DESIRE AND THE CITY: a citizen’s abandoned-lot design consultancy at

Possible Futures: What is to be done?
The Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Srimoyee Mitra

image credit: Joshua Babcock and participants: Pearl Van Geest; Guylaine Tousignant; Patrick Bodnar; Sara Howie & Joshua Babcock; Lee Rodney & Andy Kaufman; Kiki Athanassiadis; Nicholas Darroch, Rachel Darroch, Michael Darroch & Michele Gnanamuttu; Arturo Herrera


The workshops for DESIRE AND THE CITY: a citizen’s abandoned-lot design consultancy, were held at, Civic Space (Windsor ON), with the assistance of Broken City Lab. 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:

Pearl Van Geest
Guylaine Tousignant
Patrick Bodnar
Sara Howie
Joshua Babcock
Laura Shintani
Arturo Herrera
Nicholas Darroch, Rachel Darroch, Michael Darroch & Michele Gnanamuttu

Additional participants during Culture Days, on September 27, 2013.

Ken Giles
Lee Rodney
Andy Kaufman
Oona Mosna
Nadja Pelkey

Site photographs by Kiki Athanassiadis.
Documentation photographs by Joshua Babcock and Kiki Athanassiadis.
Workshop assistant (2014): Hiba Abdallah

Street map segments were reproduced from the City of Windsor’s online city maps produced by the department of Engineering – Development & Geomatics, City of Windsor.

Many thanks to Lee Rodney for her assistance and support in the exhibition design.

Kiki Athanassiadis would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.