Ontario Tire Stewardship Student Design Challenge winners see their
dream come true
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - A riverbank themed new urban space
officially opens to the public today at Evergreen Brick Works. Two Humber College students, Gloria Perez and Jessica Gafic, are the
winners of the inaugural OTS Student Design Challenge for their
conceptualization of "On the Riverbank". The site, which mimics the
curves and colours of Mud Creek, a tributary of the Don River running
beneath, is constructed with recycled tire products.
Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) along with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects launched the OTS Student Design Challenge in September 2011, offering
design students the opportunity to showcase creative, sustainable
outdoor design with the chance of winning a total of $6,000. The
competition was open to all post-secondary students in Ontario.
"We're delighted and very proud to bring alive the innovative, creative
thinking of our winners by developing a site that will be enjoyed by
thousands," said Andrew Horsman, Executive Director, Ontario Tire
Stewardship. "Our hope is that this competition has inspired the next
generation of designers, architects and urban planners to incorporate
sustainable options for landscape design into their future work to
create more sustainable community spaces and a greener Ontario."
More than 90 per cent of all tires contain reusable and recyclable
non-biodegradable materials such as synthetic and natural rubber, oil,
polyester and steel. A recent survey (April 2012) by OTS revealed that
89 per cent of Ontario respondents feel their communities would benefit
environmentally and economically by incorporating green alternatives,
such as tire-derived products within more community projects.
Ninety-six per cent of respondents feel municipalities could do more to
ensure shared community spaces such as parks and recreation centres
incorporate environmentally friendly products.
The wide path of "On the Riverbank" is paved with blue SofSURFACES
tiles, and recalls the river bend on which the site is situated. Dips
in the mulched areas will be used by patrons of the Evergreen Brick
Works Farmers' Market. Play pods mimic the shape of rocks and are
covered in Shercom green pour-in-place rubber to provide an interesting
visual element. They are also a place for children to climb and play.
Heffco mulch covers most open spaces and will be walked on freely by
visitors. Red maple trees have been planted on slightly elevated
mounds to add depth and the planting beds are filled with perennials.
"Kudos to our winners and to all the competitors for exhibiting such
incredible creativity," said Heidi Campbell, Senior Landscape Design
Consultant, Evergreen Brick Works. "We're extremely fortunate to have
such a beautiful design on our premises, showcasing the latest thinking
in sustainable design. It's a vivid example of how we can reuse tires
with ecological purpose."
For the challenge, students' designs were developed in response to a
strict set of real life design parameters such as site dimensions,
available tire-derived products and budget restrictions. Finalists
presented their proposals to a panel of judges in a "Dragons' Den"
format at a Gala hosted at the Evergreen Brick Works on January 9,
2012. Members of the judging panel were comprised of real-world
landscape design experts and celebrities including:
Frank Ferragine, CityLine, Garden and Landscape Expert
Denise Devlin-Li, Dean of School of Applied Arts, Humber College
Heidi Campbell, Senior Landscape Design Consultant, Evergreen Brick
Henry Kortekaas, Principal Landscape Architect, Henry Kortekaas &
Sean Kelly, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, School of
Environment and Rural Development, University of Guelph
Watch for more details and information about The Second Annual Ontario
Tire Stewardship Design Competition Challenge on www.otsdesignchallenge.com.
About Ontario Tire Stewardship
Established in 2009, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is an Industry
Funding Organization (IFO) incorporated under Ontario's Waste Diversion
Act, to implement and operate the Used Tires Program.
At OTS, we are transforming the relationship Ontarians have with the
lifecycle of their tires, through a comprehensive approach that takes
into account our environment, our economy and our quality of life.
Through the Used Tires program, 100% of Ontario tires get efficiently
and responsibly recycled into new products, leading to more livable
communities and a growing green economy in this province.
For more information, please visit www.GreenMyTires.ca or follow us @GreenMyTires.
Image with caption: "Andrew Horsman, Executive Director of Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) (left) and Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen Brick Works (right) lay rubber mulch on a new landscape site at Evergreen Brick Works. Built with recycled tire products, the site is the winning design of two Humber College students who won the first annual OTS Student Design Competition (CNW Group/Ontario Tire Stewardship)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120917_C7077_PHOTO_EN_17954.jpg
SOURCE: Ontario Tire Stewardship
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