Adaptive Artifacts is an interactive art and technology project that explores how environmental conditions such as wind, temperature, and humidity impact human comfort in public spaces.
To support this exploration, data will be collected by a series of playful weather stations with embedded sensors, installed across The Bentway site, as well as through public surveys that track visitor’s thermal experience. All data collected will be anonymously fed to the website and displayed in real-time.
As both a site of active urban transformation and a catalyst for public participation in city-building, The Bentway’s unique microclimate presents an opportunity to investigate responsive architecture and its impact on the visitor experience.
The project is being developed through a partnership between The Bentway, industry partners (Entuitive Engineering, HOK, Turner Fleischer Architects) and academic partners.
The project will be deployed in multiple prototyping phases.
The Bentway works to ignite the urban imagination, using the city as site, subject, and canvas. Anchored under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and guiding its complex future, The Bentway is a growing public space, and much more. It is a new type of civic organization: an independent charity and a not-for-profit, powered by vital partnerships with the City of Toronto, residents, supporters, artists, creatives, city-builders, and dreamers. The Bentway is a catalyst rooted in experimentation, demonstration, and regeneration; leading a creative movement to re-imagine the opportunities of urban spaces.
Since Phase 1 of The Bentway – under the Gardiner from Strachan Ave to Fort York Blvd – opened in 2018, it has proven to be a vital public space, backyard park, cultural platform, connector for the western Waterfront corridor and a demonstration of what is possible. In partnership with the City of Toronto, The Bentway is creating a network of public spaces, developing a cohesive vision for wayfinding and reconnecting the waterfront to the downtown core.
We acknowledge that our work takes place on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and many other Indigenous nations. Tkaronto, “the place in the water where the trees are standing”, is now home to many diverse Indigenous people. We recognize them as the past, present and future caretakers of this land. We would like to pay our respects to all who have gathered and will continue to gather in this place. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work together to care for The Bentway lands and act as stewards of the space.