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    considered the father of modern earth sheltered architecture He has writen several articles and books published by himself about underground structures gentle building and passive solar energy Stijn 0 comments Architecture Articles Books Sustainability 16 Oct 2006 The University of Openess a self institution for independent research collaboration and learning London UK As a matter of drifting from the previous post a site most recommendable is University of Openness one of the first art sites that I know of to have used a wiki effectively to make self organized projects Especially the Cartography section offers a wealth of information and check the urban climbing section run by Lottie Child Nis 0 comments Education Free Organizations 16 Oct 2006 The People Speak London UK The People Speak develops ideas technologies and strategies for bringing people together to have conversations and discussions in an open ended and fun way We design events architectures systems and processes in which people are encouraged to express themselves share ideas flirt and be as creative as they can Projects include the now long running Dicshunary that aims to provide a home for all the small endangered werds that might only exist in the language of one neighbourhood one family or even one person Nis 0 comments Public Projects Social Practice 15 Oct 2006 mikroPaliskunta Finland mikroPaliskunta is an expedition that travelled through Finland from the northest point Nuorgam to the southest Hanko with a stuffed reindeer and five artists by biodiesel car A 1986 Volvo running on turnip rape oil and green diesel They studied the contemporary image of Finland from different point of views How has the rapid changes in society affected people What is Finnish And what are the symbols of Finland and who defines them Joni T 0 comments DIY Homebrew Public Projects

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    0 comments Art Activism Artists Public Projects Social Practice 05 Oct 2006 The Destruction of Memory Architecture at War By Robert Bevan Bevan combs through world history to highlight a range of wars and conflicts in which the destruction of architecture was pivotal From Cortez s razing of Aztec cities to the carpet bombings of Dresden and Tokyo in World War II to the war in the former Yugoslavia The Destruction of Memory exposes the cultural war that rages behind architectural annihilation revealing that in this subliminal assault lies the complex aim of exterminating a people Joni T 0 comments Books 04 Oct 2006 AIR US New York AIR is a public social experiment in which people are invited to use Preemptive Media s portable air monitoring devices to explore their neighborhoods and urban environments for pollution and fossil fuel burning hotspots Participants or carriers are able to see pollutant levels in their current locations as well as simultaneously view measurements from the other AIR devices in the network Joni T 0 comments Public Projects Sustainability 03 Oct 2006 Thurrock A Visionary Brief in the Thames Gateway Nils Norman England A production of General Public Agency Thurrock A Visionary Brief in the Thames Gateway has redefined what is meant by culturally led regeneration It is a major programme of new thinking about Thurrock and the Thames Gateway bringing an international perspective to local regional and national policy debates around cultural practice in regeneration See Nils Norman s Thurrock 2015 from the Obsolescence and Entropy Mobile Research and Investigation Field Centre Vehicle AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Urban City 03 Oct 2006 Imaging Environment Maps Models and Metaphors US Stanford This conference organised by the Stanford Humanities Center and Woods Institute for the Environment will bring together scholars from the humanities the social sciences and the natural sciences to explore the different histories and techniques of representing the environment on a global scale and discuss the rights and responsibilities individual and collective that derive from this knowledge Stijn 0 comments Events 03 Oct 2006 Phantom Captain Art Crowdsourcing US New York Phantom Captain at Apexart explores art collaboration that involves amateur groups of individuals responding to crowdsourcing initiatives created by artists The term crowdsourcing refers to user generated content or outsourcing labor to armies of amateurs Artists Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July Jeff Howe Davy Rothbart Allison Wiese and others AmyF 0 comments Exhibitions Free 02 Oct 2006 Navdanya India Navdanya is a participatory research initiative It was initiated as a reaction to the Punjab Violence and the Bhopal tragedy in 1984 to provide direction and support to environmental activism Those events demanded a paradigm shift in the practice of agriculture Navdanya was born of this search for nonviolent farming which protects biodiversity the Earth and small farmers Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic negineering defended people s knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the

