George Brown College – Interior Design Technology program 3rd year students were assigned a project to create and prepare Active Stairs design concepts. The project aim is to demonstrate the connection between health and the built environment and serve as a catalyst for the widespread creation of Active Stairs.
The project was initiated and coordinated by Attivo Designs and the course instructor provided the guidance and support to include the project as part of the 3rd year course requirement. The learning outcomes of the assignment centre on the students demonstrating the ability to effectively apply the elements and principles of healthy and active stair design and the broader goal is to raise awareness of the benefits and ease of taking the stairs.
Project clients for the assignment - Toronto Community Housing Corporation (multi-residential) and Morguard (commercial office) - provided building access and documentation to facilitate the design project. Students were organized in two groups based on the building type and clients had the opportunity to review and comment on the students’ design concepts and consider next steps for implementation.