Monday, September 23, 2019Light Snow -5°C
Arts

Coming to an Abandoned Lot Near You

Posted by Sisi / December 4, 2008

20081204_foraging.jpgIn amongst the pumps © 2008 illeboc-r.

Steve Brill has led hundreds of guided tours throughout the states of New York and Connecticut. He takes groups of visitors to locations like Central Park, Bear Mountain, and Sugar Pond. During each outing, he points out plants with such exotic names as chickweed, carnelian cherry, and common spicebush.

But Steve Brill is no ordinary tour guide. Although he is a naturalist by trade, Brill is best known as “Wildman,” America’s most famous forager. Foraging means living off the land, and to do that, one must have intimate knowledge of edible plants.

You thought dragging yourself out of bed to do the groceries was hard? Try braving the elements and dodging the law, all while trying to maintain a balanced diet. And yet, Brill’s tours are wildly popular. According to him, people are more likely to appreciate and protect nature if they can touch it and eat it.

Brill is not alone. Bristol Food For Free is an online resource that maps edible urban foods in Bristol, England. Visitors can find plant names, harvest seasons, and locations for each fruit or flower.

20081204_dumpsterfood.jpgEdible food found in the garbage of a supermarket in New York City, March 2007 © Lorenzo Morales.

All over the world, an entire subculture of people practice dumpster diving. The act of dumpster diving is fairly self-explanatory; it means sorting through discarded objects and taking what is still viable. Motives for dumpster diving are a bit more complicated; many do it out of economic necessity, while others do it to avoid a consumerist lifestyle. This is known as freeganism.

Living off the land and consumer excess are but a few of the themes addressed at the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s new exhibition about urban intervention, Actions. The launch party was held on Nov. 25 and was well attended by students, young professionals, and music fans. Kid Koala spun a DJ set in a suite adjacent to the main exhibition hall.

The exhibition was divided into thematic “modules” with names like “Go,” “Friction,” “Choose,” and “Guerilla.” Problems of waste, pollution, famine, and lack of space were addressed by various international projects. Most of ventures commonly emphasized simple, community-oriented, and environmentally sustainable solutions.

20081204_sheep.jpgPasture in the City project, Turin, April 2008 © Daniele Hosmer Zambelli.

In 2002, the Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative started an apicultural project to harvest honey in the city. In the first year, they kept six hives. By 2006, that number had doubled. Even by expert standards, the coop’s honey was excellent from the get go.

In Colombo, Sri Lanka, McGill University graduate students from the Edible Landscape project used recycled materials to integrate urban agriculture into the slums. Since, the government of Sri Lanka has expressed interest in applying the project nationwide.

20081204_garden.jpgVictory Garden Trike and Gardener, January 2007 © Amy Franceschini.

For an adrenaline rush, look no further than guerilla gardening. The movement takes the greening of urban spaces to another level. Adherents chuck “seed bombs” over fences and overpasses. The variously shaped bombs are planted with seeds and nutrients, offering the ideal germinating pod for the future plant. There is even a missile launcher that grows weeds: the N55 PROTEST Rocket. According to the makers’ website, it is “low tech, low cost” and “enables persons to communicate their protest in a concrete way.”

There is much more on display at Actions than a 600 word article can do justice to. For anyone who is interested in long-lasting change for a world that is rapidly growing faster, costlier, and more wasteful, Actions is a must see. The vast majority of the projects on display have already been set in motion; if they won’t make you more optimistic about the possibilities that the future can bring, then very little else will.

Actions runs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (1920 Baile) until April 19. General admission is $10; student admission is $5.

Discussion

23 Comments

Francis / December 8, 2008 at 11:11 am
user-pic
Guerilla gardening? Seed guns? That's a type of hippie I enjoy!
Very interesting article - I had not heard of that exhibit at CCA. This museum is so criminally overlooked...
carolinas.aaa.com / May 6, 2013 at 07:13 pm
user-pic
The experience: I had to have someone come in to set
up my computer,. While some maintenance can be done by a homeowner, a good plumber
or HVAC technician should be consulted to make sure that your heating system
will run efficiently during the next winter season and for years to come.
Earwigs are largely nocturnal creatures that can easily be drawn in at night by any lights
you have in or around your home.
sunnyside high school / May 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm
user-pic
The device is also very light, weighing slightly less than
3 oz. Sony Cybershot DSC S3000 reviews have made it a foremost choice for millions of mobile users.
With the i - Phone you can stay connected anywhere you go,
and access maps, flight info, weather reports, restaurants and more in every new city you travel
to.
Chantal M. / May 22, 2013 at 01:38 am
user-pic
We're all going to have to reflect on the toll our way of life based on reckless consumerism has had and is having on nature. I strongly support guerrilla and urban gardening. We should definitely consider a wiser use of space in the city and creating the culture of bringing (edible) green life back into the urban area. It's good to see the science of architecture going and thinking in that direction.
high yield account / May 22, 2013 at 03:31 am
user-pic
The rate of return against cost rises to 70% if the homeowner does the job herself, although the work often requires a level
of expertise that is beyond the ability of most
do-it-yourselfers. That's where desiccant dehumidification comes into the picture. One popular bathroom fixture today that many interior decorators and home owners use is a shower bath.
upside down / May 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm
user-pic
It is perfect time to make a few plans for
the longer term and it is time to be happy.
I've learn this submit and if I may I want to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to learn more things about it!
madetomeasureblinds.tumblr.com / February 13, 2014 at 02:17 am
user-pic
Colours can be used - its an extension velux blinds of the house.
Bangs into that tile with that metal chuck right on the end of
your drill, get your little rubber seal, and put this shower surround in.
flu vaccines / July 9, 2014 at 09:45 pm
user-pic
Link exc?ange i? nothing else however it is only placing the other person's ?eb site
link on your page aat appropriate place and other person will
also do same in support of you.
Highlands Ranch Air Conditioner Troubleshooting / September 3, 2014 at 04:41 am
user-pic
Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the simplest factor to be mindful of.

I say to you, I certainly get irked even as other folks think about worries that they just don't recognise
about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and defined out the entire thing with no need
side effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more.
Thanks
golf carts for sale gas / September 5, 2014 at 10:04 am
user-pic
Appreciating the hard work you put into your blog and in depth
information you offer. It's great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the
same unwanted rehashed material. Wonderful read! I've saved your
site and I'm including your RSS feeds to my Google account.
House Painting Colors / September 5, 2014 at 06:27 pm
user-pic
Hi there it's me, I am also visiting this website daily, this site is truly good and the users
are in fact sharing pleasant thoughts.
plumbing service / September 10, 2014 at 06:29 pm
user-pic
Hey this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors
or if you have to manually code with HTML. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so I
wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
Any help would be enormously appreciated!
Occhiali Ray Ban 16 Euro / August 5, 2015 at 08:22 pm
user-pic
I'm very happy to discover this website. I wanted to thank you for
ones time for this fantastic read!! I definitely
really liked every bit of it and i also have
you book-marked to check out new information in your website.
golu dolls / February 5, 2019 at 09:52 pm
user-pic
nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 5, 2019 at 09:52 pm
user-pic
nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 5, 2019 at 09:53 pm
user-pic
nice post
herbal powder / February 5, 2019 at 09:53 pm
user-pic
nice post
herbal powder / March 23, 2019 at 06:32 am
user-pic
gooodf
kanchipuram sarees / March 23, 2019 at 06:33 am
user-pic
goood
kanchipuram sarees / March 23, 2019 at 06:33 am
user-pic
goood
golu dolls / March 23, 2019 at 06:34 am
user-pic
gooosd

Add a Comment

Other Cities: Toronto