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    so they pose a challenge as Roger M Buergel commented The documentation of this journey will be presented in June 2007 for documenta 12 More AmyF 0 comments Artists Exhibitions 01 Oct 2006 Aglaia Konrad Austrian Photographer and video artist Austria Konrad s photographs examine urban border zones the periphery urban infrastructure construction sites and anonymous buildings remote from the typical urban scenarios Her video work Desert Cities shows the haunting scenes outside of Cairo miles of unfinished and empty buildings What happens when urban communities try to live in a dry and unfriendly terrain Joni T 0 comments Architecture Artists Urban City 01 Oct 2006 GOOD Project 001 US Los Angeles For the first in a series of projects the promising and brand new GOOD Magazine is asking their readers to submit bumper sticker designs that get people to vote As long as you include the word vote and keep the size 3 by 9 inches everything else is up to you Contributions will be viewable on and downloadable from their site You can also send in other ideas for the following Good Projects Stijn 0 comments Articles Calls Magazines 01 Oct 2006 ThinkCycle Open Collaborative Design Global ThinkCycle is an academic non profit initiative engaged in supporting distributed collaboration towards design challenges facing underserved communities and the environment ThinkCycle seeks to create a culture of open source design innovation with ongoing collaboration among individuals communities and organizations around the world Stijn 0 comments Organizations Sustainability 30 Sep 2006 Rethinking Nordic Colonialism A postcolonial exhibition project in 5 acts Iceland One of the theses that the curators want to investigate is whether it in our joint cultural heritage is possible to find the roots of the nationalistic and xenophobic tendencies today The project is an interdisciplinary investigation conducted together with a number of players and thinkers in the Nordic region and the rest of the world in dialogue with a number of historical phenomena places and institutions in the Nordic region Mutual learning is in focus for the project and our hope is that the process will result in a continued dialogue that can enrich the places and the peoples who live and act in the project locations and those who visit there AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Exhibitions 29 Sep 2006 The Chicago Manual of Style Online 15th Edition Not entirely free Anywhere For those of us whole stumble through the writing process the bible of the publishing and research community is now available on your desktop The Chicago Manual of Style Online is completely searchable and easy to use providing quick answers to your style and editing questions Get at 30 day free trial That is all you really need AmyF 0 comments Education 27 Sep 2006 MITOPENCOURSEWARE Urban Studies and Planning Anywhere A free and open educational resource OER for educators students and self learners around the world Visit the main MITOPENCOURSEWARE for more AmyF 0 comments Education Free Virtual Soil 26 Sep 2006 Free School

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    the very nature of human life itself Massive Change is an exhibition grounded in a provocative proposition It is a celebration of the human capacity to change the world and a call to recognize both the power and the responsibility of design Stijn 0 comments Art Activism Events Exhibitions 25 Sep 2006 Shifting Ground New Perspectives on Art and Rural Culture Ireland International conference October 19th 21st Increasingly it is becoming clear that the rural is a contested zone where some of the most pressing issues of our time are being played out issues of environmental sustainability issues of global economics versus local economies issues of food production and genetic modification issues of community breakdown issues of cultural commodification These are cultural issues as much as social and economic ones and need to be addressed as such A new cultural discourse is required one which places the rural at the center of a debate about arts practice social engagement and sustainability Nis 0 comments Events Sustainability 22 Sep 2006 World Carfree Day Global World Carfree Day is an annual celebration of cities and public life free from the noise stress and pollution of cars Each year on September 22 people around the world organize events of all sizes to showcase alternatives to the automobile World Carfree Network invites organisations and individuals everywhere to join Stijn 0 comments Events Organizations Sustainability 22 Sep 2006 Rooftop Garden for the Birds Natalie Jeremijenko s Ooz inc US New York Infrastructure and facilities for high density bird cohabitation on the roof of Postmasters Gallery with public housing projects by a myriad of architects and consultants Visit OOZ A place to observe animals AmyF 0 comments Exhibitions Public Projects Urban City 22 Sep 2006 MediaRights Media that matters US New York MediaRights is a community organization dedicated to maximizing the impact of social issue documentaries and shorts They help adult and youth filmmakers reach audiences educators and librarians bring films into their curricula and nonprofits and activists integrate media into their campaigns MediaRights is a project of Arts Engine Inc an organization committed to producing distributing and promoting independent media of consequence for example through their film festival Stijn 0 comments Art Activism Events Free 20 Sep 2006 publik Copenhagen Denmark A group of artists and curators from Copenhagen have formed an independent organization for art in public places and media A part from Hot Summer publik is also running a project called Sit Down taking place in the city Superflex have made a neon sign pointing to Mjølner Parken the most disputed ghetto in Denmark that very few people have actually visited or know where is Artist Jeppe Hein made a number of altered benches Sonja Lillebæk Christensen did a video about a soccer player that once were in the national team who recently campaigned against homeless shelters in his neigbourhood Sit Down is Curated by Christian Skovbjerg Nis 0 comments Public Projects Urban City 20 Sep 2006 Lois Franziska Weinberger Austria Lois Franziska

