Museum of the City of New York : On the Move: Transportation ToysEmbracing the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrating its cultural diversity, the Museum of the City of New York is Your City Museum! Explore the forces that shaped the city, investigate the neighborhoods and cultures that invigorate New York City, and join in shaping the future!
Do The Green Thing: A minimalist wardrobe for the upcyclerYou can use bottles to make just about anything; a greenhouse, a school even your own island. But this idea is a bit simpler and doesn’t require quite so much DIY skill. With just 6 big plastic bottles and a few screws you can build this clever space saving wardrobe.
Is the Climate Crisis Caused by the 7 Billion or the 1 Percent?As we reach 7 billion people, Climate Progress is featuring a variety of opinions on population. – by Ian Angus and Simon Butler in a Grist repost The approach of [7 billion] milestone produced a wave of articles and opinion pieces blaming the world’s environmental crises on overpopulation.
Public Mapping ProjectThe Public Mapping Project seeks to increase public participation and transparency in redistricting through the deployment of on-line mapping tools and educational information.
Streetsblog New York City » NYCDOT to Roll Out Smart Parking Tech in 2012by Noah Kazis on November 7, 2011 New York City is moving forward with plans to use sensors to improve parking management, along the lines of San Francisco’s pioneering SFPark system. The program will be unveiled next year, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced at a conference on transportation and technology held last Friday at Columbia University.
Reserved parkingCity residents may soon get the exclusive right to park on the streets where they live. After years of false starts, state and city legislators are seriously looking at a plan to establish residential parking permits in the Big Apple.
Urban Homesteading is a Popular Trend, but It’s also Ruffling Some Feathersby Cole Mellino Urban homesteading, in which households grow their own food and often raise animals for food in an urban environment, is becoming more and more popular as people decide to opt out of our globalized, industrialized agricultural system. Concerned about the state of agriculture and the impact our farming methods are having on […]
Dr. Dirt: Street artist scrubs images into the urban landscapePhoto: c/o MooseStreet artist Moose Benjamin Curtis was having some difficulty with the police. The officers had just arrested him for creating designs on a wall in South London. But it was complicated — as things often are when Moose is involved.
Local Honey – LocalHarvestBees are social insects, cousins of wasps and ants. Bees are very useful in nature as flower pollinators, and as a side job, they produce lots of good products for us, like honey, beeswax, pollen, and royal jelly. Honey has been found to have medicinal qualities, particularly when applied topically to burns, wounds, and ulcers.
Twenty “hubs” dispersed along the length of Broadway will serve as sites for collaboration between MMStudio, research scientists and other experts, municipal policy makers, and local community groups. Installations that are small in scale but which aggregate to reveal the vast network of systems vital to a sustainable city, are designed to make sustainability tangible to citizens at street level and catalyze future projects by artists and environmental designers. The sense of incremental transformation—of many individual instances working together to create a powerful cumulative effect—is the overarching idea for the project and the basis of its title “1000 Steps”. The central message to be communicated – generated out of a year-long collaboration with a prestigious scientific and community advisory board – is that nature is everywhere and in action at all times, that the city is an urban ecosystem, that an innumerable number of small decisions over time have shaped the environment to be the one we inhabit today, and that our decisions (behavioral choices) impact the future of all of nature.
To ensure the quality of information being communicated, Mary Miss Studio has formed partnerships with senior personnel at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Science, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, The Institute for Sustainable Cities at CUNY, the Wallerstein Collaborative for Environmental Education at NYU, and with the writer Tony Hiss. The partners have met monthly to develop learning goals, shape the information gathering framework that informs the deployment of art markings, and curate the specific information that will be included at each hub. In order to secure municipal partnerships, permits, and permissions, there is an ongoing dialogue with the Department of Planning, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation, Department of Buildings, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability.