Lorella Di Cintio

Lorella Di Cintio is a Doctoral Candidate. Her areas of specialization are in Design Methodology: Theory and Practice, Design Process, Design Activism and Design Competitions. She has taught at Tokyo University, Musashino Art University, University of Detroit Mercy, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Ryerson University. She has been awarded several noteworthy grants from Canada Council for the Arts and other international funding institutions; she is a McLuhan Fellow at the University of Toronto. She has exhibited her work internationally and often presents papers at academic conferences.

Design Competition Challenges Students: If I was Mayor…?

Team 15's #bluechair Project
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 5:00am

OCAD University’s annual Design Competition, held last week, challenged students to respond to the question, “If you were the Mayor of Toronto, how would you design an intervention that renews our sense of city identity and civic purpose?”

Launched on a Friday afternoon, student teams had four days to design a concept responding to the question and present it in an exhibition in OCAD U’s Great Hall. The competition jury members were Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission and former Mayor of Toronto, Max Beck, President and CEO, Easter Seals Canada, Beth Alber, metalsmith and OCAD U Professor Emerita, Matt Di Paola, Managing Director, Digital Innovation, Sid Lee, OCAD U alumnus Matthew Del Degan, Founder and President, Sandbox Society Inc. and Faculty of Design Associate Dean Colleen Reid.

Team 15 won the first place price of $2,000 for their #bluechairs Project, a concept to reunite isolated Torontonians through social interaction. The campaign makes use of social media and physical installations of chairs as a means to stimulate conversations. Team 15 members are Industrial Design students Kristin Thomson, Adam Badzynski, Benjamin Laflamme and Houston Keil-Vine.

Team 14 received a second prize of $1,000 for Toronto’s People’s District, a concept for a district in the city that puts people first by permanently converting a streetscape in Toronto to a pedestrian only neighbourhood. Team 14 members are Environmental Design student Lambert St-Cyr and Industrial Design student Brandon Skarpa.

The Student Choice Award prize of $500 was a three-way tie, with Team 14, Team 15 and Team 10 sharing the honour. Team 10’s project is a concept for a theatrical production combining music and sport called #TOLO, Toronto Only Lives Once: On Ice: A Musical Experience. #TOLO tells the story of a local teen (played by Drake) whose destiny is to use song and dance to power the Toronto Maple Leafs to victory. Team 10 members are Industrial Design students Nathan Asis, Tom Debicki, Anne Kwon and Oscar Kwong and Graphic Design student Prairie Koo.

Team 18 won Honourable Mention for their concept Unfold TO, a postcard exchange project that allows Torontonians to share their experiences with other regional communities. Team 18 members are Industrial Design students Rachel Jui Yun Ma and Nadia Hy, and Environmental Design students Yoon Hee Kim and Ye Seul Kim.

OCAD U students envisage Grange Park as an urban oasis designed for everyone

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 6:15pm

Winners of the university’s annual design competition reimagine
the downtown Toronto park with an eye to inclusivity and accessibility

(Toronto—January 30, 2012) Two teams of students have tied for first place in OCAD University’s annual design competition For All, which this year challenged students to redesign Toronto’s Grange Park as an outdoor space that engages people of all ages, abilities and culture. The winning formula was both teams’ approaches to the design process, which looked at the history of Grange Park and its connections to the community.

Over the course of four intense days, 14 teams of students responded with design concepts to turn Grange Park into an environment without barriers that supports a communal experience designed for full enjoyment and participation. “At OCAD U we embrace the notion that excellence flourishes in inclusive environments that value diversity and equity,” said Beth Alber, Associate Dean of OCAD University’s Faculty of Design, and organizer of this year’s competition. “What better way to demonstrate this than to invigorate what is literally in our own backyard?”

One of the competition’s major requirements was for students to apply The Principles of Universal Design as developed by The Center for Universal Design at NC State University, to their concepts. These principles stipulate that designs need to be equitable, flexible, simple and intuitive, that they communicate effectively, have a tolerance for error, require low physical effort, and use appropriate size and space.

