Reflex Urbanism is an emergent studio transforming the culture of cities.
We specialize in cultural planning, knowledge sharing, research, and engagement.
Darian Razdar is the founder and principal at Reflex Urbanism. Based in Toronto. darianrazdar.info
At Reflex, we believe in the power of culturally dynamic cities. We believe when city builders, artists, and cultural workers collaborate, equitable urban transformation happens.
Reflex specializes in cultural planning, knowledge sharing, research, and engagement. We produce studio projects and provide services to leading cultural organizations.
We work with organizations of all shapes and sizes to create evidence-based and adaptive cultural plans.
We organize events, publish information, and present research insights that influence discussions and make change.
We use creative and critical methods to investigate challenging questions around who, where, why, and how city cultures serve.
We hold workshops, trainings, guided tours, and focus groups to build bold visions for our future cities based on individual and community learning.
Community Land Research – Friends of Chinatown TO
Jun – Aug 2020
Investigated neighbourhood needs and assets and alternative models for community land ownership and community development benefits for a grassroots coalition.
Mapping Workshops + Trainings
We tailor our evolving mapping curriculum to our client’s goals, always with a focus on the elements of a map and how to make a map that tells a cultural story and builds community power. Clients include Unit 2, Inter/Access, Tamil Archive Project, Bricks & Glitter, countermap.land.
Community Engagement – Pride Toronto
Sept – Dec 2021
Series of strategy-building engagements with community members across the Greater Toronto Area, including survey, focus groups, interviews, pop-ups, and a town hall for the high-profile organization.
Place-Based Practices Roundtable
A moderated discussion featuring leading Toronto-based artists and activists around the questions, “What are place-based practices? How do they show up in your work? What purpose do they serve?”