Mental health break: baby polar bears go outside the den for the first time. OMG, I can’t even tell you how much I needed this today!
Yesterday I watched a screening of the Oscar nominated documentary, Gaslands. For me, it was of those experiences where I left the film feeling angry, saddened, and overwhelmed by what is happening to our countries water supply. The horrific damage fracking is causing to people, animals, and plants is something all citizens should be concerned about. I didn’t even know what fracking was...
Ethics For Artists →
“In the vertical career trajectory, climbing the ladder is taken very seriously by those climbing. Those at the top have to watch who is climbing up behind them, as well as who they are trying to step over to get to the very top. There are only so many options for getting to the top of one’s career by the standards set up by the gate keepers. Gate keepers have their own set of rules to climb...
Piet Oudolf’s Cold Weather Landscapes (NYTimes) →
“a garden should be designed to have a life throughout the year, not just in the spring and summer….If you make a four-season garden you have to learn to accept decay and see the beauty of it. It’s about the texture and shape, the seed heads and skeletons. So instead of using the scissors you use your eyes.” more here: Q&A: Piet Oudolf on Designing a Winter Garden
An interesting concept for new cities: A TOTAL REDESIGN OF OUR CULTURE, AND OUR CITIES The Venus Project is an organization with a plan for a new kind of humanity. It advocates “an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any social system that has gone before.” They claim to have a plan for a new world with cities that are built using the newest technologies,...
NYTimes Travel: 36 Hours in Brooklyn →
Wikipedia article on Mubarak already edited saying he WAS the president of...– wikipedia:Mubarak
Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation director, looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. He thinks all projects need to answer four questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it? Starr says that too many bad ideas are using up our limited resources and that by using these questions as a...
Why are artists' communities so important?
“Supporting today’s artists in the creation of new work is essential to human progress — not as a luxury, not as a leisure activity, but as a vital and necessary force in society. Artists’ communities are not about retreat; they are about advancement. Advancing creativity. Advancing human progress. Advancing the way we examine the world.” an estimated 500 artists’ communities in the...
Split Second invites the Brooklyn Museum’s online community to participate in a...– Brooklyn Museum: Split Second: Indian Paintings Very cool project underway at the Brooklyn Museum’s website. Do the online evaluation to help determine what will get in the show. It’s really fun, ancient Indian painting is super fascinating.
Pete Eckert – seeing without sight | LivingDesign (liz)
Goodbye to All That →
marsbot: As much as I love New York City, after 5+ years here I can understand why some people leave. I’d like to leave some day, if only for a moment and live someplace else. When and if that happens, I hope New York will understand and take me back when I’m ready. An Essay by Joan Didion: Part of what I want to tell you is what it is like to be young in New York, how six months can...
Twenty reasons why it's kicking off everywhere →
jhnbrssndn: Paul Mason, BBC News’ excellent Economics Editor: “We’ve had revolution in Tunisia, Egypt’s Mubarak is teetering; in Yemen, Jordan and Syria suddenly protests have appeared. In Ireland young techno-savvy professionals are agitating for a “Second Republic”; in France the youth from banlieues battled police on the streets to defend the retirement rights of 60-year olds; in Greece...
Lovely public art images from Urban Interventions and Trespass. (citybreaths) Credits: Click on the pictures to see where they come from. Related posts: Urban Interventions: Personal Projects in Public Space Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art
The Free Store is Lookin' Good!!!
brooklynskillshare: bkfreestore: Come check it out! Leave some stuff or take some stuff or perform an interpretive dance about all the snow we’ve been getting!!! See you around! the brooklyn free store is located at: Walworth St. Between Dekalb & Willoughby Ave (by the Home Depot). The closest train is the Bedford-Nostrand G.
16 Inventions That Boost Habitats, Humanity,... →