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  • old enough to bleed?

    Well-being, Communication Design


    Annually, about 600,000 to 800,000 people -- mostly women and children -- are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation.

  • This idea was directly generated from Matthias Merkel Hess' posting on EcoArtBlog, "Getting Dirty at the Hammer." In it he mentions that the panel discussion (featuring Steve Badgett/SimpArch, Amy Franceschini/Futurefarmers and Nance Klehm) discussed the role of the gallery for artists who work in communities on a project basis. Amy Franceschini stated something about (in Matthias' words) "Franceschini said the gallery can be used as a testing ground and that failure is possible without hurting anyone."

    Last night I was trying to figure out how on earth I would store the 100+ plots for the "Seeding the City. Along the walls would be images of the plots in place. I can even create a little string based network of the plot spaces in the gallery. I LOVE THIS IDEA! So now I have to either find a gallery that would be up for this for the entire 3-5 month project timeline (at least it is summer!) or get a Swing Space from LMCC. If you have a gallery & are interested, be sure to contact me!

    *re-posted from

  • Getting action

    Arts & Culture


    I have been working on a project called "Insert __ Here" which is a global project inspiring local thinking. The tagline is "rethink your neighborhood." In the face of climate change this project seeks to encourage people to think about, identify and hopefully take action in their own neighborhood - from simple things like getting recycling bins in place, or motion sensors for lights to bigger actions like solar panels & community gardens.

    One aspect of the project is to photograph your "requested remediation" and upload the image to flickr. From there I am asking designers/artists/illustrators to participate by imagining the remediations. I am seeking creative, stylized interesting interpretations from a worldwide team.

    I have had a lot of designers say that they loved the project idea and they want to participate, but then they don't. How can I motivate people?

    I thought that if I could get some really interesting works up there it would motivate others, so I am paying for a few of the remediations. Since I am an artist and this is not currently a funded project, its not realistic to continue to do this.

    Here is the project site: Insert __ Here And the flickr group: Insert __ Here Flickr Group

    The latest idea is to run a competition that would happen as follows: -The remediation which by the end of December of 2008 has the most "favorites" wins $300 -A random drawing of two of the remediations will each win $100 So, the more ...

  • Water

    Well-being, Communication Design


    40 percent of the world does not have clean drinking water. Water is a basic need to sustain life. This poster is to show the desperate need to get water to everyone who needs it.

  • Sex Trade

    Well-being, Communication Design


    This poster is to show the greed and danger involved when young girls are treated like commodities in the sex trade.

  • Fabrica - Cameron Sinclair - Architecture For Humanity

    Environment, Environmental Design


    If you happen to be in the Treviso area (near Venice, Italy) mid-July......

    Fabrica Workshops Environmental, Social, Relational Cameron Sinclair Architecture for Humanity

    Workshop July 14-17 2008 by application Lecture July 14, 6:00pm open to all

    Cameron Sinclair was named by Fortune Magazine in 2004 as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better. He was the recipient of the 2006 TED prize and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. Recently he was selected as a 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. As a result of the TED Prize Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds’ first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.

    Architecture for Humanity is a charitable organization founded to develop architectural and design solutions to humanitarian crises and provide pro-bono design services to communities in need. Currently the organization is working in fourteen countries on projects ranging from school, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction.

    The workshop will close with a presentation of the final results commented by a guest critic that will be announced shortly.

    For further information: Michela Liverotti +39 0422 516272

  • You're Ugly!

    Poverty, Communication Design

    I had an interesting bike ride home from a Finnegans meeting tonight.

    At the meeting, we discussed our recent fundraiser — Finnegans shamROCK—Banding Together for Charity. A music concert featuring Built to Spill. We raised $10,000 for Heading Home Hennepin, a program to eliminate homelessness in Hennepin County.

    The meeting was in Uptown Minneapolis, a fun and trendy area. I live on the north end of Minneapolis and between Uptown and my home is a less than desirable area of Minneapolis. I was tired and hungry, so I decided not to take the bike path, but to drive right through "the hood." It probably wasn't smart or safe since this is where killings and drug deals happen, but I'm like that.

    As I'm riding, I'm seeing foreclosed and run down homes. Some homes were brand new, but vacant. Litter was tossed over the streets and the smell of pot surrounded me. The majority of houses had people sitting out on the front porches and kids playing on the sidewalk. People looked at me and I just confidently went along, like I belonged there.

    Then I saw this little girl alone on her bike, I looked over and flashed her a smile. She saw me and yelled across the road, "You're ugly!"

    Wow. I was surprised! After the initial shock of her comment, I thought, 'what a little twerp, that was rude!' Then a second later, as I looked up and down the streets and saw her daily environment, I was sad for her. I can't imagine she's living in a house full of love or attendin...

  • hey Jane,

    I think that by fact of any habit being addictive then it equally becomes dangerous as you cant break the habit without effort. ............................................................ mani kanna</a>

  • wholesome wellbeing!

    Well-being, Environmental Design

    addiction is quite prevalent in humans,but does it all have to be negative??? please help figure this out! ........................................................................................................................................ jane doe

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    Well-being, Communication Design

    Hello to all the ambitious designers out there ;)

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