The Science Barge located in Yonkers, NY is a prototype, sustainable urban farm and environmental education center. It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York City. The Science Barge grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero chemical pesticides, and zero runoff.
This stunning film takes you on a hypnotic journey, reaching to the past to understand the origins of the catastrophic environmental transitions we now face. Over two years, director Matt Anderson traveled 16,000 miles to document firsthand our modern industrial world and the environmental destruction in its wake. In the process, he discovered exciting strategies to help humanity transcend the coming ecological and psychological crisis.
Some of today’s most progressive thinkers, from anthropologists and bio-architects to psychologists and journalists, collectively recreate a story of humanity and the history of Earth, illuminating a desperately needed new path for us to take. Fall and Winter is a survival guide for the 21st Century.
A Film Screening and Q&A with the director, Matt Anderson
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013, 7:00PM - 10:00PM, at Cooper Union - 41 Cooper Squaremore →
Seventeen year cicadas are here in New York! Magicicada spp. spend most of their 17-year lives underground feeding on xylem fluids from the roots of deciduous forest trees in the eastern United States. After 17 years, mature cicada nymphs emerge at any given locality, synchronously and in tremendous numbers. After such a prolonged developmental phase, the adults are active for about 4 to 6 weeks. The males aggregate into chorus centers and attract mates. Within two months of the original emergence, the life cycle is complete, the eggs have been laid and the adult cicadas are gone for another 17 years.
Rue de Meaux Housing is a low income social housing project. “Architect Renzo Piano teamed up with Desvigne and Dalnoky to design an amazing courtyard space for their project in Paris. A modular architectural design establishes a background for the small forest of birch trees. The thin birch canopy creates a diaphanous lighting condition while still obstructing views across the courtyard, thereby providing the inhabitants access to both privacy and light.” - http://ayounghare.wordpress.com
Bubble Chandelier by New York-based design studio Souda made from post-consumer plastic soda bottles.
Painting by Margaretha Barbara Dietzsch, 1741-1784.
Installation by Spencer Tunick
Deadly poisonous mushroom “Destroying Angel”
Upstate New York two weeks ago.more →
Green Silver-lines Moth, planthopper and Emerald Moth.
Above: Salmonberry is a species of Rubus native to the west coast of North America from west central Alaska to California. Salmonberries are found in moist forests and stream margins, especially in the coastal forests. They often form large thickets, and thrive in the open spaces under stands of Red Alder. Salmonberries are edible and share the fruit structure of the raspberry, with the fruit pulling away from its receptacle.
Above: Blueberries and huckleberries picked in Upstate New York.
“Employing a combination of natural and industrial materials, my interest lies in articulating humankind’s desire to take command over the earth, revealing distinct conflicts with ecology, politics and ourselves in large-scale installations that utilize architectural space in a distinct, powerful and imposing manner”