OCAD University’s Campus for the Connected World on Toronto’s Waterfront is a new facility for research and innovation that will house initiatives specific to innovation training, design thinking, Big Data design and accelerator capacity that support commercialization and bring design skills to emergent companies. Part of the vision driving Ignite Imagination: The Campaign for OCAD University, the Campus for the Connected World will significantly expand OCAD University’s research, innovation and commercialization capacity.
The CCW will be located in Daniels Waterfront — City of the Arts on the eastern side of Toronto’s shoreline, at Jarvis Street and Queens Quay. As an interdisciplinary, experimental zone for developing creative digital solutions to today’s urgent social, economic, technological and environmental challenges, its fundamental focus will be on placing human knowledge and concerns at the centre of the data revolution.
A multi-use, Daniels Corporation complex, City of the Arts will include office, retail, residential, academic, research and cultural components. The CCW will be built in two phases: the South Tower (Phase 1) and the North Tower (Phase 2).
The first phase of OCAD University’s Campus for the Connected World — acquisition of the fourth floor of a 12-storey commercial condominium on the southern half of the development site — is scheduled to be completed by April 2018. The space will be home to the delivery of expanded university initiatives specific to research, executive training and university accelerator capacity, which support commercialization and bring design skills to emergent companies.
CCW will host a complementary cluster of research innovation and commercialization elements, including a Big Data Lab, to integrate cutting edge media and technology.
Same-floor adjacencies will provide an opportunity for interaction with Artscape Launchpad (a 35,000 square-foot facility that is part incubator, part co-working, and part creative entrepreneurship centre).
The project will prioritize program flexibility and collaboration and represents a first step for the university into the Waterfront East Bayfront community.
The second phase of the CCW project is scheduled for completion by May 2020. This proposed acquisition, subject to OCAD University Board of Governors’ approval by June 2017, involves the possible acquisition of the entire podium level (second storey) in a complex that has retail at ground level and two residential towers above, on the northern half of the site. With 20-foot tall, floor-to-ceiling spaces, the potential exists in phase 2 for mezzanines to be built, creating a dynamic composition of gathering spaces and display.
The scale of the project will enable the university to involve industry partnerships that break down the silos among disciplines, creating an environment that stimulates new ways of learning, engaging, researching and working.