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Art of Cities Conference, Vancouver, May 24-26, 2017 (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Art of Cities Conference, Vancouver, May 24-26, 2017 (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Had a fantastic visit with CityStudio to learn how their innovation hub is collaborating with City staff, faculty, students, and community to co-create experimental projects to make Vancouver a more sustainable and enjoyable city. A big thank you to the CityStudio founders Duane Elverum and Janet Moore, the CityStudio staff, students and alum, as well as the University Faculty members and City staff for sharing your stories and giving us such a warm welcome to Vancouver.

Jeanie Morton, Janet Moore and Duane Elverum share their story. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Jeanie Morton, Janet Moore and Duane Elverum share their story. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Many fruitful group discussions during the Art of Cities Conference in Vancouver. (Photo: CityStudio)

Many group discussions during the Art of Cities Conference in Vancouver. (Photo: CityStudio)

Jeanie Morton explains how she plays matchmaker between CityStudio, Faculty, City staff, Community organizations and students. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Jeanie Morton explains how she plays matchmaker between CityStudio, Faculty, City staff, Community organizations and students. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Mayor Gregor Robertson gave us a warm welcome. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Mayor Gregor Robertson gave us a warm welcome. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Mayor Gregor Robertson shows his support for how  CityStudio is enhancing the city of Vancouver. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Mayor Gregor Robertson shows his support for how CityStudio is enhancing the city of Vancouver. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria also came out to show her support. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria also came out to show her support. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Small break-out group discussions to share ideas. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Small break-out group discussions to share ideas. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Lunch meetings with City staff and University faculty to discuss their involvement with CityStudio. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Lunch meetings with City staff and University faculty to discuss their collaborative projects with CityStudio. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Learning from one another in break-out sessions. (Photo: CityStudio)

Learning from one another in break-out sessions. (Photo: CityStudio)

The City of Vancouver treated us to a tour of their new bike lanes. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

The City of Vancouver treated us to a tour of their new bike lanes. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Dale Bracewell, Manager of Transportation Planning, gave us an overview of Vancouver's walking and cycling goals. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Dale Bracewell, Manager of Transportation Planning, gave us an overview of Vancouver’s walking and cycling goals. (Photo: Christine Kerrigan)

Great to be at a conference where you take a break to experience the city on two wheels! (Photo: CityStudio)

Great to be at a conference where you take a break to experience the city on two wheels! (Photo: CityStudio)

Since a bit more than one fourth of the Netherlands is below sea level, we often forget how human interventions and machines (dams, pumps, etc.) have changed the natural landscape and altered the interaction between people and nature. Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team at Studio Roosegaarde created Waterlicht, an installation of wavy lines of light composed of LEDs, software, lenses and steam machines to create a virtual flood and simulate waves and currents passing overhead. The installation is an interesting reminder of the delicate and constantly evolving interaction between humans and nature.

Waterlicht has been on display at the Museumplein from May 11-13, 2015. It was originally commissioned by the Dutch Water Board and was previously displayed in the flood channel of the River IJssel near Westervoort.

WaterLicht

The Future is Cities

The Future is Cities


I’m glad we’re moving more toward sharing and co-ownership of possessions slowly but surely (Uber, AirBnB, Bixi/Hubway, co-working spaces, etc.). It’s a win win for society and the planet without a doubt. As stats show, our cities will be accommodating exponentially larger population as we move forward and the numbers are only expected to continue to climb. Since we can teach our toddlers to get past the “Mine!” phase, I’m confident that we can too. Here’s a good read: The Future is Cities.

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I simply loved this project! It’s clever, aesthetically interesting and extremely effective.

BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) ran a unique charity concert in Berlin to raise awareness of the 15,000 trees the city had lost over the last few years. A nearly 100-year-old chestnut tree was transformed into a street musician and played music for the preservation of all his fellow trees. When the first chestnut in the Berlin park of Monbijou began to fall in early September 2012, a construction of membranes installed underneath the tree translated the bounce of every chestnut into sound sequences. In a harmonious concert with the wind and the creaking of the tree, a unique organic sound composition was created. Visitors were invited to listen to the concert and donate to the cause. If someone sent in his donation and name by text, the tree would thank the donor through a personal greeting that appeared on the membrane. Online donors also received an exclusive download track. The Tree Concert lasted for one week (17-23 September, 2012) and after the concert, Berlin DJ star Robot Koch produced a remix which continues to raise funds.

