Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces its 7th annual Boundless – A Post Secondary Design Challenge.
This year, students studying in all design disciplines are invited to submit proposals that develop creative solutions focussed on the accessible navigation of public spaces such as trails, beach access routes, parking, service counters, and fixed waiting areas, eating areas, play spaces, and paths of travel.
Submissions should be accessible to the greatest number of individuals, and entrants are asked to acknowledge the seven universal design principles, the requirements of Design of Public Spaces standards of the Integrated Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and encouraged to consider cost, time, and dignity.
All students are invited to submit proposals for innovative projects that demonstrate how the universal design principles and compli-ance with mandatory requirements of the Design for Public Space standards can be applied to create complete accessibility for all.
Among the projects that can be considered: infrastructure, print and digital wayfinding, shelter amenities, and physical support. Competitors are encouraged to apply themes and learning priorities specifically related to their own curriculum, making it easier for students and instructors to incorporate the competition into their current course-work.
All submitted projects must be completed during the student’s 2018-19 course of study in an Ontario undergraduate or graduate program.
Projects may be completed independently or as course work, and group or individual projects are eligible for entry. In the case of group projects, all members must be enrolled in a 2018-19 course of study in an Ontario undergraduate or graduate program.
• A one-page concept statement that includes: Entrant name, mailing address, school, and Program. Text should be between 16 and 24 points, depending on selected font.
• Summary of the design concept, its objectives, and description of how the project addresses the competition theme (no less than 250 words, no more than 500 words). Text should be between 16 and 24 points, depending on selected font. Text must be separate from image.
• A minimum of 3 or maximum of 5 full-colour sketches or renderings of the proposal submitted as a single PDF. Please reserve one image per page. Image must have 1920x1024 resolution. No text may be included in the images.
A panel of experts from the design community, selected by Design Exchange, will review all valid entries.
Jurors will select the best projects based on the following key criteria:
• IMPACT - The project is designed in a way that is usable by the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of their age or ability.
• CREATIVITY - Unique and innovative design concept.
• PRESENTATION - Well-executed renderings and clearly identified project documents
• UNDERSTANDING - Clear and concise project statement
• REALIZATION - The goals of universal design are addressed and the project can be implemente
There is no entry fee to participate!
No Entry Fee!There is no entry fee to participate!
Who can participate? ⇣
Participation is open to all currently enrolled students studying design (including, but not limited to: industrial, architecture, graphic, digital, interior, and landscape) at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Ontario in a college or university program.