Reflex is a collaborative partnership between elise antoniadis and Darian Razdar
Elise Antoniadis is a life-long Torontonian who is committed to shifting planning power from the government and private developers to everyday people and their communities. She has completed two degrees at the University of Toronto — a BA in Political Science and Ethics, Society & Law and a MSc in Planning. Elise supports the idea that planning can become a tool for community autonomy, self determination, and our collective liberation from heteronormativity, systemic racism and the ongoing legacies of colonialism. Their work is informed by their experience as a youth worker in North York, developing community engagement strategies for a public park project led by Campbell House Museum and the Grange Community Association, in addition to working at the Jane and Finch Centre to develop facilitation guides and urban planning toolkits for the community’s use. Outside of this work, she loves to illustrate absurdist images, ride their bike into oblivion, and work on their novice jazz-drumming chops.
Darian Razdar is a researcher, organizer, and writer. Darian participated in Masters of Planning program at University of Toronto, and he holds Bachelors degrees in Social Theory & Practice and French & Francophone Studies from the University of Michigan (2018). His past work includes organizing with the Grace & James Lee Boggs School, Michigan Student Power, radfun, University of Michigan Residential College Student Union, as well as public realm project management at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Darian’s research has included participatory and theoretical engagements with urban geography and planning in Detroit, Paris, and Toronto. Darian is currently a member of the Bricks & Glitter collective and founding collaborator at reflex urbanism.