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Inspired by the special places and unique character of Toronto's diverse communities, No.9, in collaboration with the TDSB, is introducing one Grade 7 or 8 class in each of Toronto's 44 Wards to a four day sustainable urban planning and architectural design program.
Students and their teachers work with two professional architectural educators to create sustainable urban design and architectural projects. With the assistance of these professionals, students study the components of a city by going on a neighbourhood walk to observe and document the existing transportation systems, waste management systems, building types, green spaces, water management and energy use in their own communities. In the first phase of the program the students are introduced to ways that make a city more sustainable and develop an urban plan for their neighbourhood. The urban plan that is created informs the type of architectural design solutions the students explore in the second phase of the program. These explorations include creating sustainable housing or recreation areas, creating better streets for pedestrians and bike riders and providing better access to public transportation and locally grown foods.
Students draw up their ideas and participate in building a collaborative scale model incorporating their design solutions into their chosen site. Photography, writing, collaborative brainstorming and oral presentations further assist to articulate the students' visions.
The goal of this project is to collaborate with the Toronto District School Board and its teachers to infuse the real world interdisciplinary aspects of the architectural profession with the required Grade 7 curriculum and providing additional eco-literacy learning in the classroom.
This program culminates in a display of student works in a public exhibition each spring at Evergreen Brickworks. Collectively, the students' visions for their sustainable future of Toronto lead into discussions of civic engagement, governance and living a sustainable lifestyle.
Dixon Grove Junior Middle School student Parveen appeared on CBC's Metro Morning with Matt Galloway on May 29th.
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