• Kate Orff: Reviving New York’s rivers — with oysters!

    http://www.ted.com Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean — thus driving even more innovation in “oyster-tecture.” Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

    TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate.

  • BIT’s Caught In The Act: The Canary Project – the Gowanus

    Caught In The Act checks out the Canary Project…

    The Canary Project the Gowanus: The Gowanus Canal could be a local flashpoint for climate change, especially when it comes to flooding. It’s the subject of a field study for the Canary Project, which explores the intersection of art and the environment.

    From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act, episode 43. Original air date: 11/23/2011. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

  • Plant A Tree In Gowanus

    This past August Gowanus Alliance put together a petition not only to clean and promote Ennis Park, but to replace trees that had been damaged and removed by the Parks Department after a storm last year. It’s only been a few months, but with the help of Gowanus Conservancy they are ready to plant some brand spanking new trees in the park. Help them this Sunday, October 23rd with the planting of these new trees and be a part of the team that makes Ennis Park a neighborhood resource for Gowanus, Park Slope, and Carroll Garden Residence.

    Here’s the tentative schedule for this Sunday, October 23rd: ‘planting day’

    9:00 Meet Paul at Salt Lot (2 Second Ave)

    move perennials, tools and compost to Ennis Park

    10:00 Perform plant layout

    Locate trees and perennials around Ennis Park where they will be  installed by volunteers

    11:00 Volunteers arrive and work day begins

    3 tree teams (3 volunteers, 1 coordinator) Volunteers will install the trees according to Parks standards, amend tree pit soils with compost, backfill and water trees, install tree stakes and guys 1 garden team (up to 10 volunteers, 2 coordinators) Volunteers will install perennials and shrubs in garden beds according to approved layout

    2 Mulch Crews (up to 6 volunteers) Mulch crews will shuttle mulch  around Ennis Park to the gardeners and tree planters who need mulch. When not busy mulching, the crews will also pick up trash and pull weeds.

    3:00 Volunteer event concludes, tools and materials are moved back to the Salt Lot.



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