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21 OZ: A Community Centre for Art

Š 2013 Carol Ann Apilado Printed and bound in Toronto First Edition All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval without permission in writing from the author. Artwork provided by Carol Ann Apilado and SKAM (skam@skam.net). Comments, questions, inquiries: carol.ann.apilado@gmail.com


Characters

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1 Context

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2 The Takeover

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3 Development

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4 The Artist

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5 The Homeless

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6 21 OZ

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7 The Sequel

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Acknowledgements

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I just want to paint...

Hey George! Hello MK!

I’m a regular kitten to everyone but I’m actually a super kitten from outer space...

The Artist 8

Homeless Gentleman #1

Homeless Gentleman #2

The Kitten


#%$&! I hate graffiti! I don’t care about all the positive factors. It just ruins the beauty and perfection of our boring, bland and grey city streetscape!

The Politician

The Designer

?!?!

Steve and Lisa 9


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CITY OF TORONTO

CANADA

LAKE ONTARIO U.S.A.

KEELE ALLEY

DUFFERIN & BLOOR ALLEY

KENSINGTON MARKET

OSSINGTON LANEWAY

TORONTO’S GRAFFITI-PROMINENT AREAS 12

PARKDALE ALLEY

QUEEN ALLEY


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A ST REB

VE N A GTO

IN OSS

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A few years prior . . .

Fire!!!!

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HOME!

Hey, I think this building is empty...

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4 Space for hanging out

Campfire/cooking Sleeping

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...zzZz... 17


Hey George! We should take these broken steel doors, cabinet parts, boxes, bicycle parts, and other junk to form walls and define different spaces...

zzZz... Huh? What? Why?!

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MK’s a strange one...always excited about weird things...

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Look, I found dynamite. Let’s blow a hole in the floor to open up the space and bring in more light!

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It’s a lot more cozier. Now it feels like home!

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Meanwhile, as they slept . . .

An abandoned building!?! PERFECT!

. . . zzZzZz . . . 22


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Site Plan

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As time passed, the homeless gentlemen, kitten, the artist as well as other artists continued to use the abandoned storage facility as a home and a fun, safe place where they could all congregate as a micro community, socialize, and express themselves. Everyone interacted in harmony. Everything was perfect until . . .

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Oh no! They’re going to kick us out. Where are we going to stay now?

???

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Look at this place... let’s build a 100-storey condo on top of it!

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Community’s response . . . Fine!!! No condo! Just design what these people want...

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Site visit . . .

Wow, some people transformed this abandoned building into a home! It’s unfortunate that they got kicked out by the city...But it’s fascinating how they’ve shaped the interior using anything that was available to them to create different spaces. I don’t want to completely trash what they have created. I’ll use what’s left as a base for the new design so it’s a space designed by the community!

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Post-development . . . SOCIAL GALLERY STAIR

RETAIL

STOREFRONT

SKYLIGHT

SOCIAL SPACE

ADMINISTRATION CASH/RECEPTION

MAIN ENTRY

SOCIAL SPACE BENEATH STAIR

INTERACTIVE DIGITAL GRAFFITI WALL

MULTIUSE ROOM

HERB/VEG. GARDEN

M

HERB/VEG. GARDEN

ARTIST EASELS

SKYLIGHT

OPEN STUDIO

W MECH. RM

WASH STATION DAY STORAGE LOCKABLE CANVAS STORAGE

STORAGE

FIRST FLOOR 32

CULINARY/ KITCHEN

OUTDOOR SOCIAL SPACE


SOCIAL GALLERY STAIR

EVENT/GALLERY/ DANCE STUDIO SOUNDBOOTH

SKYLIGHT OPEN TO BELOW

MUSIC STUDIO REMOVABLE SUSPENDED CANVAS

CHANGE ROOMS

SCREENPRINTING AREA

WORKSHOP WELLNESS OPEN TO BELOW

M

W SKYLIGHT

EQUIPMENT STORAGE

MECH. RM

BENCHES NOOK

STORAGE

SECOND FLOOR 33


C OM M U N ITY C EN TR E FOR A R T

FRONT ELEVATION ALONG OSSINGTON AVENUE

REAR ELEVATION (OUTDOOR SOCIAL SPACE AND PARKING LOT) 34


You can paint on this wall...

ELEVATION ALONG REBECCA STREET

...and on this wall too! Well, basically any of the walls!!

ELEVATION ALONG PARKING/REAR ENTRY 35


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RETAIL

CASH/ ADMIN/ RECEPTION

A few months after the development of the new and improved 21 OZ, the artist decided to take a look at what his old painting spot had become . . .

SOCIAL SPACE

CULINARY/ KITCHEN MULTI-USE STUDIO

M W/C W W/C

STORAGE

First Floor

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Hey! Welcome to 21 OZ! May I help you with something?

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Yeah, sure. I want to paint. Where can I do that? Can I buy art materials here too?

RETAIL

CASH/ ADMIN/ RECEPTION

SOCIAL SPACE

CULINARY/ KITCHEN

Yes!!! There’s a retail shop just to your left. The materials are at a discounted affordable price and a portion goes towards a charitable art organization. Anyway, there’s an open studio just over there, to your right. Enjoy your experience at 21 OZ!

