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More Hitting the Benchmark photos…

I finally got my old rolls of film developed! Here are a few straggling memories of the Hitting the Benchmark launch party:

Me sitting on “The Chess Set”

My partner in crime, Tom Rowlinson, standing besides “The Beehive”

The team all together! The one in the middle is Radu Juster, architect for Campus & Space Planning at McGill, also - our project leader and a great guy.

— 3 years ago with 3 notes

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The video is done, the video is done!!

The finale to Hitting the Benchmark. Thanks to everyone who supported us on this project, it was a lot of fun.

— 3 years ago with 2 notes

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Volunteer for Journee des Bons Voisins!

Ruepublique (formally Car Free Mile End) is presenting this season’s first road closure/street party on St. Viateur. June 18th will henceforth be known as Journee des Bons Voisins (translation, day of good neighbours).

The main objective is to celebrate the best aspects of enhanced public space, as well as to promote Mile-End’s strengths: sense of community, creativity and conviviality.

 The programming will include an artisan’s market (in collaboration with Old Skool Crafts) in the basement of St-Michaels church, bike repair workshops, music, yoga in the street, kiosks animated by community groups, youth and physical activities organized by the YMCA, public art, as well as participation by local merchants.

This year I’m sitting on the committee so contact me if you live in Montreal and have a couple of hours to spare on Saturday, June 18th. We’re looking for people to help set up, watch the traffic barriers, and generally float around making sure everyone is having a good time.

My contribution to Journee des Bons Voisins also includes a public art structure made of stacked recycling bins. Some of the bins will be used as planters, others as seating, and more just to create a cool maze / structure that will provide an urban oasis in the middle of the street. I’m really excited about this because this year we will be bringing up the benches from Hitting the Benchmark to provide even more seating.

— 3 years ago with 1 note

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Opening remarks footage from the Unveiling of Hitting the Benchmark.

Thanks to our supervisor Radu Juster, Architect at Campus & Space Planning for McGill University for filming this.

— 3 years ago with 4 notes

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I’m talking about Hitting the Benchmark at 2:30 PM, come stop by to CO-LAB!
SPACE & ARCHITECTURE2.30 Thomas Rowlinson and Zoe Koke — Ilot d’Art2.50 Debbie So — Hitting the Benchmark3.10 Don Toromanoff — Gagatecture: Building / Body Monsters3.30 Stephen Froese — Space for Cyborgs: Some Ideas and Propositions on Technology and Architecture3.50 Sasha Plotnikova — Performativity, Intersubjectivity, and the Phenomenology of the Built Environment
(+ many more speakers…)
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CO-LAB is an informal idea-sharing event that will take place for the first time on june 3, 2011. a wide variety of academic and creative projects will be presented over the course of the afternoon.because interdisciplinarity is not yet built into our university curriculum, we rarely hear enough about what friends in other fields are working on. this is a chance to share knowledge that we have gathered over the past few years, and to learn from others. you are welcome to drop in and drop out over the course of the day. sangria and snacks will be available by donation; potluck-style snack contributions are welcome.questions? email colabmtl@gmail.com

I’m talking about Hitting the Benchmark at 2:30 PM, come stop by to CO-LAB!

SPACE & ARCHITECTURE

2.30 Thomas Rowlinson and Zoe Koke — Ilot d’Art
2.50 Debbie So — Hitting the Benchmark
3.10 Don Toromanoff — Gagatecture: Building / Body Monsters
3.30 Stephen Froese — Space for Cyborgs: Some Ideas and Propositions on Technology and Architecture
3.50 Sasha Plotnikova — Performativity, Intersubjectivity, and the Phenomenology of the Built Environment


(+ many more speakers…)

dstamour:

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CO-LAB is an informal idea-sharing event that will take place for the first time on june 3, 2011. 

a wide variety of academic and creative projects will be presented over the course of the afternoon.

because interdisciplinarity is not yet built into our university curriculum, we rarely hear enough about what friends in other fields are working on. this is a chance to share knowledge that we have gathered over the past few years, and to learn from others. 

you are welcome to drop in and drop out over the course of the day. sangria and snacks will be available by donation; potluck-style snack contributions are welcome.

questions? email colabmtl@gmail.com

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— 3 years ago with 1 note

#hitting the benchmark  #montreal  #event 

Here are the educational posters that accompany our final benches for Hitting the Benchmark, designed by yours truly.

Apologies that the text is so small, I put up an image instead of a pdf.

Hint: Pictures from the launch event to come!