Fourth-year Environmental Design students Bettina Carating, Alissa Bryson, Alexandra Chacinski, Rui Felix (third-year Environmental Design) and Vuk Dragojevic (fourth-year Integrated Media), created the concept Making Moments: Gather. Play. Transit. Repose. It transforms the park into a culturally vibrant space that hosts a variety of community-oriented events and activities, such as weekly markets, performances and exhibitions. Using Universal Design Principles they added new pathways, lighting and accessible and interactive water features into the playground zone that enhances the parks exploratory learning opportunities.

Students Hannah Smith, Calvin Kuo, Maxyne Baker (third-year Environmental Design), Bohdan Anderson (thesis Graphic Design) and Matthew Kalimin (third-year Graphic Design) are co-winners of first place. Their concept Sense. Play. Engage. is a response to the team’s realization that universal design is not a resolution of boundaries, but rather a sensitivity and awareness of the diversity of all people and their experiences of a space. Their concept invites users to meander through the park using their senses: touch, scent, sight, movement and sound, with the intention of reconnecting the user with urban nature. Each team receives a $1500 prize.

A keynote talk delivered by Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State kicked off the competition. Huemann’s talk, which attracted wide attendance from Toronto’s community of people with disabilities, encouraged audience participation and evolved into community discussion around advocacy, awareness, acceptance and integration of people of all abilities.

Competition sponsor, the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) also took part in mentorship sessions over the weekend. OCAD University is grateful for both CILT’s generous sponsorship and participation in sharing the organization’s insight and experience with students. 

Other winners of the competition include:

Third Place ($500): Arula: community hearth and gathering place
Designed by Andrew Morson, Corey Mostacca, Karan Patel, Ksenija Gogic, Sakari Hartikainen (fourth-year Industrial Design) and Cassandra Tice (third-year Graphic Design)

Honourable Mention: A Park FOR ALL Seasons

Designed by Joanne Jin (fourth-year Material Art & Design), Benjamin Verdicchio (second-year Environmental Design), Anton Kotelenets (fourth-year Illustration) and Brad MacDonald (second-year Advertising)

Concepts by all of the student teams are on exhibit until Friday, February 3 in OCAD University’s Great Hall (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto). For more information on the competition and the exhibit, visit OCAD University’s website.

More about the competition
OCAD University's Design Competition is an annual event wherein interdisciplinary teams of three to six students are presented with a design challenge — usually a real-world issue — and over the course of an extended weekend asked to respond with their solutions. Faculty advisors with expertise relating to the challenge are on hand on Saturday to answer questions about concepts and technicalities, and students must present their designs by the end of day on the following Monday. Past competitions have challenged students to improve the public transit customer experience, to redesign the public space in front of Toronto Police Service’s 52 Division headquarters and to imagine the kinds of products or services that might exist 10 years into the future. Many of OCAD U graduates cite the challenge as one of the most important experiences in their time at the university. 

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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2013 Design Competition Exhibition

2013 Design Competition Exhibition
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 5:00am to Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:00am

An annual event open to all students

OCAD University's Design Competition, presented by the Faculty of Design, is an annual event wherein interdisciplinary teams of 3 to 6 students are presented with a design challenge — usually a real-world issue — and over the course of an extended weekend asked to respond with their solutions. Faculty advisors with expertise relating to the challenge are on hand on Saturday to answer questions about concepts and technicalities, and students must present their designs by the end of day on the following Monday. Many of OCAD U graduates cite the challenge as one of the most important experiences in their time at the university.

This year's challenge will be revealed at the Competition Launch event on Thursday, November 7, 12:30 to 3 p.m. in OCAD U's Central Hall, Room 230.

Schedule:
Note: Fully detailed schedule will be outlined as part of the 2013 Design Competition Brief, which will be made available online after the launch.

Thursday, November 7:

12:30 to 3 p.m.: COMPETITION LAUNCH
Central Hall, Room 230
Team sign up takes place after the launch, with a Q&A following sign up.

Friday, November 8:
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Team Sign Up Continues

Faculty of Design Office, Room 500

Saturday, November 9:

11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Mentorship
Room 530, 600, 627, 670
Faculty and technical monitors will be available to discuss concepts and technical problems. These rooms have been booked for the weekend for student teams to work/confer in.

