URBAN ACTION WITH POETRY
Placemaking is Dangerous Placemaking is dangerous; because it changes things. This always threatens something. The making of Place starts as unformed thought groping for substance. Poetry explores how it may thrive, or else (misplaced, or lost and lacking delight) firmness and commodity muscle in, and make believe that value lies in the transaction rather than the transformative experience. Place
PUBLIC WASHROOMS: WHERE TO GO NEXT?
Growing up in a multi-generational immigrant family, the struggle to find available public washrooms was a constant struggle we faced. Whether it be finding a barrier-free washroom for my grandpa with Alzheimer’s who used a walker, or a family stall for my screaming cousin who refused to go into the womens toilets. We would be turned away at coffee shops and gas stations where staff ridiculed us
MST FUTURISM: HOSTING THE CITY
On December 3rd, 2020 Ta7talíya Paisley Nahanee and myself co-hosted MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City through a Matriarchal Lens with MST panelists Chief Janice George, Debra Sparrow, Angela George, Orene Askew, Cyler Sparrow Point, Salia Joseph, Sekawnee Baker, and Ocean Hyland from each of the Host Nations. The panel was specific to the context of what is currently known as Vancouver on our
The Fourth Place and Re-imagining the City
It’s 7 o’clock in the morning. I turn on my kettle to heat some water, adjusted the lighting in my living room and turned on my laptop to log into zoom: I was preparing to meet up with my friend for tea. Logging into a platform that was once reserved for work meetings has now become my primary mode of meeting up with friends. My living room has become our 3rd place. Third-place is a term I became
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