By now, frida&frank has five custom-made ping pong tables that have popped up at over 25 different locations across Vancouver. Their pop-up ping pong sessions have had various themes, such as a PING PONG x BIKE-IN, a PING PONG x DISCO and a PING PONG x POPCORN edition. With these various themes, frida&frank tries to attract different, new locals each time, aiming for inclusive placemaking.
While Pop-Up Ping Pong is an extremely nice activity during sunny summer days, Vancouver isn’t exactly California — the city is famous for its rainfall and cold weather. This triggered frida&frank to launch a new initiative, named Cure(eos)city: Exploring Placemaking through Seasonal Effective Design. With this project, they explore the seasonal transformation of public spaces in Vancouver, and look for innovative solutions that keep public spaces attractive through all seasons. Through a tactical urbanism approach, they give the placemaking practice back to the community. Together, locals can co-create seasonal effective design practices that keep Vancouver’s public spaces attractive and lively places, even during wintertime, and contribute to stronger communities.
To kickstart their project Cure(eos)city, frida&frank has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. To back this up and create more enthusiasm around placemaking, they’ll be joining next month’s Placemaking Week in Amsterdam, where they will host special workshop.