Drawing for Food is a new initiative that puts donated architectural drawings and illustrations up for auction with all proceeds going to Toronto Food not Bombs, to support their food outreach program.
This project aims to leverage architectural work to support vulnerable community members more directly. However, the broader aim of this auction project is to explore ways that architectural drawings can be used for public good. Realizing spatial projects of any scale typically relies on a financial backer: an owner, a client, an entity with a commercial interest, etc. The interests of the moneyed participant drive, or at least influence, the interests of the spatial project. But the instrument of drawing is entirely ours. It belongs to us, and as designers, we can decide what and how we draw, who we draw for, and who benefits from our work.
Drawing for Food have collected 27 drawings from various international practitioners – including:
- Peter Maerkli (Switzerland)
- Nathalie Du Pasquier (Italy)
- Salazar Sequero Medina (Spain/USA)
- Ultramoderne (USA)
- Edgar Rodriquez (Mexico/USA)
- Drawing Architecture Studio (China)
The auction website goes live as a gallery on November 1st, with bidding opening on November 24th and ending on December 1st. All the proceedings will go to Toronto Food not Bombs to support their food outreach program.