Kiki Athanassiadis (born Montréal, Canada) completed her MFA studies in Toronto and is currently living and working in Windsor, Ontario. One of her recent projects explored the collaborative aspects of the printmaking studio. Her participatory project Desire and the City: a citizen’s abandoned lot design consultancy was presented at Civic Space in 2013, and was also part of the 2014 Triennial exhibition, at the Art Gallery of Windsor.
DESIRE AND THE CITY: a citizen’s abandoned-lot design consultancy
CIVIC Space, Windsor, Ontario
photo credit: Joshua Babcock
Over two weekends in the fall of 2013, artists, students and members of the community came together to explore empty lots in Windsor’s downtown area. Participants used a survey questionnaire to collect data at the sites and sketch observations and ideas. We then reconvened at Civic Space – our temporary pop-up design shop – where each participant created their designs for their chosen site. The survey form encouraged people to look closely at “abandoned” sites and to consider some of their positive features, while at the same time addressing their own desire for civic improvement.
Many thanks to Broken City Lab, and in particular, to Justin Langlois, Josh Babcock, and Hiba Abdallah. Civic Space was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The designs on photocopies were created by the participants in the design consultancy workshops, held on September 7 and 14, 2013 at Civic Space, Windsor, ON.