MULTI-USE STUDIO

M W/C W W/C

STORAGE

First Floor

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What colours should I use for my fill, 3-D, and outline...?

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Cool space. There’s easels, day storage, canvas storage, a wash station, a lot of natural light coming from the windows and skylight, and a lot of surface space to paint on too...

RETAIL

CASH/ ADMIN/ RECEPTION

SOCIAL SPACE

CULINARY/ KITCHEN MULTI-USE M W/C STUDIO W W/C

STORAGE

First Floor

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It’s pretty cool how this wall becomes an easel...

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Finished my piece. Now what? What else does 21 OZ have to offer? Maybe I’ll check out that interesting stair I saw coming in...

RETAIL

CASH/ ADMIN/ RECEPTION

SOCIAL SPACE

CULINARY/ KITCHEN MULTI-USE STUDIO

M W/C W W/C

STORAGE

First Floor

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This stair kind of reminds me of the Guggenheim in New York City!

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Where’s that music coming from? MUSIC STUDIO EVENT/ GALLERY/ DANCE STUDIO

SOCIAL GALLERY STAIR

WELLNESS

M W/C W W/C

OPEN TO BELOW

STORAGE

Second Floor

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!!!!

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Hello! We were just wondering, is this building just for those artsy people now?

RETAIL

CASH/ ADMIN/ RECEPTION

SOCIAL SPACE

CULINARY/ KITCHEN MULTI-USE STUDIO

M W/C W W/C

STORAGE

First Floor

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Not at all! 21 OZ welcomes the whole community! Please feel at home. There’s a multi-use room with computers. Anyone can look online for opportunities. There’s even a kitchen down the hall that serves meals using herbs and vegetables grown in the backyard garden! If you have any questions, just let me know!


Cool space! There’s computers. We can look for jobs! There’s even a lounge and fun bean bag chairs we can sit on while looking at some of those artsy books...but let’s go check out our old hang out spot!

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RETAIL

CASH/ ADMIN/ RECEPTION

SOCIAL SPACE

CULINARY/ KITCHEN MULTI-USE STUDIO

M W/C W W/C

STORAGE

First Floor

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Nice space, huh, George? I can’t wait to hang out here more. It’s friendly, welcoming, and there’s all this nice art everywhere. Hey, look at that window in the ceiling...

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MUSIC STUDIO

RETAIL

Section Cut

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ADMIN./CASH RECEPTION


H/

WORKSHOP

MULTI-USE ROOM

OPEN STUDIO

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One afternoon . . . Super Kitten!

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Oh no! What does he want? Better hide! Perfect timing that the door is open!

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RETAIL

CASH/ ADMIN/ RECEPTION

SOCIAL SPACE

CULINARY/ KITCHEN MULTI-USE STUDIO

M W/C W W/C

STORAGE

First Floor

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MUSIC STUDIO EVENT/ GALLERY/ DANCE STUDIO

SOCIAL GALLERY STAIR

WELLNESS WORKSHOP M W/C W W/C

OPEN TO BELOW

STORAGE

Second Floor

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He’ll never find me here...

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I see you!

!!!!

To be continued . . . ? 73


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Thank you Papilado aka my Dad for literally everything. Where, what, who, and how would I be if you weren’t the most tough, strict, yet cheesy joker, supportive and loving father and friend that you are? Thank you for being present and for always striving to provide me with the best. Also, thank you for coming to understand my change of heart about “grades” in the last year or so. I need to acknowledge that because I know that was really, really difficult for you to accept! Ha-ha! Thank you to the rest of my family and friends for your constant patience, support, and for understanding my lack of presence over the years. Thank you for believing in me and my work even when I don’t sometimes. Thank you to all fellow design students who made it (congratulations!), especially Annie Hoang + Natalya Kulagina, Emine Alan, Srinalie Wijeyeratnie, Luisa Garcia, and Samira Hesami for all the laughs and unforgettable memories, for accepting and understanding my moods (the good + the ugly), for your friendship, and for making the past four (very long) years worthwhile. Thank you Vanessa Vilic-Evangelista for that discussion we had when we first met in 2008 when I was still stuck in the Architectural Technology program. Thank you for taking the time to inform me about the Interior Design program at the time, but also thank you for your support throughout the years! Thank you Karen White for your support during that particular time. It meant the world to me! Thank you Marcin Kedzior for opening my mind to new ideas about design and life, for your fun personality, and for convincing me that it’s okay to be different and break the rules sometimes (actually, all the time)! Thank you Zaiba Mian, Neal Prabhu, Omar Rivera, Craig Crane, Kelly Gluck, Lesley Taylor, and the professors already mentioned for all the crits and support for this thesis project and all other projects. Thank you for shaping me into the designer I am today. And last but definitely not least--thank you J.W. aka SKAM for allowing me to use your art in this book. Also, thank you for talking to me for literally hours and hours and hours and hours about Toronto’s graffiti history and graffiti in general. Because of our discussions, I believe my thesis was provided with a fairly solid base and would not be the same without your help! But thesis aside, thank you for shoving me out of my comfort zone, for your constant support since day one, and for believing in me. Also, thank you for always being passionate in everything you do. You are a great artist and inspiration. Oh, and thank you for the all the paint! (Well...) 77



Thesis 2013