Responding to the isolation of COVID, with students working mostly from home rather than having the collective experience of life on campus, the 2A fall term studio will take the opportunity to explore collective space with Reflections on Communality, in spaces of public gathering and dwelling, with sites located on the University of Waterloo Campus. There will be two design projects carried out in the studio, the first for an outdoor Indigenous Gathering Space, set within one of the key public open spaces surrounded by academic and administrative buildings, within the heart of the campus. The project will be addressing the new public spaces that will be part of a major redesign of the campus master plan currently under development. The major design exercise of the term will involve a combined student residence and communal student services gathering facility.
The attached image Weypiskosiweywin III, is the work of Jake Chaksim, who will be teaching in the 2A studio, done with students at Laurentian University for an Indigenous gathering space on the Laurentian University Campus in Sudbury.