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Designinc: Wall to fork
Mar 12, 2011 5:56 PM | By Nadine Botha
The vertical garden takes its inspiration from the farm to fork theory, which aims to make our eating greener, writes Nadine Botha
BRANCHING OUT: Haldane Martin's vertical garden is designed for city dwellers to make the most of their space

The "farm to fork" distance is the distance it takes for fresh produce to reach your plate. This distance is measured in "food miles" and is said to be responsible for 15% of global CO2 emissions. Consider the air-freighted Mexican avocados, Kenyan broccoli and British baby spinach that pervade SA supermarkets and that statistic comes closer to home.

A global movement to reduce food miles and green our urban environment is growing. Internationally, projects including Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray's hydroponic Window Farms for New York residents and Patrick Blanc's living walls in Paris are making headway.


If you are in the New York City area and like comics that push the boundaries of the comic book medium, I cannot urge you strongly enough to check out the Cartoon Polymaths exhibit at The New School. But for everyone else, we've got an overview, photos, and videos that capture a small part of the experience.


Make: Pioneer – Limor “Ladyada” Fried On WIRED Cover

Engineer, kit maker, entrepreneur, MAKE advisory board member, open source hardware pioneer Limor “Ladyada” Fried is on April’s WIRED cover. This is the first female engineer to appear WIRED’s cover (as well as the first female engineer to appear on such a high-profile tech publication that I can recall).


Eyebeam's The Counter Kitchen Turns Food Upside-Down and Inside Out
By Lauren Shockey, Wed., Mar. 9 2011 @ 12:16PM

Kitchen confidential? Never!
Eyebeam, a cool nonprofit celebrating the intersection of art and technology, is hosting a series called The Counter Kitchen, which explores how science and marketing have made food and product labels impossible to decode and will teach participants to reverse-engineer favorite foods.


The Creators Project 2011 Launch Wrap-Up
by Kathleen Flood February 24, 2011
Yesterday, we released a huge announcement outlining all the exciting endeavors we’re planning for 2011, including the launch of The Studio ...

Later in the evening we held an event at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan, where we utilized their transformative Eyeliner 3D projection technology to liven up the traditional press conference format by projecting visuals in front of and around the speakers.

VICE’s Shane Smith, Intel’s Marketing Director John Galvin, and Paul Banks and Daniel Kessler from Interpol discussed the implications of the project’s first year and their hopes for the coming year, and before hitting the dance floor, we got a chance to meet our newest Creator from South Korea, Taeyoon Choi, who’s currently a fellow at EYEBEAM Art and Technology Center in NYC.


The Story Collider

Stories about science
March 16th – “Game Theory”

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What is your experience of science? Every month, The Story Collider invites six people to come on stage and tell a true, personal story that answers that question. Some are scientists, most are not.

On March 16, we explore “Game Theory”. The games we win, and the ones we lose; the games we know we’re playing, and those we don’t; the games we design, and those that emerge.

Kevin Allison, storytelling coach
Seth Bisen-Hersh, musical theatre composer and lyricist
Jeff Crouse, artist, programmer
Nick Fortugno, game designer, artist, and teacher.
Heather Sparks, science and culture writer
Hanuman Welch, writer, performer and storyteller


In partnership with Google, New York art and technology center Eyebeam has launched a contest to find the best data visualization of taxes.

The Data Viz Challenge, as it’s called, asks designers and developers to use data from WhatWePayFor.com and create an infographic that shows how these tax dollars are spent.

The winner will receive US$5,000 and coverage on various websites.

Entries will be judged for their clarity, relevance, utility, aesthetics, and how well they can tell a “persuasive story”, Eyebeam said in a statement. The judges include Google’s Aaron Koblin, Fast Co Design editor Cliff Kuang and New Media professor Brooke Singer, among others.

Submissions are due 27 March and winners will be announced on 18 April, Tax Day.


Project MUSE Journals Theatre Journal Volume 62, Number 4, December 2010

Review of Reid Farrington's Gin & "It." (review)


Taxes are probably one of the most stressful and depressing times of year, am I right? In an attempt to gleam a bit of useful and, dare I say, Interesting information from the annual mundane task, Google has partnered up with Eyebeam to create the “Data Viz Challenge”