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19 Apr 2009
US, New York
The wonderful and active Christopher Kennedy just helped to launch: Artiscycle– a project of the Institute for Applied Aesthetics, exploring alternative models of art, design and education that help form authentic communities. The idea is to develop an appendix of best practices from collaborative artists and educators at the forefront of interdisciplinary practice and to incubate a re-imagined community learning space that will house the Institute.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Education
14 Apr 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
In connection to the coming UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009; COP 15, a series of shows are taking place. Deep green tackles both current issues and draws lines back to an earlier history of environmental art. With Anja Franke , Nils Norman , Sergio Vega, Aleksandra Mir, The Yes Men, Camilla Berner, Tue Greenfort, Learning Site, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Andrea Polli and Free Soil.

Art + Activism / Sustainability
13 Apr 2009
The House re-Growth Pod is a permanent and cost effective housing unit which can assist in the rebuilding of the fire devastated town-ships of Victoria, Australia.A competition is also calling for designs.This competition is open to architects and designers not just in Victoria, Australia but to all those interested in the typology required for the re-building of houses whilst the site is occupied by the re-Growth Pod.
It is anticipated that this competition will generate new thinking for living in sites prone to bushfires as well as creating a dialogue within the design community.

Architecture / Calls / Public Projects
11 Apr 2009
Call for Submissions
Sydney, Australia
An outdoor, free exhibition that takes place on the spactacular coastal walk between Bondi and Tamamrama Beach in Sydney. Entry forms can be downloaded directly from the site. Entries close April 20! The exhibition will take place from October 29 - November 15. A conference on "Sculpture in Public Space" will take place November 2. International entries welcome.

Calls / Exhibitions / Free
07 Apr 2009
The Netherlands
"The investigation of production, merger, dissipation and transformation of scales reveals a common denominator of the current processes of urbanisation. This symposium will discuss scales as designed, produced and contested, rather than given by nature, and it will question the ability of architecture and urbanism to reclaim the political economy of scale as their field of competence."

Symposium / Conference
07 Apr 2009
The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 197
US, New York
The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972 brings together for the first time since 1972 the original documents and multi-media projections featured in the historic MoMA show curated by Emilio Ambasz. The current exhibition focuses on the 1972 Environments section, which has been installed in the MoMA galleries. Each of the Environments, created by a different Italian architecture studio or design group, was accompanied by media projections, audio-visual displays, or interactive events. The historic importance and contemporary relevance of INDL is in part due to how the exhibition encountered and attempted to reconceive the visionary possibilities of design and architecture: domestic in scale, urban in context, and potentially revolutionary in social and political practice."

Artists / Exhibitions
04 Apr 2009
Urban Prescriptions
A group of AAA's (artists, activists and architects) that look for loopholes in the bureaucratic system of city planning to reclaim parts of the city by those who it really belongs to. Their 'solutions' are mostly mobile and temporary, allowing for alterations in an ever changing environment.
Their website shows all their projects under 4 categories: Strategies for Subversive Urban Occupation, Housing, Collaborative Architecture and Flirting with Art.

Architecture / DIY / Homebrew / Organizations / Public Projects
03 Apr 2009
A group of six Landscape Architect students from the Swedish University of Agriculture in Wanå are making small geometrical cultivation plots with an area of 120x120 cm, the original allotment square size, that will organically spread out. The plots will be filled with different kinds of edible plants. Our hope is that these plots, with your help, eventually also will spread in the rest of the world.

Public Projects / Sustainability / Urban/City
02 Apr 2009
Alternative + Sustainable Cities of the Future
Cambridge, MA
April 3-5, 2009
Harvard University
The conference will bring together design practitioners and theorists, economists, engineers, environmental scientists, politicians and public health specialists, with the goal of reaching a more robust understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future.

Architecture / Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
01 Apr 2009
The Building Centre
London, UK
April 9- May 30, 2009
In 2007 Lord Cameron of Dillington, first head of the Countryside Agency, famously remarked Britain was ‘nine meals away from anarchy.’ Our food supply is almost totally dependent on oil (95% of the food we eat is oil-dependent) and if the oil supply to Britain were suddenly cut off Lord Cameron estimated it would take just three full days before law and order broke down. We rely on a particularly vulnerable system. Britain needs to seriously invest in agriculture infrastructure if we are to avoid food crisis.

This exhibition looks at different ways to incorporate agriculture into urban landscapes.

Exhibitions / Sustainability / Urban/City
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Last week while I was in Barcleon...


Gardending Superfund Sites is an art project that fosters discourse around the issues of nature preservation, industry, and activism. Information and workshops with students and community groups to create a call to action to high tech industries to take responsibility for their actions.
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Interview with Fritz Haeg by Nato Thompson

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