Unveiling our new exterior space

After three months of construction, we are thrilled to reveal our new exterior space! This morning we celebrated with our tenants, the Artscape Youngplace condo board and community members at the official reveal event for this functional, fresh and environmentally friendly exterior.

Image: The new exterior space.

Image: Nigel Edwards performs outside at our new exterior space.

The newly enhanced outdoor area at Artscape Youngplace features added seating, more trees and a performance area. This space was redesigned for the community to enjoy, and demonstrates creativity in the form of student design and recycled materials.

The project was led by the Ontario Tire Stewardship with producer Green Living Enterprises, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their initiative. Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the responsible recycling of Ontario’s scrap tires and supports the development of sustainable markets for tire-derived products within Ontario and through export markets. You’ll see the incorporation of many recycled tire products in the design of the new landscape space, including a dance-friendly surface, comfortable seating cubes and surfaces that can be written on with chalk. OTS works with a network of industry partners to efficiently recycle over 12 million tires each year, and, since its inception in 2009, has awarded over $1 million in funding to community revitalization projects in 60 communities across Ontario.

In June of 2016, OTS and Green Living Enterprises hosted the 3rd Ontario Tire Stewardship Student Design Challenge at Artscape Youngplace. The goal of the challenge was to ignite creativity and innovation in the field of sustainable design, while showcasing the aesthetics, functionality and high performance of Ontario tire-derived recycled products.

Image: Students meet at Artscape Youngplace to kick off the design challenge weekend.


Image: A team of students work onsite during the design challenge weekend

The competition created a unique opportunity for the design leaders of tomorrow to develop conceptual proposals and influence real construction. The competition was open to all landscape design, architecture and industrial design students enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Ontario.

Participating student teams from across the province attended this intensive Design Jam weekend, where they developed and presented their design concepts to a panel of judges. Members of the winning design teams each received a scholarship award.

Image: Members of the OTS team work with students at the design challenge.

Image: Students tour the exterior of the building.

This is the third landscape design to be implemented under this innovative program.What sets this installation apart is the inclusion of student-designed bench seating into the exterior plan. OTS worked with several manufacturers to help bring the winning Industrial Design, dubbed The Shaw Bench, to life. The landscape design was created under the mentorship of landscape architect and educator Elise Shelley, while the industrial design elements (benches) were created under the mentorship of Fig40.

The official project construction began onsite in June 2017 and was completed throughout the summer. Today we are delighted to welcome the community to gather and enjoy the features of our new exterior space!

Image: The winning student teams.

Image: Event attendees decorate the new outdoor space.

Image: Students and Andrew Horsman pose on their winning bench design.


Congratulations to the members of all student teams who participated in this project!

Landscape Design:

3rd: Fanshawe College with “Creativescape” by Althea Reid, Heather May Bailey, Kathleen Stevens

2nd: Fanshawe College with “Genius Loci” by Daniel Murphy, Miriam Rousell, Stephanie Chalmers, Wyatt Rotteau

1st: University of Toronto with “ALT Studio” by Tom Kwok, Andrey Chernykh, Leonard Flot


Industrial Design:

3rd: Algonquin College with “Design for stewardship” by Danika Leon, Heather Myles, Melissa Gunn, Merissa Reed

2nd: University of Toronto with “ALT Studio” by Tom Kwok, Andrey Chernykh, Leonard Flot

1st: Sheridan College with “Sheridan Industrial Design” by Alexandra D’Oliveria, Michael Mofina, Patrick Marchent, Neil Smith


Photography credits: Andrew Miller, Esther Phua