Gamal Mohammed

Gamal is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Design, the undergraduate departments of Environmental Design  program. Gamal  is a Lead Architectural and Urban Designer whose research and practice focuses on the Bottom- up Architecture.  His research and publication focus on, developing  a new Pattern Language as an approach to sustainable Architectural and Urban Morphology Environmentally and Socially.

Roderick Grant

Graphic Designer with broad industry experience in editorial, information, identity and documentary/exhibit projects. Strong knowledge in typography, photography and urban studies. Current writing focus on design basics, critical pedagogy, critical design and urbanism. Current formal work investigates the threshold between rural and urban through interdisciplinary efforts between graphic, architectural and urban design. Expertise: complex typography, information architecture, mapping, identity systems design, book and editorial design, poster design, design writing and journalism.

In situ

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 5:00am

The city has historically proved to be a faithful muse for artists and designers. A microcosm of all that is right and wrong in society, it’s a site of inspiration, architectural wonders; but also of conflict and despair. In situ artists and designers Jordan Charles, Taliya Cohen, Alexandra D’Arcy, Min Hyung, & Vanessa Rieger take on the metropolis.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 285 Dundas Street West, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario

We Are Cities: Artful Citybuilding

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:00am

We Are Cities is a campaign to create a new vision and action plan for how we can build livable cities – exciting and healthy places to live, work and play. Roundtables are taking place across the country to establish a vision and action plan for better Canadian Cities.

Art and design are vital building blocks in establishing the vibrancy, sense of identity and economic stability of cities. With that in mind, OCAD University will be hosting a roundtable specifically focused on the role of creative culture in citybuilding.

Speakers will share a variety of viewpoints on the role art and design play in our cities and strategies for supporting and utilizing these industries to build thriving and livable cities. In the discussion to follow, we’ll break into smaller groups to begin to articulate a vision for the artful city and devise tactics to bring this vision to life, asking how governments, institutions, developers, businesses and individuals can better engage and partner with creative communities.

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Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street

Learning from Latin American (Sub)Urbanism

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Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:00pm to Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:00am

A lecture by Alejandro Cartagena in conversation with Shawn Micallef

For the past decade, Alejandro Cartagena has been investigating the relationship between Mexico’s urban centres and the suburbs built around them, examining the ways in which explosive growth has altered the landscape and affected the lives of residents.

In this talk, Cartagena will discuss the development of his photographic projects including Suburbia Mexicana, Landscape as Bureaucracy, Carpoolers, Roma-Roma and his latest work, Outgrowing

The Learning from Latin American (Sub)Urbanism lecture is co-presented by CONTACT, LACAP, the Faculty of Art at COAD University (through the photography department) and Circuit Gallery. It is presented in conjunction with Contacting Toronto: Expanding Cities, a CONTACT Public Installation and Warden subway station. Curated by Sharon Switzer. Co-produced by PATTISON Onestop and Art for Commuters. 

Image: Alejandro Cartagena, Carpooiera, 2011-2012, Courtesy of the artist and Circuit Gallery

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Room 230, 2nd Floor
Free and open to the public