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The art of walking in cities

by cecile

Us humans, we walk. That’s how it is.

In cities, walking might be a trivial action, but is also an opportunity to deconstruct the way we move, rethink the relationship between our body and the space around us, reinventing our conception of public space. When we shift the barriers of our environment, this simple act of walking has the capacity to shake up our understanding of space, but also our interaction with cities and the people in them. Then the more we walk, the more the city transforms, and we walk happier.

In March 2018, the Wellesley College in Boston (one of the oldest universities on the american east coast – still for women only), invited us to give a series of workshops as part of their Concert Series. Professor Jenny Olivia Johnson hosted members of our creative team, Mouna (co-founder), Rebecca (product and environment design) and Eva (technical lead) in her class, Studies in 20th Century Music: Interactive Sound Art with Electronics.

Together with her 18 students they worked to co-design and build an interactive sound installation prototype. In this collaborative effort they envisioned what would happen when a trivial sidewalk moves, shakes, rings, sings, rises or rotates… An opportunity to continue experimenting with the art of walking, a theme we presented a few times in our projects, such as Mesa Musical Shadows.

On Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 pm, Mouna will give a talk about participative design at Wellesley College, followed by a public presentation of the students’ prototypes.

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More about the art of walking:

Jean Verville’s dancing golden avenue
Hamish Furton’s walking performance
Walking on water with Christo in Italy

Let’s Play in Toronto!

by cecile

We all know the importance of parks within cities. But they also provide us with new ways to imagine them. (Also, we love trees. Hello!)

On Saturday, February 24th, our co-founder Mouna Andraos will be the keynote speaker at Park People’s Park Summit, Canada’s largest celebration of parks.

This year’s theme, Let’s Play: Montreal in Toronto will be hosted at Toronto’s Daniels Spectrum for a seriously inspiring look at play in parks and public spaces; it’s Canada’s largest gathering of park leaders and champions, planning and design professionals and city builders.

In her keynote, Mouna will present Daily tous les jours’ work creating large-scale interactive installation all across the continent. She will also discuss various strategies the studio has taken to integrate artwork in public spaces.

Let’s show Toronto how Montreal does it!

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