At frida&frank we work as urban catalysts to change people’s perspectives on public space. We believe in placemaking through experiential learning and play, prioritizing impact over outcome. We see our cities as urban ecosystems and believe in nurturing a symbiotic relationship between people and their environment.
As women in urbanism we are also interested in creating a community that supports each other’s creative endeavors. By approaching placemaking with an intersectional lens we draw from disciplines such as art, music, ecology and cuisine to bring new approaches into practice. Most importantly, we believe in the power of conversation and collaboration. Please reach out with any ideas or opportunities you’d like to share. We look forward to working with you!
Renée Miles, anthropologist and gardener, originally from the Netherlands, has previously set up placemaking projects in The Hague (NL) in collaboration with the New World Campus and INBO Architects. Since her arrival in Vancouver she has worked at City Farmer as a gardener and with Project for Public Spaces (NY) during the Placemaking Week in September 2016. Alongside she also volunteered with the Vancouver Public Space Network and did freelance work with Happy City.Renée is interested in exploring and creating connections between people as well as between people and places and strongly believes that stronger social ties can transform the cities we live in.
Haley Roeser is an urban researcher and social designer originally from Chicago. Her research highlights social dynamics of the metropolis and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. She has spent the last five years working in Vancouver and researching architectural history and local socio-geographic relations. Currently Haley is working on a publication called good publi(c)ity which looks to understand citizenship dichotomies in an increasingly globalized world. Beyond research, Haley occasionally writes articles exploring other facets of urban life which can be found online at Pop-Up City, smart magazine, and CityStudio.
Eleanor Arkin, designer and chef, is originally from Berkeley, California. She recently graduated from UBC SALA’s Environmental Design Program with an interest in tactical urbanism and placemaking. She has been living in Vancouver for 5 years now, and worked with Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Toolkit program in 2016 and 2017. She is interested is unravelling the infinite potentials of design through public engagement, "urban acupuncture", ecology, aesthetic sustainability, and storytelling.
Since 2013 Renske Maria works as independent architect and artistic-researcher. In February 2017 she started her doctoral research at KU Leuven.
Always motivated to think and do Renske Maria initially started her studies in Fine Art and Philosophy, but finished her BSc and MSc in Architecture at the Technical University Delft. During her architecture studies she also followed courses in urban anthropology and worked for architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger, Amsterdam and Atelier Li Xiaodong, Beijing.
From 2009 to 2011 she was part of Vision included; a co-initiated, pro-active design practice and discussion platform. From 2013 to 2016 she was part of ALEPH; a co-initiated artistic-research laboratory for the exploration of progressive heuristics focusing on philosophy as creative practice in its own right. If you feel inspired please feel free to contact us about possible collaborations.