City of Toronto, Enhancing Neighbourhoods

We live and work in neighbourhoods but do we ever stop and wonder how they can better meet our daily needs?
OpenCity Projects delivered creative solutions that make neighbourhoods more beautiful, relevant experiences.

Background
The City of Toronto’s Clean and Beautiful City initiative has been working to renew public spaces with the support of neighbourhood residents since 2005. The City’s Urban Development Services team asked OpenCity Projects to engage city stakeholders and use design to improve urban environments based on their needs. In partnership with OCAD University, we worked with 3rd year design students to turn this challenge into a creative opportunity.

Solution
Our project began with desk research to learn about urban settings such as the demographics and history. Students visited neighbourhoods to observe people first-hand in public spaces. They conducted one-on-one interviews to learn about the neighbourhood experience from residents’ perspective and validate opportunities to make improvements. Back in the classroom, students developed personas fictional portraits of people interviewed and mapped those stakeholders’ experience to help pinpoint opportunity areas.

Based on our findings, we brainstormed a broad range of ways to resolve urban challenges and students designed solutions. Top designs were exhibited as part of the ‘Toronto Unbound’ installation at XPACE Cultural Centre. A special jury, representing the City’s Urban Development Services team and the office of the mayor, selected projects that were implemented by the City of Toronto in 2010.

Red Carpet Overview

Red Carpet Overview

Living Canvas - Implemented at John Innes Community Centre—Shuter + Sherbourne Streets

Living Canvas - Implemented at John Innes Community Centre—Shuter + Sherbourne Streets

Living Canvas Overview

Living Canvas Overview

Night Mural Overview

Night Mural Overview

Night Scape - Implemented on Dundas Street East west of Logan Avenue

Night Scape - Implemented on Dundas Street East west of Logan Avenue

Night Scape Overview

Night Scape Overview

Exhibit Poster

Exhibit Poster

Toronto Unbound Exterior

Toronto Unbound Exterior

Toronto Unbound Project Boards

Toronto Unbound Project Boards

Toronto Unbound Exhibit

Toronto Unbound Exhibit

Toronto Unbound

Toronto Unbound

Night Mural - Implemented on Bloor Street West between Dundas Street West and Perth Avenue

Night Mural - Implemented on Bloor Street West between Dundas Street West and Perth Avenue

Toronto Unbound Entrance

Toronto Unbound Entrance

Night Mural Side View

Night Mural Side View

Exhibit images: By Jason Mortlock

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