Souls in the New Machines. Photo of Exhibit at MOMA courtesy of NY Times.
“Design and the Elastic Mind” Exhibit at MOMA NY.
Bioengineered crossbreeds. Temperamental robots. Spermatozoa imprinted with secret texts. Although the fascination with organic form has been around since the Renaissance, we have now entered an age in which designers and architects are drawing their inspiration from hidden patterns in nature rather than from pretty leaves or snowflakes.
Perhaps the most unnerving project here is “Architecture and Justice” from the Million Dollar Blocks Project, a graphic study by Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab. Using the computer to filter through masses of data on prison populations, the group studied several American cities and identified the blocks where the highest concentration of prison inmates lived when they were arrested. That more than $1 million a year is spent on incarcerating people from each one of these blocks is shocking misuse of resources.
Corporate Zero Waste Strategies with Emily Miggins
Tuesday, Feb 26. 7 pm. Sir Francis Drake Hotel 450 Powell St. SF, CA
Emily is a Sustainability Consultant who specializes in Corporate Zero Waste Strategies that add profoundly to the triple bottom line. She recently joined global consulting giant – SAIC in Oakland as an environmental scientist working on projects with goals of getting to Zero Waste. She knows the ‘ins and outs’ of reverse worldwide logistics with almost any material known to ecology.
SPUR Young Urbanists: Green in the City Wednesday, Feb 27. 6pm. Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street in San Francisco ( 2 blks frm Powell St station)
Join SPUR Young Urbanists in a lively discussion about what it means to be green in San Francisco. Green in the City hopes to capture an in depth look at innovative green practices, green tech and the link between economics and the environment.
With speakers representing all three aspects of “greening our city,” this is a conversation you won’t want to miss. Come hear from Anne Vollen of Green Zebra, a green consumer guide, Peter Liu, Initial Founder and Vice Chairman of New Resource Bank and Nikki Martinez of EcoTuesday. Click here for more details.
Energy Efficiency Summit
Mon-Weds, Feb 25-27. | JW Marriott | San Francisco, CA
Carbon Forum America
Tues-Weds, Feb 26 – 27. San Francisco, CA
Carbon Trading is one of the fastest growing specialties in the financial service industry and is estimated to grow from $30 billion to $ 1 Trillion in the next decade. London’s Financial World thinks that Carbon Trading will be the world’s biggest commodity. The US is seeing a strong shift towards voluntary carbon emission and an urgency among local governments to pass environmental legislation. The upcoming months will shape the future of the North American Carbon Emission market and legislation.
Green, Greener, Greenest: Approaches to Living Green in NYC
Thursday, Feb 28. 361 Manhattan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Hear about Green living in NYC from a panel moderated by Gita Nandan, President of Greenhomenyc. Organic snacks and free beer and wine from Peak Organic Brewing Company and Lieb Cellars, will be served. Panelists will include:
Jacquie Berger | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUST FOOD
Mark Caserta | OWNER, 3R LIVING
Ben Jervey, Author | BIG GREEN APPLE GUIDE
Emily Main, Editor | THE GREEN GUIDE
Colin Beavan (No Impact Man) | LOCAL NYC ACTIVIST
Greenbelt is the first LEED certified, small-scale condo project opening in Brooklyn. Integrating every aspect of environmental and social responsible building, Greenbelt strives to be as low impact as possible. The building is designed to save more than 40% on energy use, 30% of water conserved, to improve indoor air quality, and to use 40% green, recycled, rapidly renewable and certified materials.
“Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash”
Friday, Feb 29. 7pm. 6th Street Community Center, 638 East 6th Street (btw B and C), NYC
This documentary tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. The f and delivers a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. Shot on location at oil fields in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, the film features conversations with some of the world’s top experts, and provides not only questions but possible solutions to the most perplexing and important economic, environmental and public policy issue of our time.