Baby Steps!

Every week that goes by becomes more and more challenging with new issues to overcome around every corner. We started out the week by sitting down and brainstorming to narrow down our ideas for our tour of the city.

At first, instead of narrowing down our ideas, brainstorming broadened them. We threw out any idea that came into our heads, and as silly as some were, we considered all of them. We decided to limit our ideas to family friendly ones, because there is already a pull to the downtown area for the young adults with the large nightlife. After a bit of research and heavy brainstorming, we came up with a feasible idea we could all agree on: a tour showing and educating the public on the invasive species that have moved into Windsor and the Detroit River. We wish to include research on plants, grass, trees, birds, insects, fish and other water-life. The tour could include places along the riverfront, parks near the downtown core and the plants brought in to decorate the streets. We aim to focus on what the native species are versus the invasive species. We will attempt to figure out if these invasive species were placed here intentionally or unintentionally (travelled here on their own). If the invasive species were put here intentionally, then why? Or, was there something else that could have been put in its place? These are questions we hope to solve in our research over the next few weeks. We plan to contact Science City, GLIER, and local elementary schools to see if they have thoughts on our idea. Ideally we would like this to possibly be used as a science class field trip, or a family day adventure to educate people on the city they live in. We have plans to look into perhaps making a website to advertise the tour, and making brochures either printed versions, printable online versions, or both.

As we mentioned last week, we have researched other city’s tour booklets and ideas. Recently we are reading about “psychogeography” to see if it is something we can incorporate into our tour. Psychogeography is the study of the laws and effects of the geographical environment, on the emotions and behaviours of individuals. We believe this is an interesting way to look at the simple idea of a tour, and that we can use it to perhaps force people off their normal paths and discover new things in Windsor!

Some definitions of Psychogeography by Guy Debord, who defined the term.

There is very exciting progress to be made in the next few weeks coming up! Stay tuned!

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Here we go..

After some exploring and brainstorming, we have decided to stick with our original plan of a “City Tour”.  The idea is basically a self-guided tour of Windsor, aimed at different locations that wouldn’t normally be noticed downtown. For example, a deeper guide of Windsor’s history, geology, art, etc.
For research, we are looking into other city’s tours that already exist and what kinds of ideas and tactics they use to lure people in.  We hope our tour will make people look at Windsor in a different way, and provide Windsorites and tourists with exciting things to do rather than just the Casino and Waterfront.
Windsor has many hidden gems and we’re going to find them!

This is an example of a booklet we had a chance to look at which had information on different places to visit in New York, specifically relating to geology. We plan on doing something similar with Windsor.


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