The statistical analysis has started
The front-side of our t-shirt
Team Windsor Revivers are back with even more exciting news. By the end of this weekend, we will have our team shirts! These will be used to show the public who we are, and it will also help you find us downtown when we are available with surveys and doing on-spot interviews. The front will show our project’s name (What Does Windsor Want?) and on the back you can find our group member’s names and respective degrees. Very soon we will have the surveys in hand. These surveys will help us gain more in-sight about what the people of Windsor want to see, and how they currently make use of the downtown. The statistical analysis has been started. So far it shows that almost 40% of the feedback received supports the idea of adding green walls! We will be experimenting with Photoshop to see how this might look, so stay tuned on Facebook. Solar-powered lights and better street lighting come into the second place. These results will be more accurate after conducting the surveys and speaking with some of you in person.
In our pervious blog post we have talked about placing posters around downtown. We finally got them up yesterday and one of our members noticed today that some of the link tabs had been pulled off! This means some of you are interested! At this time there is only one real problem! The wristbands are still in the USA on their way to us! Hopefully, however, they will make it here sometime next week and we can’t wait to share them!
We are continuing to work on our media attention, listen in and keep an eye out!
Project Introduction (What does Windsor want?)
One of the abandoned places in Windsor
We are team Windsor Revivers in Green Corridor, Fall 2012; we consist of four 4th year students; Khaldoun Merheb, Business Management, Salman Siddiqui, Electrical Engineering, Mandy Turner, Environmental Studies, and Simon Diew, Political Science.
This semester our group plans on researching and narrowing down what the people of the City of Windsor want. We feel that community appeal will be crucial parts of bringing people back down to the city’s heart, downtown. We will be paying a little more attention to City of Windsor cyclist safety in a hope to make this beautiful city more family friendly.
So far we are still in the beginning stages of developing our project. Some of our implementation strategies are to create a facebook page detailing abandoned areas, and asking about public input on what people wish to see in those locations. Another strategy is having on field research in the downtown area, in which we can present a survey for them to complete and get essential opinions from the people of this city.
THE DH CLUB PRESENTS OUR JOURNEY
THE DH CLUB PRESENTS OUR JOURNEY
Today, our group presented the story of our Green Furniture group. We have been slowly yet strongly developing a more concrete direction through intensive research. Our group is at the foundational stage which makes us rather unique to the other groups as they have more solid plans and direction. We have appreciated our classmates and professors support as we weed through the trials and tribulations of the early phases of project development.
During our presentation, we discussed the metamorphosis of our process – from Green Furniture ideas, to a gazebo using recycled materials, to an outdoor unconventional classroom, to research on various uses of space, to a potential business model for a second-hand furniture shop for students, to a drive-in bicycle movie theatre… As you can see there are many directions we are interested in pursuing.
The next step is to decide on the best idea! We are enjoying this experience – it has been fun, stressful, chaotic and a complete learning experience. Our ultimate desire is to create an idea, a structure, a product or design that will affect Windsor in some positive way.
An early research direction
A different perspective on space
The Jackson Park Overpass
Composting: A Greener Today, for a Greener Tomorrow.
To create a greener Windsor, we have to reduce, reuse, and recycle. This semester in the Green Corridor, our team is planning to create a composting system in which organic waste can be turned into nutritious compost that can be used for planting, and to encourage growth of healthy, organic vegetables. We will be collecting the organic waste from across the campus, thereby making a cleaner, greener University of Windsor. In co-ordination with other groups such as the Greenhouse team and urban agriculture team, we will help clean up the environment, inform the community and make a difference.
Our group consists of an enthusiastic group of students from different academic backgrounds which provide a broad perspective on the project. From Business, Aaron, Josh, and Shreya. From Engineering, Lie and Tim. From Sociology, Cole. From Enviromental Studies, Dan. Together, with our hard work we plan to spruce up the environment around the campus and ultimately, Windsor. With a Greener today, we can make a Greener tomorrow.
Open Corridor & Drive Thru Symphony: Culture to the NAFTA Highway
Canada’s busiest international border corridor was transformed into a drive-thru art gallery this summer by the University of Windsor’s Green Corridor. From June 18 to September 23, 2009, the Open Corridor Festival featured outdoor public art exhibitions, events and performances along the area identified as “the Green Corridor,” on Huron Church Road between College Avenue and Assumption High School.
The Drive Thru Symphony, which premiered on September 23, 2009, was a site-specific, real time installation and performance work that incorporated sight and sound while integrating vehicle traffic and drivers into a collaborative event. The stream of live sound from the musicians and the traffic was also broadcast over CJAM 99.1fm’s airwaves as it happened, encouraging contributions from those driving through the performance. Pictured above, students power instruments, lighting, and sound equipment by riding bicycles.
Featuring the work of ten artists with connections to Windsor and Essex County, the Open Corridor Exhibition, which opened on June 18, 2009, found public art installations, performances, and interventions at the edge of the NAFTA highway. Images from the exhibition are featured below, while a catalogue of the entire festival is currently in the works.
Auto Light by Kim Adams.
Ecology by Iain Baxter&.
Talking Trees by David Blatherwick.
Galileo by Noel Harding.
Wilt by Lucy Howe.
You Are Worth It by Justin Langlois.
Cooler Columns by Zeke Moores.
Border Bookmobile by Lee Rodney.
Corn Car by Rod Strickland.
Ear by Robert Weins.
Inside Outside Ecologies by Jennifer Willet.
The Open Corridor Festival was made possible by the generous support from the University of Windsor, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Festival Tents, Tom Gray Building Centres, UB Welding, and CJAM 99.1fm.