Vicissim: An innovative space for our innovative cities.


Name: Justina Yang

Nationality: Canadian

Institution / Company: University of Waterloo


Name: Andy Lee

Nationality: Canadian

Institution / Company: University of Toronto




Vicissim is an ever-changing grid of operable and occupiable platforms that is configured into various formations depending on what the community needs. Each platform is moved by a network of scissor lifts that are in turn digitally controlled by a computer – by assigning each platform a corresponding letter and number, the layout of the grid can be easily changed from a screen as often as every day. This flexible and dynamic grid system allows for the platforms to be arranged to act as seats, tables, and walls which provides the opportunity to create temporary spaces for people from all socioeconomic communities by offering room for local businesses to set up booths and market their products, while simultaneously creating surfaces to exhibit art or information anyone in the community wishes to display. This overlaps the retail and entertainment areas, blurring any boundaries between the two. The ability for each platform to rise individually also accounts for accessibility; with no stairs or ramps, anyone can access the upper levels. 2020 has demonstrated how rapidly the world can change. Vicissim’s design allows it to respond to these changes providing an inclusive and diverse space to further strengthen the social fabric of our cities.


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