Although this event happened last week, I think it’s significance is important to share particularly because this weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving.
Public Displays of Affection is a group of dedicated volunteers who use design as a tool to shape, build and improve society. They do this to be active in their community but more importantly they believe that their love for their community will bring about positive changes. Founding members are Adam Harris, Parimal Gosai, Katherine Ngui, and Jeremy Vandermeji.
➊ Everyone designs
➋ Nurture your awareness
➌ Create IN THE VOIDS
➍ Design is alive
And this is what they did:
Public Displays of Affection (PDA) for Edmond Place is an exploration in community-engaged design. In early 2009, PDA partnered with Edmond Place – a ground-breaking new affordable housing development in Parkdale – to find alternatives to the often institutional furnishing options typical of subsidized housing. The result: Local designers, businesses and community members have come together to design and build over 60 pieces of furniture and accessories to be donated to the project. The exhibition celebrates the countless hours and valuable skills that have gone into this first PDA of its kind.
ABOUT EDMOND PLACE:
The Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) is a social agency that has been operating a storefront drop-in centre in Parkdale for decades. Having started as a place to welcome the homeless, the disabled, and those with few resources, to provide meals and safe shelter for daytime activity, PARC has grown into an umbrella organization that does so much more. When the city of Toronto awarded PARC with the task of redeveloping the derelict building at the corner of Queen Street West and Dowling Avenue they saw an opportunity to create a model of housing from the loose bricks, broken boards and unfortunate memories that once inhabited the site. Edmond Place was proposed as an affordable housing project that will exemplify the best of design program and opportunity. It is being developed with the goal of being a model of independent, self-contained suites that will enhance the supportive and affordable housing sector.
Boychuk+Fuller, Lucas Brancalion & Jeremy Cox, Lubo Brezina, Brothers Dressler, David Chang, Connie Chisholm, Heidi Earnshaw, Kathryn Glinski & Margaret Stagg, Sinziana Iordache & Serafima, Korovina, Marco Jacob, db johnson, Enoch Khuu, Deanne Lehtinen & Christina Zeidler, Dennis Lin, MADE, Clayton Mcmaster, Crawford Noble, Christina Ott, Adriana Romano & Henry Salonen, James Smith, Studio Junction, Mark Tan, Tyco Tat, Tinsel & Sawdust, Sissel Marie Tonn, TUG – Toronto Upcycling Group
Here are some of the amazing creations I saw:
Old Empire Dresser Credenza by Heidi Earnshaw Design – Reclaimed 19th Century walnut dresser (weathered in a fallen barn in Southern Ontario), reclaimed spruce floor joists from Edmond Place.
A TABLE MADE FROM MATERIAL GATHERED FROM THIS SITE. DISCARDED AND GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE.
Slab D-Table by Brothers Dressler – Reclaimed spruce floor joists from Edmond Place.
Message Boards by Lucas Brancalion & Jeremy Cox – Reclaimed spruce floor joists from Edmond Place, chalk board, cork board, and white board from a local learning centre that has closed down and found neighbourhood streets.
Dining Chairs by David Chang – Maple Windsor chairs, abandoned in the basement of his apartment, copper pipes from a plumber, copper elbows from the hardware store.
Island by Studio Junction – Re-Purposed, engineered lumber & workshop off-cuts, plywood, poured concrete.
I’m thankful that I’m part of a community that cares about it’s neighbours and I’m inspired by the love, generosity and innovation of these designers.
What are you thankful for?
Wishing you a wonderful long weekend.