A call to OCAD U gardeners – students, staff or faculty who are interested in supporting grOCAD’s community garden project, located on the grounds of St. George the Marty at 197 John Street. We need volunteers to help plant/water/harvest herbs and vegetables in summer through fall.
It’s a great opportunity to share and learn about urban gardening. For those who can't attend the meeting but would like to get involved, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life to our everyday experience by cultivating areas in andaround OCAD U's campus. grOCAD's aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.
Venue & Address:
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Being a student is hectic enough without the added stress of our dietary health. Breakfast is known to be the meal we tend not to eat, as mornings just don't agree with us. The aim of this project is to encourage students to start the day with a healthy meal.
“frego” is food packaging that educates students about the proper nutrient intake needed. Each food package has a food theme, such as iron deficiency, detox, and vitamin or calcium supplements, giving students the option to choose what best suits their needs. The inspiration came from the building blocks of Lego. Because cooking is often looked upon as work, and “frego” will convert the thought of work to play and motivate students so that students can be excited to cook and eat healthier.
Design has the power to improve lives, change the world, and make it a more equitable place. Caring about the details from the micro to the macro coupled with aspects of analytical observation are the hallmarks to my education, and current practice.
As a designer, the value in my current practice is in deconstructing, utilizing processes and developing strategies to evolve my work as well as others in the most sustainable way. For me, Design is not just appealing to the aesthetics; but more about the thought process leading to a desired solution.
Is the cow photobombing the picture, or taking a selfie? The playful painting We are the Champions by alumna Janice Ykema (BDes Illustration, 2005) has been chosen to represent this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
In 2014 Ykema had a commercial booth at the Fair so her work was known to organizers. This year she was one of three artists who was asked to submit a proposal for the 2015 poster.
Ykema enrolled at OCAD U (then OCA) when she was 17 but left her studies to raise a family. Twenty years later she returned to finish her degree. Many of her works feature animals and nature and are done primarily in acrylics.
When asked for words of advice for current students, Ykema responded:
“You are there to learn, so don't be satisfied with a B+, learn more. Practice, take risks, make your mistakes work for you and recycle the rejects!”
This September, sLab and Bau Design College will jointly host an exciting two-week international certificate course in Toronto and Barcelona. The course provides intensive, executive-level training on multidisciplinary methods and techniques used to address complex social problems. As the first in a series called “Citizen Centric Innovation,” this year’s workshops focus on urban food waste as an example of a complex social problem — with the idea being that methods and techniques learned to address this problem will be transferable to other complex social and environmental challenges.