Adrian Blackwell is an artist, designer and urban theorist whose work focuses on the relation between physical spaces, and political/economic forces. He has exhibited work at artist-run-centers and public institutions across Canada, in the 2005 Shenzhen Biennale, the 2011 Chengdu Biennale and at London’s Architectural Association. He was a collaborator on the winning entry for Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square International Design Competition. He has curated exhibitions, including Detours: Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China, organized symposia, and writes regularly about the intersections of art, architecture and urbanism. His current research focuses on urbanization in contemporary China, the paradox of public space and the disappearance of public housing in North America. He was a member of Toronto’s Anarchist Free School and The Toronto School of Creativity and Inquiry. He has taught architecture and urbanism at Chongqing, Michigan, Harvard and Toronto Universities and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo.
Seth Denizen is a designer and researcher trained in landscape architecture and evolutionary biology. Since completing research on the sexual behavior of small Trinidadian fish, his work has focused on the aesthetics of scientific representation, madness and public parks, the political ecology of desertification, and most recently the design of taxonomies for the mapping and historical analysis of urban soil. He currently lives in Hong Kong, where he teaches in the Division of Landscape Architecture at Hong Kong University.
Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent writer, translator and researcher based in Mexico City. In 2012, she published a collection of essays about art, culture, cinema and geopolitics: Alotropías en la trinchera evanescente: estética y geopolítica en la era de la guerra total (BUAP). Her work about cinema, the Palestine Question, art, culture and neoliberalism has been translated to French, English, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Serbian. She is teaches a course at the Esmeralda National School of Sculpture, Paitning and Engraving in Mexico City.
Jane Hutton is a landscape architect and Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is director of the GSD Materials Collection in the Frances Loeb Design Library, and her research focuses on the expanded relations of construction materials used in landscape architecture. In 2010, she curated Erratics: A Genealogy of Rock Landscape, an exhibition that looked at the cultural and scientific antecedents to contemporary design’s interest in geology.
Marcin Kedzior is a writer, journal editor, urban thinker, experimental dancer and educator focusing on critical theory and collaborative urban improvisations. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queen’s University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto, and SEED certification from the GSD at Harvard. He teaches interior design at Humber ITAL and has taught architecture theory and studio at the University of Toronto. He was on the winning team of the Nathan Philips Square revitalization which won the Toronto Urban Design Award. Currently he is working on various design-build collaborations with students that include public spaces, social pavilions and an eco-village. By considering both the construction and inhabitation of spaces as social performances of people and materials, Kedzior attempts to deal with the necessarily dynamic, improvisatory and contingent aspects of bodies, materials, plans and programs.
Toronto-based artist, writer and architect Christie Pearson works in collaboration to produce interdisciplinary events, performances and installations which amplify our bodies’ relation to our natural and constructed environments. Research on global bathing traditions fuels her work. She is a co-founder of the WADE festival of installation and performance art ; produces sound events in bathing environments with Thewaves; and is a member of the performance collective Urbanvessel. Christie has a Masters in Architecture from Cornell University; she is currently teaching Architectures and Cultures of Bathing, making architecture, writing, and taking baths.