFULLY.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING YOUR WORK TO THE GREAT HALL AND INCLUDING ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED, during the time allotted. The Competition Committee will set up the work. Deadline: Monday Jan 25, 5 – 5:30 pm Great Hall


  1. TEXT DOCUMENT as above, saved as pdf
  2. At least 2 key images 300 dpi @ 8.5 x 11” size, cmyk, SAVED AS TIFFS.
  3. full-scale digital files SAVED AS PDF’Sthis includes your full-scale poster and any key photos or print elements (300 dpi, cmyk) (this is so we can present this work or publish high quality documents at a later date, to promote/showcase your work)
    • All digital files must be clearly labeled with team number and content of file (e.g. Team 56, perspective drawing)
    • USB key should be labeled with: Team # and Faculty of Design Student Competition 2010
    • In the case of hand-made/rendered works or models, photo files are acceptable SAVE AS high quality JPG, minimum size 8.5 x 11.

Shop hours

ED/ID Shop (Room 517) will be open during normal OCAD hours on Saturday and Sunday. Some classrooms may be available for student use – students may not have exclusive use of one room throughout the competition.


1st Place - $2000 Team Prize
2nd Place - $1000 Team Prize
3rd Place - $500 Team Prize
Honourable Mentions as recommended by the Jury.

2010 competition schedule

Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 pm, OCAD Auditorium Room 190
Reassembly Required – pre-launch Lecture by Will Alsop, architect of the OCAD Sharp Centre for Design

Thursday Jan 21, 3 – 5 pm, OCAD Auditorium Room 190
Competition Launch, announcement of site, presentation by Stuart Reid, team sign-up

Friday, January 22, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon, Central Hall Room 230
Reassembly Required: Local Perspectives – Context Forum, keynote speaker Councillor Adam Vaughan, Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina

Saturday Jan 23, 1 - 5 pm, Mentorship to teams, Room 284
Students may confer with faculty and guest volunteer critics during this time.

Monday Jan 25, 5 – 6 pm, Deadline and Installation, Great Hall Room 270
Tuesday Jan 26 – Friday Feb 5, Design Competition Exhibit in the Great Hall
Jan 26/27  Competition Judging: Jurying of entries with visiting jury members

Jan 27, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Great Hall Room 270
Reception for all participants and the OCAD community. Announcement of winners and presentation of awards.

Friday Feb 05, 4 - 6 pm, Competition Take-Down: Student teams must pick up work in the Great Hall during this time slot.


Print sources in our library:

Farr, Douglas. Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2008
Favole, Paolo. Squares in Contemporary Architecture. Amsterdam : Architectura & Natura Press, 1995
Gehl, Jan. New City Spaces. Copenhagen : Danish Architectural Press, 2001
Moughtin, Cliff. Urban Design: Street and Square. Amsterdam ; Boston : Architectural Press, 2003
Osbaldeston, Mark. Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City that Might Have Been. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2008
Pressman, Andrew, ed. Architectural Graphic Standards. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2007
Stanwick, Sean. Design City Toronto. Chichester ; Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, 2007
For additional material search the Library catalogue using subject headings: urban design or urban planning

Note that there are two journal articles written about the 55 Division building:
Canadian Architecture, vol. 27, no.2, p. 4, Feb. 1981
Canadian Architecture, vol. 22. no.9. p. 41-45, Sept. 1977


For journal articles on architecture and urban planning, search the following databases:
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ)

Websites a few to help you get going:
Architecture for Humanity Toronto:

Adrian Blackwell - Toronto artist/architect/activist

Canadian Centre for Architecture ACTIONS Show:

Flickr • http://www.flickr.com
Flickr Toronto • http://www.flickr.com/places/Canada/Ontario/Toronto
Flickr Urban Interaction Design • http://www.flickr.com/groups/urbanexperience/pool/

Gorbet Design:

Nuit Blanche Toronto:

Project for Public Spaces:

Spacing: Understanding the Urban Landscape:

Toronto Public Space Committee:

Toronto Sculpture Garden:

Wade Toronto, saving Toronto's wading pools through fun interactive installations:

Yonge Street:

Rules and regulations


Any person who canvasses jury members will be disqualified. Teams soliciting outside input other than of a student nature will also be disqualified since this is a student competition.

Decision of the jury

The decisions of the Jury will be final.


Thursday, Jan 21, 3:00 pm to Monday, Jan 25, 5:00 pm

Faculty are asked to provide, if possible, some discretionary leeway for students engaged in the competition – as this is a very rich educational opportunity for students, and is very intensive by design. Official letters are given to students who require proof of participation, at the end of the charette. However, it is acknowledged that any exams or critiques which fall during the competition dates must be attended by students unless special arrangements are made with faculty. Therefore, please communicate with your faculty, and do not presume that you are free from all obligation to your classes.

Exhibition mounting and demounting

This year, the exhibition committee will mount the work. Students agree to demount their own work as instructed by the competition committee.

Acceptance of and compliance with conditions

By submitting designs to the competition, participating designers accept all items set out herein within the rules of the competition, including permission to photograph, to archive these photographs and to allow OCAD to publish for educational purposes in the future. Entrants who do not comply with the rules set out herein will be disqualified from the jurying and exhibition of work. The committee reserves the right not to exhibit proposals which are deemed lacking in appropriate quality or contain offensive material.