- Posted by Emiko Muraki on October 20th, 2011
Self-proclaimed "professor of dirt" Paul Curtis partnered his Reverse Graffiti Project with the eco-friendly cleaning company GreenWorks to provide public art in San Francisco's dirt-covered Broadway Tunnel.
A 140-foot mural showcases native plants and trees that would have adorned that very landscape hundreds of years ago for the enjoyment of over 20,000 commuters and pedestrians daily.
Click here to read more on the Reverse Graffiti Project-GreenWorks partnership.
- Posted by Holly Simon on February 13th, 2009
- Posted by Charis Birchall on July 3rd, 2008
- Posted by Mike Scullen on May 14th, 2008
Richard Florida, who spoke on Monday as part of ACAD's Stirring Culture series, referred to culture using biological metaphors at least twice. Once talking about DNA components of culture and again drawing Darwin into the discussion. It's a apt analogy and one that seems to always be referenced sooner or later when trying to understand a system of meaning. There is much talk of memes on the internet which are ideas that get transmitted through culture that undergo Darwinian style natural selection and evolution. The Lol cats phenomenon is one of my favourite examples.
Biomimicry is a buzz word that you may have heard circling around the idea flowers recently. The concept of modeling after nature is often used a in scientific context. Using the design of termite mounds to create passive climate control in modern housing is a good example. This approach has worked very well with engineering endeavors and there is the added bonus that naturally occurring systems usually have some kind of built in sustainability. There is no reason that biological systems can't be used to understand any naturally occurring system of organization. Having sustainable, fully integrated cultural systems is becoming increasingly important. Ad hoc, organically forming systems tend to be more resilient and adaptable. What ways can we learn from nature in how we approach culture? Read more »
- Posted by Mike Scullen on May 9th, 2008
If you don't already use and love RSS we've created an option to turn pull into push but before you sign up to have yet another piece of bacn (it's like SPAM only you asked for it) delivered to you inbox, let me extol the virtues of RSS.
RSS or Really Simple Syndication is an information delivery method that all of your favourite websites employ. In order to view this content you need aggregation software that will pull in all of this RSS data and will give you options to organize, search and read at your leisure. This is why RSS is pull media; you have to fire up the aggregation choose which feeds you'll subscribe to.
Pull media is great when you've got time and inclination to search out information. Having information pushed towards you will more likely grab your attention. I signed up all the CADA staff for this email because we are all sometimes too busy to pull even the low hanging information fruits (I've also started bombing everyone with bacn from our project management software).
You can sign up for a daily email of the RSS feed for all of the new content that goes onto our site below (you can also use the user account subscription feature for more tailored emails):
- Posted by Catherine Knops on November 15th, 2007
Looking back at the blogs for the past week or so, there seems to be a thread running through all of them and that is creativity.
Creativity and creating creative cities are very much buzz ideas developing in the early years of the 21st century. With organisations such as Toronto's Artscape addressing how to create the conditions for creativity to thrive within a city and companies such as Pixar and Google addressing creating conditions for creativity within their workforce, there is no escaping the fact that this is an important movement.
Being an historian by trade, this got me thinking about the importance of creative thinking in the past and the revolutions this has created, why they occurred and how that compares to our situation here. Unsurprisingly, there are common themes running through all of them. Read more »
- Posted by Terry Rock on November 6th, 2007
Scanning bloglines today, I noticed an item on the 37Signals blog Signal vs. Noise... it appears that Calgary's own VEER was purchased by Corbis. Congrats are due to the folks at VEER for another major Calgary creative industry success story. Some of the heaviest hitters in the world in the creative industries--Corbis and Getty Images--now both have major operations in Calgary. Read more »
- Posted by Suzanne Boss on November 1st, 2007
What makes a city fast? In their words,
“It starts with opportunity -- a culture that nurtures creative action and game-changing enterprise. It's where the number of patents filed is high, or where the high-tech sector is expanding. These cities invest in physical, cultural, and intellectual infrastructure that will sustain growth. Finally, fast cities are full of highly creative people.”
So what fast and fabulous places around the world made the Fast Company list? Read more »
- Posted by Holly Simon on October 31st, 2007
P.S. Many thanks to George and his friends for the hospitality.
- Posted by Mike Scullen on October 29th, 2007
If you look way down to the footer of this website you'll find a little icon with two 'c's in a circle. If you're not paying particular attention you may disregard this to be a typical copyright indication and think nothing more of it. That extra 'c' within the circle makes a whole lot of difference. It's there to encourage our visitors to take the content found on this site, copy it, distribute it, and transmit it in any way they see fit. More than that, we have no problem if our content is remixed, mashed-up, or otherwise reinterpreted into forms that we have not yet fathomed. There is the stipulation that attribution should be given, but other than that, content generated here is open to the public domain. Our Creative Commons license helps demonstrates our organization's value of transparency and community. Read more »