Katherine Gillieson  Design & Writing

York University design workshop: mapping identity

I visited Toronto in November to take part in the 2nd annual RGD Design Education Conference, and added onto this trip a fantastic visit to York University Department of Design; I was able to present some of my work in a public talk and 2-day mapping workshop which builds on past work in the area of mapping public spaces (see Virtual Itineraries), as well as the Granville Island mapping workshop undertaken at Emily Carr as part of The Commons event for 3rd year design students.

The workshop is exploratory and encourages participants to analyze  and re-interpret some aspect of a constrained geographic space; at York this was the campus itself. The goal is to achieve a speculative re-thinking of the space, in addition to representing it in some way. The student group was very diverse and enthusiastic and the outcomes of the project were similarly diverse; sound recordings, a book on the campus’ empty spaces, symbolic space diagrams and a mobile app are some of the outcomes produced. Thanks to the students and staff at York for making this visit possible!

 

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