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    focuses on freedom of speech visibility responsibility and possibility in the current social and political everyday Made by Uzma Ahmed Andresen Tanja Nellemann and Grete Aagaard target blank download the magazine Nis 0 comments Art Activism Magazines Public Projects 10 Sep 2006 Throw n Sow Anywhere Throw n Sow is more than a toy it is a workshop and a catalyst for many questions Workshop at ISEA Global Youth Ambassadors Throw n Sow is a flying disc toy similar to a Frisbee that uses the centripetal force generated in the act of throwing to distribute seeds into the environment Manufactured as a toy made from environmentally friendly biodegradable plastics Throw n Sow consists of a main body and a separate container that slides and locks under the disc AmyF 0 comments Education Sustainability 07 Sep 2006 People Powered US Chicago People Powered designs experimental pilot programs that integrate art environmentalism and communities By presenting these projects in exhibitions and public locations in the city People Powered creates a platform for discussing how these practices may intersect AmyF 0 comments Art Activism DIY Homebrew Sustainability 05 Sep 2006 The Youngest Professionals Idea Art for Kids US Los Angeles Youngest Professionals Unlimited is a school studio and gallery where contemporary art is manifest by The Youngest Professionals The Youngest Professionals are children and adolescents ages 6 18 years old who share the same art practice as the post post modern neo minimalist post neo romantic neo realist skater punk institutional critique post studio post exhibitionist relational not art research based and new millennium conceptual artists that participate in the global art world today See also Idea Art for Kids Lesson Plan AmyF 0 comments DIY Homebrew Education Organizations 05 Sep 2006 Salvation Jane US Chicago Salvation Jane is a pasture weed in australia pretty but unedible to our hooved friends the name of a yet to materialize all girl rock band an evolving and involved network of earnest experimental adventurous and big hearted bunch who really are in the practice of re connecting self to self mapping private ways through the public realm and discovering and nuturing the wild within the built environment AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Public Projects Urban City 04 Sep 2006 Under Fire at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign US Chicago The Under Fire exhibition and series of events are a continuation of the international discussions and publications initiated by artist and writer Jordan Crandall Under Fire presents a discursive engagement with global militarization and political violence incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore the contemporary organization representation and materialization of war Featuring Annie Abrahams Clément Charmet An Architektur deGeuzen Joy Garnett Mariam Ghani Dara Greenwald Tsila Hassine Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga Hillary Mushkin Trevor Paglen Joel Ross Michael Wilson xurban AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Exhibitions 04 Sep 2006 Doors of Perception 9 JUICE FOOD FUEL MEANING India Food continuously circulates through the landscape into our homes and bodies organizing our calorific symbolic and social

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    Homebrew Sustainability 27 Aug 2006 The Cornucopia Institute Promoting Economic Justice for Family Scale Farming US Wisconsin The goal of The Cornucopia Institute is to empower farmers both politically and through marketplace initiatives Their Organic Integrity Project acts as a corporate watchdog keeping a close watch on companies claiming to provide organic products On their website you can find a link to Professor Phil Howard s Who Owns Organic Chart which shows us what companies own what organic brands and how they are interconnected Stijn 0 comments Organizations 25 Aug 2006 Eco Village 2005 G8 Summit at Gleneagles Activists campsite as model for sustainable living Environmentally sensitive campsite set up by a loose group of anti G8 campaigners including Dissent Network compost toilets recycling banks power for lighting from wind turbines and solar panels a fixed bicycle ran a music system grey water systems See also Indymedia s Rural Convergence Article Link 1 Link 2 AmyF 0 comments Organizations Sustainability 24 Aug 2006 The Death of Environmentalism Global warming politics in a post environmental world Anywhere A paper distributed widely around academia last year based on interviews with 25 leaders in the mainstream environmental movement argues that environmentalism is ill equipped to face the massive global challenges of our day particularly climate change The Grist has the full lowdown rebuttals and interviews with Shellenberger and Nordhaus AmyF 0 comments Articles Education Sustainability 23 Aug 2006 City of Collision Jerusalem and the Principles of Conflict Urbanism Anywhere Edited by Phlilipp Misselwitz and Tim Rieniets Jerusalem has become a prototype in the age of new urban violence City of Collision looks at the city of Jerusalem as an example and possible laboratory as a site of conflict It explores amongst others topics territorial mapping the so called security fence urban enclaves exclaves the approach to monuments and no man s land Writers include Sharon Rotbard Salim Tamari Eyal Weizman and Oren Yftachel This book also features specially commissioned photographs by Bas Princen and Polly Braden and is illustrated with over forty new detailed thematic maps Joni T 0 comments Books 22 Aug 2006 Tavares Strachan s The Distance Between Exporting Alaskan Ice to the Bahamas Anywhere Tavares Strachan creates a solar powered freezer to preserve a 4 5 ton portion of a frozen Alaskan river The block of ice was shipped to the Bahama s for an exhibition in July In this project he suggests that opposites or extremes are actually necessary for each other s survival Ice on the surface of the Arctic Regions helps to maintain the Earth s warm climate and heat helps keep ice frozen The gist of the project is to actually bring the frozen north and the hot tropics into contact to demonstrate that they are contrasting halves of a single entity and to then utilize the heat and light energy of the South to maintain the exact opposite condition of sub zero temperatures The first part of the project is about the conceptual notion of