The project was created by BBDO Proximity Berlin, Ketchum (PR), and a creative pool of artists from the Gang of Berlin. The campaign won a Gold Design Lion at Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
Location: Monbijoupark, Berlin, Germany

 

Rubber Duck Floats in his Global Bathtub

Rubber Duck Floats in his Global Bathtub

Some years ago, my fav prankster pals and I kidnapped our friend’s rubber duck and set our prank wheels in motion. The Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman takes our duckie caper to a whole new level.

This larger than life 16.5-meter-high (54 feet) rubber duck has travelled to 13 different cities in nine countries ranging from Brazil to Australia. In an interview in Hong Kong, Hofman talks about the project and his mission.

“It has a message. Bring joy, connect and look, you know. Don’t forget to look in life. Sometimes we’re too stressed. We go too fast and we forget to breathe life and take life as it comes. You have to enjoy it and look because looking is very important. It makes people communicate.”

Not only does the duck conjure up Sesame Street classic hits and childhood nostalgia, but it’s bound to put a smile on the face of even the most austere passer-by. The bird is currently floating on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor. Next up? It’s headed for the land of red, white and blue. It’s all hush hush on the exact destination, but it should be announced next week. In the wake of recent gun legislation and some rather trigger happy politicians of ours (yes, Sarah Palin, you make the team), my only caveat is that we might want to add a gigantic “No Hunting!” sign on the side of this waterfowl. Over and out.

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Link to a video on Bloomberg TV

Nick Cave Sculpture

Nick Cave Sculpture

A recent trip to the Peabody Essex Museum led me to stumbling into some of Nick Cave’s sculpture and video projects. Wow, someone who loves color explosions and urban interventions as much as I do? Yups. Only a few days later, I serendipitously bumped into more of his work in NYC. Unfortunately I’d only just missed his exhibit called, “Heard NY,” which took place in Grand Central Station and was a collaboration between Nick Cave, Alvin Ailey dancers, Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit. I can’t imagine how unexpectedly running into a rainbow of prancing horses in the middle of a daily commute wouldn’t put a smile on the face of just about anyone, no matter what kind of day you’re having. Thumbs up for artistic urban interventions!

Nick Cave Sculptures

Nick Cave Sculptures

Nick Cave Sculptures

Nick Cave Sculptures

A project called “Tree Philly” is looking to Citizenvestor for seed money

We’ve all heard of crowdfunding, so nothing new there. However, crowdfunding for public works projects? Interesting…Citizinvestor is a start-up that is connecting municipalities and citizens to fund public work projects of their choice. Municipalities submit projects and citizens also have the opportunity to petition for new projects as well. I’m curious to see how this concept pans out and I may have to test it out first hand.

Radio Boston aired a spot on crowdfunding public works projects: http://radioboston.wbur.org/2012/11/06/crowdfunding

Citizinvestor: http://www.citizinvestor.com

 

 

I snapped a few pics of the swings in action.

As the lights go down, the swings get their glow on.

Swings are for all ages.

I was at a creative conference in Montreal and I couldn’t resist going to check out this public art experiment I’d heard about at La Place des Arts. The project was designed by the company Daily Tous Les Jours and several partners. With the help of Luc-Alain Giraldeau, an animal behaviour professor, they explored the topic of cooperation. The idea was based on the principle that together, people achieve better things than separately.

The result was a giant collective instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggered different notes and all the swings together composed a piece. Some sounds only emerged from cooperation. This project brought together people of all ages and backgrounds, and made great use of a public space where people were generally standing waiting for public buses. Loved the concept!

C2-MTL Conference, Montreal 2012

What happens when you combine the creative and innovative super powers of Sid Lee, Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory and Fast Company? You get a killer creative conference called C2-MTL. This was by far the more original and interesting creative conference I’ve attended to date. Leave it to the Montrealers!

The stage at C2-MTL 2012

Cirque du Soleil at C2-MTL

Amazing performances by Cirque du Soleil for some evening entertainment

Design by the architecture firm BIG


Design by architecture firm BIG


Was at TEDxEast in NYC on Monday. Favorite talk? Bjarke Ingels from the Danish architecture firm BIG speaking on “Hedonistic Sustainability.” Anyone who can turn a waste treatment plant into a ski slope that puffs smoke rings to display consumption impact is doing some BIG time creative think’n!
More on the project…