Sunday, November 10:

3 p.m.: DEADLINE: Level 2 Service Bureau Printing of large format posters
Students must hand in their files to the Service Bureau on Level 2 by 3 p.m. in order to access reduced printing costs, and pick up finished posters by the 5 p.m. Monday competition deadline.

Monday, November 11:

10 a.m.: Print Deadline for Concept Statements on 11 x 17 inch 80lb. Matte Paper
Meet this deadline in order for printing to be completed by the 5 p.m. Monday competition deadline. Don’t forget that one 8.5 x 11 inch white paper copy of your team’s statement on for the Faculty of Design Office and can be handed in during installation.

1 p.m.: Video File Upload Deadline
Digital movie file must be uploaded on-campus to OCAD U Network File Share.

5 to 7 p.m.: Great Hall Installation
Room 270
Students must install their team’s deliverables, including process work and models/prototypes.

November 11 to 20: Design Competition Exhibit
Great Hall, Room 270

Tuesday, November 12: Competition Jury

Thursday, November 14: Announcement of Winners Reception

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Room 270
Open to all participants and the OCAD U community. Announcement of winners and presentation of awards will be officiated by OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond.

Wednesday, November 20

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Competition Take-Down
Great Hall, Room 270
Student teams must pick up work in the Great Hall during this time. All work remaining at 12 p.m. will be disposed of.

 

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

2013 Design Competition Exhibition

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 5:00am to Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:00am

An annual event open to all students

OCAD University's Design Competition, presented by the Faculty of Design, is an annual event wherein interdisciplinary teams of 3 to 6 students are presented with a design challenge — usually a real-world issue — and over the course of an extended weekend asked to respond with their solutions. Faculty advisors with expertise relating to the challenge are on hand on Saturday to answer questions about concepts and technicalities, and students must present their designs by the end of day on the following Monday. Many of OCAD U graduates cite the challenge as one of the most important experiences in their time at the university.

This year's challenge will be revealed at the Competition Launch event on Thursday, November 7, 12:30 to 3 p.m. in OCAD U's Central Hall, Room 230.

Schedule:
Note: Fully detailed schedule will be outlined as part of the 2013 Design Competition Brief, which will be made available online after the launch. 

Thursday, November 7:

12:30 to 3 p.m.: COMPETITION LAUNCH
Central Hall, Room 230
Team sign up takes place after the launch, with a Q&A following sign up.

Friday, November 8:
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Team Sign Up Continues

Faculty of Design Office, Room 500

Saturday, November 9:

11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Mentorship
Room 530, 600, 627, 670
Faculty and technical monitors will be available to discuss concepts and technical problems. These rooms have been booked for the weekend for student teams to work/confer in.

Sunday, November 10:

3 p.m.: DEADLINE: Level 2 Service Bureau Printing of large format posters
Students must hand in their files to the Service Bureau on Level 2 by 3 p.m. in order to access reduced printing costs, and pick up finished posters by the 5 p.m. Monday competition deadline.

Monday, November 11:

10 a.m.: Print Deadline for Concept Statements on 11 x 17 inch 80lb. Matte Paper
Meet this deadline in order for printing to be completed by the 5 p.m. Monday competition deadline. Don’t forget that one 8.5 x 11 inch white paper copy of your team’s statement on for the Faculty of Design Office and can be handed in during installation.

1 p.m.: Video File Upload Deadline
Digital movie file must be uploaded on-campus to OCAD U Network File Share.

5 to 7 p.m.: Great Hall Installation
Room 270
Students must install their team’s deliverables, including process work and models/prototypes.

November 11 to 20: Design Competition Exhibit
Great Hall, Room 270

Tuesday, November 12: Competition Jury

Thursday, November 14: Announcement of Winners Reception

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Room 270
Open to all participants and the OCAD U community. Announcement of winners and presentation of awards will be officiated by OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond.

Wednesday, November 20

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Competition Take-Down
Great Hall, Room 270
Student teams must pick up work in the Great Hall during this time. All work remaining at 12 p.m. will be disposed of.

 

 

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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