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Gas Station Workshop

Students will be given mini-journals to use for this workshop. The mini-journals will be collected at the end of the workshop.

Fig. 1: Northeast view of the gas station.

Believe it or not, there are Canadian guidelines for the design of gas stations. Of course, these address only some of the design elements, and virtually none of the engineering requirements for a gas station. That's why they're just guidelines. Still, they are relevant, because a gas station is part of the built environment and therefore contribute to the culture and way of life of the neighborhood in which it is situated.

The purpose of this workshop is to grapple with some of the issues involved in the design of a gas station, and to understand better the coupling between engineering requirements and other design requirements.

Consider the gas station shown below (located at the northeast corner of Dundas and Church Streets in Toronto).

The goal of the workshop is to design a new gas station for this location.

Fig. 2: Northwest view of the gas station.

Obviously, exact dimensions and sizes are not possible here. However, the general proportions and shapes can be determined reasonably well.

To see the variety of different gas station designs, try looking at these links:

Obviously, not every idea makes sense for the case of the station at Church and Dundas. However, all the different designs are trying to fit the station to its environment. They will all have some (possible abstract) features in common. What are those features? How can those features be applied to the Church/Dundas station?

Fig. 3: Satellite view of the gas station.

You cannot run the entire design process during this workshop - there isn't enough time. It is, however, possible to identify the key features and see how one can address the most important needs for this particular location.

While there are aspects of designing a gas station that are not conventional engineering, every decision about the design will impact the engineering of the station in some way. So it makes sense to try to think about both the engineering and non-engineering issues in parallel, to avoid “over the wall” design that is virtually guaranteed to be sub-optimal.

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