The Academic Resource Centre (ARC) Quad is now complete!Image: ARC Quad at UTSC
The new vibrant outdoor space is the first implemented landscape that draws from the University of Toronto Scarborough Landscape and Public Realm Master Plan, which DTAH authored with permaculture specialist Jane Hayes. The pilot project is a case study intended to inform future campus projects by prioritizing sustainable, functional and accessible design. The permaculture approach integrates groups (guilds) of plants that support abundant natural ecosystems.
The Quad functions as an animated social hub, where academic and community life can spill out from beyond the classrooms. Integrated seating, outlets to recharge electronics, and custom lighting create memorable and comfortable outdoor environments for a range of programmed uses. Brightly coloured shade sails protect users from the elements while clearly defining the unique gathering space, attracting students, faculty, and staff from across the campus.