Current Public Display of Affection

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Exhibition Details:Location:
Gladstone Gallery
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W

Exhibition Hours:
Sept 22-28, 2010
12pm-5pm DailyTo Download the Press Kit click here.

Press Preview:
Thurs, Sept 23, 2010 — 4-6pmOpening Reception:
Thurs, Sept 23, 2010 — 6-10pm

Forum Discussion: “What is good design?”
Sat, Sept 25, 2010 — 11-1pm

Curator Tours:
Sat, Sept 25 and Sun, Sept 26, 2010 — 1-2pm

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.

Media Contact:

Contact Jeremy Vandermeij at jeremy@publicdisplaysofaffection.ca or 647 309 5494

Click on the thumbnails below to see what we’ve been up to in the workshops.

Click on the thumbnails below to see some of the work completed thus far:

Founding Members:

Adam Harris // Parimal Gosai // Katherine Ngui // Jeremy Vandermeij

Manifesto:

➊ Everyone designs
➋ Nurture your awareness
➌ Create in the voids
➍ Design is alive

Participating Members:

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

10 Responses to “Current Public Display of Affection”

  1. [...] the demolition of 193 Dowling, that will be used by local designers to produce unique furniture for Edmond Place. A lot of the joists were over 16 feet long, which meant  we had to cut them down to fit into our [...]

  2. Hi! I read about your fantastic initiative in the Parkdale Villager and spoke to my friend Connie Chisolm about the project too. I am an established designer/maker of furniture and would like to donate a piece and hopefully be part of the show as well. I would also be happy to help out. I have a metal/welding shop at Lansdowne and Bloor and so may be able to offer a different and necessary skill to the furniture restoration process.

    Mainly, I’m really excited about and inspired by your philosphy and would love to meet with you and be part of what you’re doing. Please have a look at my website and let me know what you think.

    Many thanks,
    Clare S-T

  3. greg brook says:

    For the past 15years I have worked as a furniture designer and maker out of the Wood Studio. Iwould be very interested if participating in this project and donating a piece of furniture. If you could provide information as to do this please let me know. Thanks very much greg brook.

  4. Hi I was talking with Heidi Earnshaw about this project . I really like what you are doing and would like to donate a piece and hopefully be part of the show as well. I am an artist/ furniture designer who works with found objects and material that is usually destian for the landfill.
    Thanks Daniel Durocher

  5. [...] exciting component of our current project is that talented, local designers are volunteering their resources, skills and time to design and [...]

  6. Victor says:

    Hi,
    I am trying to find the images of the coffee tables designed by the Sheridan students?

    Thanks and you guys are the greatest

  7. katherine says:

    Hi Victor,
    We should have these up soon either on the site or the blog. Or email Adam if you’d like them sooner!

  8. [...] more about how Public Displays of Affection is working with PARC to furnish Edmond Place click here. Share and [...]

  9. Hi! I read about your fantastic initiative in the Parkdale Villager and spoke to my friend Connie Chisolm about the project too. I am an established designer/maker of furniture and would like to donate a piece and hopefully be part of the show as well. I would also be happy to help out. I have a metal/welding shop at Lansdowne and Bloor and so may be able to offer a different and necessary skill to the furniture restoration process.
    +1

  10. katherine says:

    Hi! Sorry it took us so long to reply we have been knee deep in planning the PDA exhibition Sept 20-29 at the Gladstone Hotel! Can you email me at jeremy@publicdisplaysofaffection.ca to chat more?

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