Block Party

Block Party is a vibrant and interactive seating installation that promotes play and discovery, creating a hub for community engagement.

“We believe that better communities can be built from the ground up – block by block – by empowered citizens.”

Public squares are traditionally used as social spaces, an inclusive place of congregation at the heart of a community. Observations have found there is overlooked potential for community engagement within Main Square. Block Party aims to reactivate Main Square as a community hub, specifically targeting the lack of accessible seating, through the implementation of community-centric design. Block Party’s primary goal is to empower members of the community to think differently about the possibilities for use and action within their public space.

Block Party is a functional seating system that encourages play and exploration, creating a hub of engagement helping to animate a public square. The installation consists of modular seating blocks, created from lumber frames clad in plywood. The blocks are constructed in various shapes and sizes, creating a non-prescriptive environment, allowing opportunities for both play and rest. To create a dynamic and engaging environment, the blocks feature subtle slopes and angles.

Block Party acts as a catalyst for community engagement within the Main and Danforth neighbourhood, promoting community participation within public spaces. Block Party will highlight the potential for future growth within the community, and allow community members to think differently about how they view and use public spaces.

Artists: Emestine Aying & Ryan Phyper

BIO: Ernestine Aying is a designer from Brampton, interested in community development through urban design. In 2015, Ernestine received her Bachelor of Design degree from the Environmental Design program at OCAD University. Ernestine looks to create and design experiences and moments that form connections between people and spaces.

BIO: Ryan Phyper is an artist and designer from Toronto, interested in community engagement through art and design. In 2015, Ryan received his Bachelor of Design degree from the Environmental Design program at OCAD University. Ryan currently creates site-specific installation work, engaging with disused or abandoned spaces throughout the GTA.