Call for proposals: OCAD U hosts Ontario Climate Symposium

Graphic with words "Call for proposals"
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

OCADU is pleased to announce that it will be hosting this year’s Ontario Climate Symposium: Adaptive Urban Habitats through Ecological Design. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities. We are currently accepting innovative papers and multidisciplinary proposals and visions that highlight a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities.

Non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, and posters. For more information email All proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium organizing committee with decisions made by May 11th, 2018..

For more information on submissions, visit Climate Connections website






Material Witness by Jill Price

Jill Price Material Witness
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

See the amazing work of IAMD Alumni Jill Price at GravityPope for Canada's largest cultural celebration of design. The Toronto Design offsite Festival is in it's 8th year of transforming toronto with over 100 exhibitions. Considering ecological realities, Material Witness address the Anthropocene while keeping in mind a priviledged perspective on excess. Material Witness is a reflection on the role as maker and consumer within the Anthropecenic age.

Jill's exhibition runs from January 15-21, reception and artist discussion on January 20th, 2-4PM.

Venue & Address: 
1010 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H6

Paulette Phillips

Paulette Phillips works in Europe and Canada in film for installation and also with audio, performance, electro-magnetism, digital photography, video, light and mechanics. During her career she has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the complexity of social and physical energy and contradictions that play out in our construction of stability.

OCADU Faculty of Design Speaker Series continues with Rachel Wingfield

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 5:00am

(Toronto — January 12, 2011) OCAD University’s Faculty of Design Speaker Series continues on Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. with the talk “ArchiLace: Ecomimetic Space Design” by Rachel Wingfield of Loop.pH (UK). Wingfield’s visit coincides with the Toronto International Design Festival, and OCADU’s annual Design Competition.

Rachel Wingfield belongs to an emerging generation of designers redefining conventions of how, why and with what things are made. For Wingfield, the convergence of design and science, and ultimately the synergy with nature, can serve to address some of today's most urgent problems by promoting energy independence, food security, and "metabolic thinking". Her approach to design and fabrication values the physical process of making as much as established research methodologies and theories. This allows for the reinterpretation and integration of forms engineered by humans and nature alike.

In her talk, Wingfield will introduce her design studio Loop.pH, discuss the importance of a trans-disciplinary practice and the convergence between biology, ecology, architecture and design. By presenting ideas learned from ecology and ecomimetics, Wingfield questions how we can create living environments, synthesising living materials and digital tools, and proposes an emerging new role for designers working at an urban scale.

Faculty of Design Speaker Series:
Rachel Wingfield: “ArchiLace: Ecomimetic Space Design”
Thursday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto | 416-977-6000

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

The Faculty of Design Speaker Series is generously supported by TD Bank Group, and continues on March 3 with a talk by David Small, Creative Director at Small Design Firm (

More about Rachel Wingfield:
Wingfield is Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London (UK) and co-director of the design studio Loop.pH. Together with Mathias Gmachl, they specialize in lightweight temporary architecture, responsive environments and create new urban visions. Their portfolio spans the design, construction and fabrication of architectural, structural and responsive textiles for both private and public environments from hospitals, museums to parks and private collections. Their installation work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK).

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University ( 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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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)


Indicator, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with work by OCAD U alumnus, Gareth Bate

401 Richmond - Gareth Bate Art Projects

Karen Abel - Toronto, Canada
Jessica Marion Barr - Toronto, Canada
Gareth Bate - Toronto, Canada

Birds, bats, bees. Indicator species signal the deteriorated state of ecosystems, warning us when our environs are in trouble. Three elegiac installations investigate the concept of biological indicators and the suffering of wildlife due to habitat destruction, climate change, and environmental contamination. A rain cloud of bird bones and a chandelier inhabited by crystalline cast-sugar bats float in the gallery space, encircled by a ghostly amphitheatre-like wall mural of the ancient Roman Coliseum hand drawn with liquid honey. A sound installation layering the calls and sounds of these animals pervades the ecological arena. Visitors will be embedded and implicated in the disastrous results of the global incursion of human ‘empire’, as manifested in our ailing ‘indicator’ species.

Sharing interests in ecological issues and unusual materials, the artists are creating installations that resonate concerns about species decline.

Indicator, 2013



Venue & Address: 
Studio S-17 401 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario