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 (left), 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 (middle), urban researcher and photographer, originally from Chicago, is published on Pop-Up City, smart magazine, and CityStudio where she explores topics related to urban life. She’s interested in the relationship between people and their surroundings and believes that citymaking practices should be as diverse as the cities themselves. Haley has worked with organizations such as MODUS and Golfstromen in addition to volunteering with Gehl Institute and Project for Public Spaces.
Eleanor Arkin (right), 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 has been playing ping-pong since age 7 where her grandmother wouldn’t let her win until she earned it. She is interested is unravelling the infinite potentials of design through public engagement, "urban acupuncture", ecology, aesthetic sustainability, and storytelling.