Conservation of shadows: Underworld, HARU JI & GRAHAM WAKEFIELD

photo of a person in front of an art installation
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Conservation of Shadows: Underworld

Haru Ji and Graham Wakefield (OCAD University and York University)

Sidewalk Labs curator-in-residence and York University PhD candidate Melanie Wilmink has brought together various Toronto artists for interactive workshops and installations, including Haru Hyunkyung Ji & Graham Wakefield's "Conservation of Shadows: Underworld" and Nicole Clouston’s “Lake Ontario Mud,”.  Jason Logan, founder of Toronto Ink Company will help attendees create their own ink art which will be projected onto the Building Raincoat by visual artist Ilze Briede.  Exhibition title: Conservation of Shadows: Underworld

At this Open Sidewalk event, we share some of our ideas and prototypes to making outdoor public space the social default year-round. In addition, we will be sharing some of our big ideas about how to make the eastern waterfront accessible and livable with affordable housing, sustainable development, and improved transit.


Saturday, March 2, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

3:00 PM Open Sidewalk Begins, Ongoing: art installations, SWL staff tours

4:00 PM "Welcome Presentation - 30-35 mins

4:45 PM Haru and Graham Presentation

5:30 PM RWDI / PARTISANS Presentation

6:00 PM Sunset - Launch Raincoat Projector

7:00 PM Open Sidewalk Ends

Exhibition information:

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is recommended but you can just come by too.


Venue & Address: 
307 Lake Shore Blvd E Toronto, ON Canada

New OCAD U research projects featured in Toronto Star

President Sara Diamond, left, and Dr. Alia Weston (photo courtesy: Toronto Star)
Friday, November 9, 2018

OCAD U is conducting research tied to Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for a “smart city” that would be built on a 12-acre site known as Quayside. In mid-September, ten research grants were made available to faculty members at post-secondary institutions and three of these grants were awarded to OCAD U researchers. The initiative is funded by Sidewalk Labs, Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Foundation.

One of the projects that received funding, Culture Creates Bonds, is being led by President Sara Diamond and Dr. Alia Weston. The project, which studies how people build community bonds in neighbourhoods. was featured in the Toronto Star.

The OCAD U teams will be working on projects that address a diverse range of topics including Canadian models of community governance, community bonds and Toronto housing innovation:

1. Smart Communities as Platform Co-operatives

The research team will explore the potential advantages/disadvantages and feasibility of applying the platform co-op model to the development of an online platform that is needed to organize a smart city. The research team has global expertise in platform cooperatives and inclusive design.  

Research team is led by Dr. Jutta Treviranus

2. Housing Typology Innovations

SystemCITY Research Group investigates innovative affordable housing projects, partnerships and possibilities, both locally and globally. This project interprets local affordable housing innovations within the larger context of innovative new global housing typologies and strategies.

Faculty: Jeremy Bowes, Maya Desai, Neal Prabhu

3. Culture Creates Bonds

From OCAD U's Visual Analytics Lab: The study will concentrate on defining a specific set of key drivers, scenarios, and conditions that create natural human bonds in a residential or immediate neighbourhood. The focus of this research is on arts and culture activity within communities.

Faculty: Dr. Sara Diamond, Dr. Alia Weston, Marcus Gordon

Reports are due in late November and the findings will feed into a master plan for the Sidewalk development, slated to be completed by the end of the year or early in 2019.