• Saturday 15 Oct 2016
  • Dreaming up the City We Want to Live in (Open)

    Parallel Events
    Venue: Parque Navarro (Parque De Las Tripas) Ladrón De Guevara Y Av. De Los Conquistadores
    Lead Organization:
    • United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).
    Partner Organizations:
    • Art Of Change 21,
    • FUI,
    • The Climate And Clean Air Coalition (CCAC),
    • WHO.

    On 17 October 2016, tens of thousands of international delegates, mayors, media, stakeholders and urbanists are expected to descend on Ecuador’s capital for the UN’s major urbanisation conference - commonly known as Habitat III.  For this occasion, UN Environment has teamed up with Art of Change 21 to organize a creative Maskbook workshop in Quito, Ecuador. This workshop open to everyone will be about creativity, using the imagination of Quito's citizens under the motto: Dreaming up the city we want to live in. The  workshop will encourage people to show their vision of a healthy, liveable city that is low-carbon, resource efficient and resilient; to show their ideas to reduce impacts from key areas such as mobility, housing, food, and leisure. 

    What? Maskbook is an artistic initiative which uses the original pollution mask, changing it from a symbol of fear to a symbol of hope. Chinese artist and photographer Wen Fang, a member of Art of Change 21 gave the activity its name when she referred to the question of pollution in China: “In China, since we all wear masks to protect us against the pollution, we say that Facebook for us should be renamed Maskbook.”FromBeijing to Nairobi and Paris, more than40 workshopsand 6 exhibitionshave already been held and have mobilized thousands of visitors. Its website Maskbook.org,  gathers an international gallery of portraits of masks in three languages (French, English and Chinese) with more than1500 participants from over 30 countries. 

    How? Create your mask using the emblematic anti-pollution mask. First of all, it is about creating a mask with recycled objects. Then, you and your mask will be photographed by a professional photographer. You will have the option to create a digital mask too. Finally, share your mask in Maskbook's international portrait gallery.

    When? Saturday 15 October 2016.

    Where? Parque Navarro, Quito, Ecuador