Publicity Plant: growing plants through social media attention

Sander Veenhof designed an interactive greenhouse in which a bouquet of ‘graduation flowers’ is growing, depending on your help! A greenhouse control system converts all online publicity into plant growth by switching on the grow-lights when you blog or Twitter about it, upload a photo at Flickr, or bookmark ‘puplicityplant’ on Delicious. Below you can…

The Farmacy: floating urban fram

The discussion around nature in relation to our artifical, urban environment already brought us along vertical forests, wild animals,  floating gardens and markets. The trick to balance modern technology and materials with our natural surroundings is very much sought after. Samantha Lee’s design for a floating urban farm that grows medicinal plants and herbs in…

Publication ‘Ruimte maken voor krimp’

Laatst week the results of the research conducted by Ontwerplab Krimp in three different areas in the Netherlands have been presented at NAi. The research was focused on shrinking cities and, in contrast to the most research on the topic until today, on the opportunities and chances these developments bring with them. You can download…

Independent Fashion Pop Up Store in Amsterdam

Tomorrow Golfstromen are launching their new project, the Independent Fashion Store. In collaboration with upcoming fashion labels OntFront and Nuzyn they have transformed two former prostitution rooms in downtown Amsterdam into a (work)shop were upcoming designers and labels can present and sell their new collections. The project is another chapter in Golfstromens’ history of flexible…

New York City Street Design Approach

The New York City Department of Transportation has recently published a street design manual, which in essence is a collection of patterns intended to be implemented throughout the city state in similar ways. Under the lead of transportation commissioner and traffic anti-planner Janette Sadik-Khan, who the NY Magazine describes as a mixture in equal parts…

Yes, we can, intervene!

In the fourth section of Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis all came down to the ‘can do’ mentality of the students. In this section the participants were asked to sketch different future scenario’s on their case and to identify the necessary ingredients and drivers which ultimately make their interventions autarc and  sustainable. Here are…

Favela Art

Here are just some visuals to remind you how encouragement and proper communication can lead to really impressive results. On BLDGBLOG i just came across the installation from JR as part of the 28mm/women project in Rio de Janeiro. The installation immediately reminded me of the favelapainting project by Haas and Hahn. Favelapainting was set…

Masters of Intervention # 4 with James C. Scott

The University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Municipality, Ymere and the Office for Social Engineering present: Masters of Intervention Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis Thursday June 11 2009 20.00, drinks afterwards Grote Zaal, De Balie Just City James C. Scott To what extent do rules and standards lead to a just society? Planned utopias proved…

Event: Subversiv Messe

From 14 to 17 May the Subversive Fair for counterculture and technologies of resistance will be held in Linz, Austria. During three days a broad international spectrum of exibibitors and activists will engage in workshops, excursions, lectures and performances to test new technologies, products and practices of cultural and political resistance in relation to their…

Mapping positiv social change

Creating maps is a fine way to cluster information and data and make it visualy accessible for third parties. Along the way we already learned about the Complex History of Sustainability, Emotional Cartography and how to envision your research area through Mental Maps.  Recently, another application was developed from designer John Brennan. With his live…

Capita Selecta: Creating Space

Creating Space is investigating the relationship between contemporary visual culture and the creation of meaningful spaces. Architecture is the art of space, archtitects are creating spaces for specific usages. But how do these spaces get their specific meaning? Which rol does light, sound or temperature play? What’s the relation between inside and outside? The next…

Velocommerce: bike based trade

I just came across a great idea which was part of the City Eco Lab at the Biennale internatinale design 2008 in Saint Etienne. John Thackara from doors of perception was the curator of the exibition. He asked the guys from velowala from the Walhalla of bike-based commerce, India, to contribute with an installation to…