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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.

LeGrandBalletI recently spotted a very cool project by Lucion Media for the Grands Ballets Canadiens. The dance company sponsored a fund raiser to help support their move to a new building, and Lucion Media created large scale projections for the occasion. The dancers appear on screen in wooden crates and become part of the visualization of the move. Very clever indeed!
 

Grands Ballets Canadiens – Projection holographique et performance artistique—Holographic projection and stage performance from Lucion Média on Vimeo.

Pixel – extraits from Adrien M / Claire B on Vimeo.

I just love the work of choreographer Mourad Merzouki and his dance troop Company Kafig. I was lucky enough to see their show “Agwa” last year in Boston and I SO wish PIXEL was coming to Montréal!

Wow, it was love at first sight when I saw this piece! Pilobolus is a contemporary dance company and they’ve been delighting audiences with their creativity and originality for decades. Their name may sound familiar from video work they’ve done with the band OK Go or an appearance they made at the 79th Academy Awards (2007). I loved their Shadowland piece and just had to share it. It combines shape, color, movement, narrative and music in such a seamless way. I’ve been itching to collaborate with choreographers on some creative projects and this has added some fuel to the fire. Enjoy!

 

Check out what’s coming to San Francisco! On March 5, 2013, the Bay Bridge will be lit up by 25,000 white, individually-programmed LED lights for a distance of 1.8 miles. The light show will take place from dusk to midnight for two years. I’m so curious to see how this turns out and what the reaction of people who live within eye shot of the bridge will be. I’ll definitely check in with my friends who live in San Fran.

The artist is Leo Villareal and he has plenty of experience creating interesting lighting displays. However, this scale is surely a new size canvas for him and for anyone, for that matter. I wonder if they’ll incorporate music into the grand opening? It almost begs for it when you watch the pattern of lights. For more info, visit http://thebaylights.org

OK, I don’t want to freak my NYC peeps out, but I had to share this video. I thought it was a great use of storytelling, visuals and data to make the issue of carbon emissions a lot more tangible and real. It’s tough to duck or hide from those heaping mounds of blue bubbles piling one on top of the other at alarming rates.

The good news? Many people are consciously changing their behaviors related to purchase decisions, energy consumption and transport choices, and governments and cities are rethinking how we structure urban environments. However, we clearly have lots of opportunities to make improvements for the future.

NYC's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A single hour’s emissions from New York City: 6,204 one-tonne spheres

For more info on the video: http://ht.ly/eUKLn