Thursday in the City- Build Your Own World

and the tree was happy.
“How can we re-imagine and redesign our cities to allow them to become part of an urban foodshed? How can we make urban planning more participatory, transparent, and reflective of the public need for affordable and healthful food? What models, current, imagined or historical would help us to understand future directions for our cities?”  The Studio for Urban Projects explores these questions with a “Public Orchard” installation at the 2010 01 San Jose “Build Your Own World” Biennial exhibition.

Public Orchard will be presented in Out of the Garage into the World in the South Hall from September 4-14 (in process and open for public viewing) and September 16-19  as part of the 2010 01 SJ Biennial, Build Your Own World.
Studio for Urban Projects Events:

September 17, 5:30 pm                  Darrin Nordahl talk
September 18, 10:30am-3:30pm      Biodiesel Bus Tour
September 18, 6:30 pm                   Edible City Screening
September 19, 11:00am-2:00pm      Canning and Preserving Workshop

Taken in London and in Sydney, Credit “Photograph by Luke Jerram”

There will be even more exhibits, performances, art, lectures, at the “Build Your Own World” Biennial from September 16-19 in San Jose.   From what I have seen online, it looks pretty amazing.   I have also seen one preview on the news.  It was an art installation by Luke Jerram of pianos in the street called “Play Me I’m Yours”.   I love anything, but especially art,  that engages the public to interact and participate in the community.   This Biennial does just that.  Here is what the Steve Dietz, Artistic Director, and Jaime Austin, Assistant Curator have to say:

The future is not just about what’s next. It’s also about what we can build to ensure that what’s next matters. How can we, as resourceful, innovative, and knowledgeable local and global citizens build and participate in a desirable future in the face of global climate change, economic meltdown, political instability, and cultural divisiveness?
The 2010 01SJ Biennial is predicated on the notion that as artists, designers, engineers, architects, marketers, corporations and citizens we have the tools to (re)build the world, conceptually and actually, virtually and physically, poorly and better, aesthetically and pragmatically, in both large and small ways. 01SJ is about how powerful ideas and innovative individuals from around the world can make a difference and come together to build a unique and distributed city-wide platform for creative solutions and public engagement.
Under the theme “Build Your Own World,” ZER01, in collaboration with dozens of partners, will present over the course of 4 days, from September 16-19, hundreds of artworks, performances, events, and artist talks, which not only imagine the future of the world) but begin to build it.

For schedules of events and links to all of the exhibits, etc, check out Zero1.  Even if you can not attend this weekends events, there is so much information and inspiration on the website.

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