TORONTO — Young Ontario artists and designers from Sheridan College Industrial Design and University of Toronto Landscape Design used the equivalent of 854 recycled tires recently to redesign a community space as part of Ontario Tire Stewardship's (OTS) third Student Design Challenge.
Dubbed the "Shaw Bench," the installation on Toronto's Artscape Youngplace includes a sustainable, integrated bench and bike rack, according to the OTS.
The bench's modular design makes it highly adaptable, allowing for a variety of configurations, it said.
The OTS held a competition in June 2016, with 32 students from five post-secondary schools participating, the stewardship organization said.
OTS Student Design Challenge participants attended a three-day "Design Jam," working alongside industry professionals to develop recycled rubber-based design concepts and present them to judges, it said.
The winners, who went on to design the "Shaw Bench," included:
- From University of Toronto Landscape Design, Andrey Chernykh, Leonard Flot and Tim Kwok, and;
- From Sheridan College Industrial Design, Alexandra D'Oliviera, Michael Mofina, Patrick Marchent and Neil Smith.