Descending into community

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There are many ways to design spaces, but almost everyone will agree understanding your context for the design is the most important part. Knowledge of the users, the history of the place, and the neighborhood are vital to a successful design. The 2014 ENYA Design Competition, Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm provided an opportunity for me to explore this design challenge and expand my knowledge in preparation for my career in architecture. I researched the demographics and economic context of the project site through the Friends of the Queensway organization and the Queen College, Urban Studies Department research. These both provided insight which informed my proposed design for the new public space.