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Ryerson students show Astral how to do street furniture

Posted by Derek Flack / January 16, 2014

Ryerson Street FurnitureA new design competition for a centralized information kiosk at Artscape's Wychwood Barns might offer a few lessons for the folks at Astral, who've littered the city with its oft criticized street furniture since winning a major contract with the City of Toronto in 2007. Although the company contends that its bus shelters, information kiosks, and garbage cans have been well received, when you see what these Ryerson Architecture students have come up with for the Barns, it's hard not to want something better for the rest of the city.

Run through neighbourhood improvement startup Projexity, the competition's aims are straightforward: students were tasked with creating an outdoor information hub that respects the design of the existing Wychwood site. While not all 18 proposals are eye-catching, standouts like Newton Xian and Margot de Man's streetcar rail design as well as Anthony Gugliotta and Kyle Marren's futuristic-looking structure underscore the opportunity to do something stunning within the relative narrow confines of kiosk-design. The winner of the competition will be announced on February 18th at the Barns. Perhaps Astral should send a hiring committee along?

You can vote for your favourite design until January 26th on Projexity.



W. K. Lis / January 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Don't you know that its bureaucrats at City Hall will be the ones who make the decision on design. They can't think outside of the box, or rectangle.
raccoonw/bread / January 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm
10/10 would pass out in.

lp / January 16, 2014 at 08:56 pm
looks like a great place to intimidate people with my group of people sitting down on a cold and dark piece of stone? wood? whatever?, not to mention a great thing to graffiti on, oh and a nice warm shelter for the homeless. SOLVING TORONTOS PROBLEMS ONE STEP AT A TIME! *sarcasm*
Lukas / January 17, 2014 at 10:09 am
Impressive designs. They certainly would look great at the Barns.
Amy Smith / January 20, 2014 at 04:24 am
I'm excited to see more artist showcasing their talents in street furniture design.
Wot about street toilets? / January 20, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Spike / January 21, 2014 at 12:03 am
@Wot about street toilets?: Wot about timing your eating and drinking so that you don't pee or poop when you don't want to?
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