— 3 years ago with 1 note

#hitting the benchmark  #design  #myself 
Activists Undermine San Francisco’s No Sitting Law with DIY Benches
Here’s a great article from the people at GOOD that helps put DIY urban furniture into a social context.

Back in November, San Francisco voters passed a law criminalizing sitting and lying on sidewalks between 7:00 a.m. and  11:00 p.m. This controversial “sit-lie ordinance” was supported by Mayor  Gavin Newsom and by the Chamber of Commerce, because, they argued,  having homeless people napping or resting on the streets makes them less  hospitable to everyone else. Opponents of the law argued that it would  simply give police license to harass the poor.
Now police are beginning to enforce the law, giving sitters and liers preliminary warnings, and even ticketing one “chronic relaxer.” In response, a group of activists has started installing DIY benches on  the streets, made with wood from discarded pallets, so homeless people  can rest legally.
As the San Francisco Bay Guardian reports:

The do-it-yourself bench installation was accompanied by a statement.  “These benches are more than places to sit,” the message reads. “They  are a visible resistance to the privatization of public space.” It goes  on to list a number of reasons behind the action, beginning with, “We  believe that public space should be for everyone, and right now it is  being taken away from those of us who need it most. Those of us whose  presence in San Francisco has made our city the radical and creative  haven it has been for decades. Those of us who have the least access to  private spaces (which continue to get more and more unaffordable) and  whose safety nets (like our shrinking public services) are being  continuously destroyed.”


When we were designing the proposal for Hitting the Benchmark we were aware that public space is being divided by the have and the have-nots. It seems as though owning property is a prerequisite to enjoy public property and more and more measures - be they through policy or design - are being created to keep (unwanted) people (those without private space) out of the public domain.
Here’s an excerpt from our section on design requirements:

The benches will be designed to be accessible. Given that so much of existing public furniture is consciously designed to obstruct loitering and by extension “unwanted” social groups, our bench will favour accessibility to provide rest and comfort for all. 

I.e. Public space is public!

Activists Undermine San Francisco’s No Sitting Law with DIY Benches

Here’s a great article from the people at GOOD that helps put DIY urban furniture into a social context.

Back in November, San Francisco voters passed a law criminalizing sitting and lying on sidewalks between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. This controversial “sit-lie ordinance” was supported by Mayor Gavin Newsom and by the Chamber of Commerce, because, they argued, having homeless people napping or resting on the streets makes them less hospitable to everyone else. Opponents of the law argued that it would simply give police license to harass the poor.

Now police are beginning to enforce the law, giving sitters and liers preliminary warnings, and even ticketing one “chronic relaxer.” In response, a group of activists has started installing DIY benches on the streets, made with wood from discarded pallets, so homeless people can rest legally.

As the San Francisco Bay Guardian reports:

The do-it-yourself bench installation was accompanied by a statement. “These benches are more than places to sit,” the message reads. “They are a visible resistance to the privatization of public space.” It goes on to list a number of reasons behind the action, beginning with, “We believe that public space should be for everyone, and right now it is being taken away from those of us who need it most. Those of us whose presence in San Francisco has made our city the radical and creative haven it has been for decades. Those of us who have the least access to private spaces (which continue to get more and more unaffordable) and whose safety nets (like our shrinking public services) are being continuously destroyed.”

When we were designing the proposal for Hitting the Benchmark we were aware that public space is being divided by the have and the have-nots. It seems as though owning property is a prerequisite to enjoy public property and more and more measures - be they through policy or design - are being created to keep (unwanted) people (those without private space) out of the public domain.

Here’s an excerpt from our section on design requirements:

The benches will be designed to be accessible. Given that so much of existing public furniture is consciously designed to obstruct loitering and by extension “unwanted” social groups, our bench will favour accessibility to provide rest and comfort for all.

I.e. Public space is public!

— 3 years ago with 2 notes

#urban  #social issues  #homelessness  #hitting  #hitting the benchmark 
Poster for Hitting the Benchmark!
Reminder: Hitting the Benchmark is unveiling this Friday, April 8th from 2-4 pm. Everyone from the Montreal community is invited to come celebrate at the Leacock Terrace on McGill Campus!

Poster for Hitting the Benchmark!

Reminder: Hitting the Benchmark is unveiling this Friday, April 8th from 2-4 pm. Everyone from the Montreal community is invited to come celebrate at the Leacock Terrace on McGill Campus!

— 3 years ago with 1 note

#montreal  #event  #hitting the benchmark 

Hitting the Benchmark was on CKUT 90.3 All Things McGill yesterday. Here’s a clip for your listening pleasure…

— 3 years ago

#montreal  #event  #hitting the benchmark