Problem Definition / Ideation

for Exterior Spaces 3/3

We’ve reviewed the Principles of Inclusive Design and collected some User Stories and Key Insights. In this final article, we explore the problem space, and prototype.

We focused on the issues residents faced living in a condo based on these themes- community, natural spaces and accessibility. We learnt about some common accessibility issues from watching the condo design challenge with the founder of StopGap Foundation.

We started off by reframing the problem statement, synthesized our solutions and categorized them into three themes.

Involve communities in the planning process to ensure inclusivity in the design? 
Foster connections in disengaged communities?
Build functional spaces for inclusive communities that are green, accessible, engaging and future proof?


Engagement: music, arts, digital and fitness activities, potluck, develop programs, play area, quiet rooms
Safety: fenced-in spaces (childproof), surveillance cameras, security access
Communication: large print message boards, digital board signage, social community app
Infrastructure: wi-fi portal, spaces to work and study, educational space 
Volunteer: sign-up opportunities, food delivery services, provide handyman assistance


Natural Habitat: dog park, sanctuary for plants, animals, insects
Nature+Education: learn about gardening, planting, composting, science and painting in the park
Natural Spaces: natural light and shade, waterfall/ fountain, vertical gardens, hammock, greenhouse, raised garden boxes


Accessibility Features: motion sensor doors, extended door openings, voice recognition access, rest areas along paths, ramps, wider paths, sound proofing, assistive listening devices
Weather Proofing: outdoor heaters, heated walkways, gazebo, shelters, shade, solar canopy

Examples of spaces that include these features
Toronto — Grange Park, Harbourfront, Shops at Don Mills 
Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Millennium Park in Chicago


Our prototype features double towers with integrated solar panels. A courtyard sits in between the buildings that include a pool and water fountain. To allow maximum foot traffic and engagement in this space, residents have to weave through the center hub to get to the lobbies; think of IKEA’s navigation.

Sketches of the towers
Prototype of Towers

The play area is situated on the fourth floor for security purposes as it requires building access. For sound proofing measures, the event spaces are on the rooftop. There is a race/ walk track, possibly on glass, that will go around both towers.


A product, service or system that is designed for everyone is an empty promise. Put people first. Build the diverse experiences of individuals and their abilities into your design process.

Design a space where people can express themselves through imagination, craftmanship and movement. These forms of expression bring people together.

Inclusive Design teams (top left) + my team Connext (Andrea, Russell, Sweeky, Vien)

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