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Katehartman

Plants that can Call for Help and Glacier Embracing Suits: The Work of Kate Hartman

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Artist Kate Hartman explores human communication in her work by using wearable technologies and physical computing.  Some of her past work includes making muttering hats or clothes that communicate to the wearer. Some of her pieces have explored  technology working with natural systems including being part of a team that developed  Botanicalls, a device that allows neglected plants to call […]

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Waterless

Clean Your Jeans in the Freezer? Levis is Making More Jeans with Less Water

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A typical pair of blue jeans consumes 919 gallons of water during its life cycle, which is enough water to fill 5 spa-size bathtubs.  This water includes the irrigation of the cotton, stitching the fabric, and washing them.  This past year, a new line of Levis jeans have been developed with future water shortages in mind. The Levis company is […]

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Duerer The Large Turf

Richard Mabey’s Book: WEEDS – In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants

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Do you spend part of spring or summer trying to get rid of weeds?  If so, the book Weeds –In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey might give you a new perspective on these plants that we consider to be invasive and essentially “in our way.”  Since the development of agriculture, weeds have been seen as a […]

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Fresh Kills Park From Master Plan

Land Art Generator Initiative NYC Renewable Energy Public Art Competition 2012

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Freshkills Park is a new public park in New York City.  It was once the world’s largest landfill (formerly called Fresh Kills Landfill) but will eventually become the city’s biggest park, almost 3 times the size of Central Park.    The park will be transitioning into its final farm in stages over the next 20 years, and will be designed to […]

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Fishfarm

Fish Farming and Aquaponics

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When I was back in Wisconsin for the holidays, I spent some time with my friend Joe Kaye, who has been doing research and experimentation in the area of aquaponics, and making a fish farm. Aquaponics is the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system.  In a greenhouse setting, Kaye has been growing perch and using […]

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