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. She is currently based in Rotterdam and working on projects with STIPO around placemaking and seasonal effective design in cities.
Haley Roeser is an urban researcher and social designer originally from Chicago. She is currently working with IBI Group with THiNK writing editorials, and doing research. 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 is currently fabricating ping-pong tables, and repurposing waste through design in her studio at Makerlabs. She graduated from UBC SALA’s Environmental Design Program with an interest in placemaking, ethnobotany, and design philosophy. In August she is the cook for Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Toolkit program in 2016 and 2017 teaching food-waste management. She is interested is unravelling the infinite potentials of design through public engagement, "urban acupuncture", ecology, aesthetic sustainability, and storytelling. Challenge her to a ping-pong match.