STEPHEN ROBERT GIRIMONTE • KATELYN ASHLEY LEUNG • ODEL LINETSKA  • KEVIN ANTHONY HIOE• HIMASHI WICKRAMASINGHE • SHARON RACHEL WIDANAGAMA • ROUTAO WANG • GLADYS CHING NAM LEE
Assembly for Assembly

Making ‘Third’ Places for Socializing



ASSEMBLY FOR ASSEMBLY is an urban interventionthat aims to make the third places mobile and bring them to all Parkdale residents, especially to seniors andpeople with disabilities who have difficulties travelingto a permanent gathering space. Portable pavilions are stored within an open scaffolding structure when theyare not being used.These pavilions have retractable canopies that can be brought to individual homes within the neighbourhood,and expanded to provide a large platform allowing all kinds of activities. The open scaffolding structure is anextension of Gallery 1313, serving both as a storage forthe pavilion units and a place for exhibitions.
           







Dolores, 79, Tibetan neighborhood grandma

“A lot of residents in Parkdale, myself included, don’t have enough space in their houses to gather with friends and family. Everyone meets outdoors at restaurants or outside shops. However, I can’t even do that. My age prevents me from traveling far to visit my family. When my precious grandchildren come over we can’t sit in my living room because it is so small. We can’t go to restaurants because they are too far for me to go. Even if it was close by, we can not afford to pay to sit there. I used to love to walk around this neighbourhood and see the diverse community and everyone chatting. I hear from my basement tenant Mr. Tran that there are a lot of artists in the area. I have only seen his works but would love to see what others create. I wish I could meet with my friends and make some art as well.”



Mr. Tran, 48, Artist/Maker

“As a local artist who practices out of my apartment, it can get crowded with my supplies and materials. I would love to expand my workspace outdoors from time to time but don’t know where to go. An outdoor gathering space would allow me to meet new residents and showcase some of my artwork to potential clients. I also have trouble getting around the neighborhood because I cannot afford a vehicle. I sympathize with my neighbor Dolores who also has ccessibility issues and feel that Parkdale needs spaces that the elderly can easily travel to and feel apart of the community.”



 




Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.