Date: 2022 - 2023

Little Jamaica Storefront Bench Competition 
The Daniels Faculty is excited to continue our partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and York Memorial Collegiate Institute (YMCI) to create community projects that tell a contemporary story of change in the Little Jamaica neighborhood.

The Eglinton West commercial corridor refered to as, Little Jamaica, is a four lane wide avenue that lacks tree coverage and has lost much of its pedestrian amenities due to the construction of the Eglinton LRT.

This competition will support the creation of outdoor benches for shop owners on the Eglinton strip between Marlee Ave. and Dufferin Ave. We invited DFALD students to design these benches. Daniels Faculty will work with Construction students at York Memorial Collegiate Institute to build the benches as part of their curriculum and community engagement.

Currently along the strip one can spot a few “self-built” benches in front of shops and business already seek to meet this demand. Cataloging and engaging with the business along the strip we have identified businesses for potential partnerships with the intention of serving to embolden this modern community expression and elevating these benches from objects along the street to extensions of the business and community in the public realm. Participants were allowed to choose to situate their bench outside any of the businesses noted below, but entry should be universal and applicable to all storefronts.  

Fabrication

Both 1st Prize entries will earn the right to be fabricated by the TDSB youth as part of their curriculum and community engagement. Winning teams will have the opportunity to work with and oversee the fabrication process with TDSB youth.
Engage - Design - Build
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design has partnered with the TDSB working with highschool youth to engage the community around their school, design, and build community oriented projects in their neighborhood! Our goal is to open pathways for underrepresented youths to a careers in architecture and design by applying technical design skills from their curriculum to a project that engages current events in their school’s neighborhood, i.e. helping youths see design in their daily lives.