Top Row (Left to Right): Anze Zadel, Bonnie Netel, Charles Chawalko, Joshua Barndt and Shirley Bucknor
Bonnie Netel is from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, or the Pocono Mountains for those familiar with Northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Architecture program at Philadelphia University. During her five years at Philadelphia University, she served as the Team Captain for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) community service organization, Freedom by Design. As the Team Captain, she led students to design and build for those with limited mobility in the Philadelphia community. Her passion to investigate urban transformation and social need has led her to the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program at the Parsons The New School for Design.
Charles Chawalko is a jack-of-all-trades urbanist born and raised in New York City. Personally experiencing 9/11 and growing up mere blocks from Ground Zero, he became focused on all pursuits concerning history, politics, and community development. He graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center with a B.A. in History back in 2010. During his academic career, he took on research projects in a smattering of subjects, such as Medieval Europe, Developing South Politics, US Foreign Policy, American Suburbanization, or NYC Politics; and, it all culminating in a research thesis on Toleration Under the Sun: An Analysis of Norman Political Administation and Adaptations to Greco-Arab Sicily. After graduation, he worked in the design retail world; and, he became involved in various community efforts – including one to protect his Mitchell-Lama development from privatization. Understanding the currents of Neoliberal economic policies in today’s politics and the adverse conditions it has on local communities, he was inspired to join the M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies program. He is also an avid audiophile, persistent concert-goer, and advocate in the New York music scene.
Joshua Barndt is a professional community-based artist and curator with a specialization in mural making, documentary video, and sculptural installation. He completed his BFA in 2008 in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. As a community artist, Barndt coordinates participatory public art projects with youth and adults in under-served neighborhoods in Toronto. In 2011 Barndt was recognized for his exceptional work in this area, receiving the Toronto Arts Foundation’s first ever Artists for Community Engagement(ACE) Award. As an emerging curator, Barndt specializes in facilitating art projects that activate the public realm with a focus on the material (e.g., use of recycled materials), social (e.g., engagement of specific communities), and spatial and temporal contexts (e.g., site-specific interventions) of the urban environment. As the program director of Whippersnapper Gallery, a radical government funded emerging artist centre based in Toronto, Barndt has curated over 18 exhibits and public art projects. He has additionally played a key administrative role in multiple emerging arts organizations in Canada. These roles include; Co-Director of the Art Matters Festival 2008 (Montreal), Coordinator of Youth Week of Art and Activism 2009 (Toronto), and the Executive Producer of Late Night in the Bedroom from 2009-2010 (Toronto). www.joshuabarndt.com