Category Archives: YouTube

Urban Spectacles of Wood Lookin Boy


Many moons ago I posted on this dude Scott Urban & his spectacular Urban Spectacles of Wood. Well, Scott has been carving up a storm for the past nine months & most recently made a couple frames for Raydio G from Chicago’s Hotstylz. I know you have heard their silly & thoroughly lovable ‘Lookin’ Boy’ but if not:

Apparently Raydio wore one of the pairs to the BET Awards last week. Did anyone see them? I missed it…

I still want a pair of my own.

VS 13.04.2008: Waste = Food

Thanks to orangemenace at ArchitectureMNP for this documentary on the work of Michael Braungart and William McDonough, authors of Cradle to Cradle. If you haven’t read it, this is the type of book that will blow your mind. It introduces an entirely new (or actually, timelessly old) way of thinking about design, consumption and waste. This video does a good job of showcasing several successful projects which have followed the Cradle to Cradle concepts and philosophies:

An inspiring documentary on the Cradle to Cradle design concept of the chemist Michael Braungart and the architect William McDonough. Winner of the Silver Dragon at the Beijing International Science Film Festival 2006.

Here’s an interesting + informative documentary on McDonough + Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle concept in action – in essence showing us that waste is unnecessary, and that with smart design we can basically eliminate it. Of particular interest is that they’ve been pretty successful in convincing corporations of their cradle to cradle theory, because these businesses want to get the most for the money. Funny that being environmentally friendly is, in the end, economically friendly as well – we seem to have fought nature for so long to get ahead, and we’re now finally at a point where working with it is the next step in our development. Should be great.

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Eco Prison, No Bars

Yet another way the Scandinavians are eons ahead of us in terms of social civility.

Here’s an island prison that’s about as distant in principle from Alcatraz as is it in location. Bastoey Island, about 45 miles south of Oslo, hosts some of Norway’s worst offenders in what is effectively an eco-village working holiday camp. Instead of the traditional barred cells, prisoners, including murderers, rapists, drug dealers and thieves, live in separate, unlocked houses on the island. Although only one and a half miles from the mainland, prisoners are reluctant to escape, lest they get returned to the typical maximum security unit and lose the privilege of serving their time where they’re learning valuable skills, as well as gaining respect for themselves, each other, and the environment.

The island prison uses solar panels, is almost self-sufficient with food from its own organic garden, and operates a strict recycling system. This is an interesting experiment in eco-therapy — where reconnecting offenders with nature may well also help develop a noble sense of purpose, that in turn helps them reconnect with society.


Teikei: The Food Project

I don’t know if you all have noticed, but we here at green.mnp have food on the brain lately. Now that springtime farming is about to pop off and summer vegetables are on the way, it is hard to think about anything else…

In that spirit, it seems appropriate to replay an old green.mnp favorite:

The Food Project is a Massachusetts based farming and community service organization founded in 1991 that employs youth from the cities and towns around MA (and elsewhere) to work their several farms. The Food Project distributes their produce to local shelters and sells it through CSA’s and farmers’ markets.

Each season, we grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters. We sell the remainder of our produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop “shares” and farmers’ markets. We market our own Farm-Fresh Salsa, holiday pies, and other value added products. Locally, we also partner with urban gardeners to help them remediate their lead-contaminated soil and grow healthier food.

Much to my horror, I discovered that the CSA for Summer 2008 is full! Sad. But I suppose that gives me all the more motivation to start that vegetable garden I have been talking about…

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique model of local agriculture. Its roots reach back almost 40 years to Japan where a group of women concerned about the increase in food imports and the corresponding decrease in the farming population initiated a direct growing and purchasing relationship between their group and local farms. This arrangement, called “teikei” in Japanese, translates to “putting the farmers’ face on food”. This concept traveled to Europe and in 1985, was adapted for the U.S. and given the name “Community Supported Agriculture” at Indian Line Farm, Massachusetts. It is estimated that there are now over 1500 CSA farms across North America.

R.I.P. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke: 16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008


This past Wednesday marked the end of the orbit for Sir Arthur C. Clarke, scientist, wiseman and most famously, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In his list of three departing wishes, kicking our planet’s oil habit was second, along with finding evidence of extraterrestrial life and ending the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, his adopted home of 50 years.

I would like to see us kick our current addiction to oil and adopt clean energy sources. For over a decade I’ve been monitoring various new energy experiments but they’ve yet to produce commercial scale results. Climate changes have added a new sense of urgency. Our civilization depends on energy but we can’t allow oil and coal to slowly bake our planet.

[SEED (Science Is Culture)]