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    new information never before presented on the site Stijn 0 comments Articles Books Sustainability 12 Aug 2006 Mrabba Electroni c que Lebanon Web Jam Global Live audio video streaming transmission from Waag Society in Amsterdam in direct connection with Beirut and surrounding localities The event was initiated by Streamtime a web support campaign for Iraqi bloggers After one month of violence and carnage this Global Web Jam brings together live interviews and conversations video clips cartoons and blog blurbs soundscapes DJs and VJs a lively mix of information art protest party and reflection This is a call for an immediate end to the violence and destruction in defiance of war and in search for solidarity Stijn 0 comments Art Activism 10 Aug 2006 Green WiFi Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide Rwanda Green WiFi is committed to providing solar powered access to global information and educational resources for developing nation K 12 school children striving for knowledge in a digitally divided world With the creation of solar powered WiFi grid networks Bruce Baikie and his co developers target to improve the functionality of initiatives like the UN MIT One Laptop Per Child OLPC project and other NGO efforts to bring affordable computing potential to developing areas Stijn 0 comments Education Organizations 09 Aug 2006 Country X Global A virtual country without borders that presents an alternative A place where value can be described by those who need it rather than those who need to sell it we do not profess to have all the answers but we do possess a passion to organise ourselves differently to the current systems of privilege and handicap assumed at birth Stijn 0 comments Blogs Virtual Soil 03 Aug 2006 Critical spatial practice Very intense blog with most things you would want to know about art and spatial practices Nis 0 comments Blogs 03 Aug 2006 Christiania Researcher in Residence Copenhagen Denmark For a while now this excellent project has been running The aim of the Christiania Researcher in Residence project CRIR is to involve artists researchers and academics in an open critical and reflective dialogue around the free town Christiania in Copenhagen and to feed new creative and critical thinking into the public realm Christiania should be known to most people as a long living alternative settlement in the middle of Copenhagen if not go visit www christiania org Nis 0 comments Organizations Public Projects 01 Aug 2006 We Feed The World Austria A film about food and globalisation fishermen and farmers long distance lorry drivers and high powered corporate executives the flow of goods and cash flow a film about scarcity amid plenty With its unforgettable images the film provides insight into the production of our food and answers the question what world hunger has to do with us Stijn 0 comments Art Activism 31 Jul 2006 Avant Guardians Textlets in Art and Ecology US New York Linda Weintraub has initiated an interdisciplinary college text book series in which the core principles of

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    from the urgency of resource depletion on a global scale to what the individual reader can do in their own home and from corporate strategies for a greener future to burgeoning small scale eco design projects AmyF 0 comments Sustainability 24 Jul 2006 Richard Kalmer s Make Bread Not Bombs US San Francisco A plastic inflatable loaf of french bread towed around the San Francisco bay by Greenpeace so that it could be viewed by the thousands of people lining Crissy Field and Aquatic Park who had come to view the Naval ships coming into the Bay as well as the politicians and Admirals aboard the reviewing ship the USS Dartmouth The intention was to point out ecological damage to the bay by the US Navy and the damage to our planet by the nuclear testing in the South Pacific See also Seeing Peace AmyF 0 comments Art Activism 19 Jul 2006 Visible Food Anywhere The VisibleFood project is a website and database created to expose the hidden costs of the globalized system that produces processes and distributes our food The database is searchable by product brand company ingredient or toxin Associated with these things are something we call invisibles effects on society health and the environment AmyF 0 comments Sustainability 17 Jul 2006 PlayPumps Bringing clean water to rural African communities South Africa A Playpump is a merry go around that pumps subsurface water into storage tanks This way playing children are providing potable water to millions of people in rural communities The system excludes the hauling of water over great distances reducing injuries and allowing children and women to spend their time differently The initiative comes from PlayPumps International a nonprofit collaborative that has enabled almost 700 of them in South Africa and continues to work in the Sub Saharan region via Make blog Stijn 0 comments Organizations 15 Jul 2006 Five Identical landscapes Denmark Aalborg Wild flowers water grass moss cabbage a molehill a larva and a bench made from bricks are some of the elements that appears in the project Five Identical Landscapes The 15 square meter landscapes are placed in five locations in Aalborg city Denmark When the same landscape can be experience at five different locations the attention turns away from the specific scenery and towards it s unique surroundings Through the project the artists want to stimulate joint ownership and the critical sense towards how vi use and shape the city By artists Marie Markman and Birgitte Christensen Nis 0 comments Public Projects Sustainability 14 Jul 2006 La Loco La Loko means the place in Esperanto It is a project initiated and run by international artists Olof Olsson and Daniel Salomon They are working with the language of Esperento which was created by Ludwik Zamenhof in 1887 to be a neutral language which was easy to learn so different speech communities could communicate instead of fight This summer they were lobbying to make FIFA accept an international Esperanto football team And just recently

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