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  1. But All I’ve Got is Drywall

    September 28, 2010 by parry

    Environmental Graffiti is, from what I gather, an online magazine by the people, for the people. The posts are submitted by bloggers, who, if published, get paid for their input AND get all kinds of traffic for their troubles. Topics range from Art & Design to History to Travel and everything in between. It was this post on The World’s Most Amazing Vertical Gardens that struck my fancy today though.

    Photo via KimonBerlin


    First, because they’re just flat out pretty. And second, I think New York could seriously use some of this stuff. There’s pockets of horizontal gardens all over the city (which, don’t get me wrong, are delightful), but why is it that PITTSBURGH gets to have the largest vertical garden in the U.S? That’s basically the equivalent of giving Kate Gosselin her own reality show. Undeserved and REALLY dull.

    However, the New York Times did a really cool piece earlier this year on people who are putting vertical gardens INSIDE their Manhattan apartments. Patrick Blanc, the French botanist who first developed the idea of vertical gardens in 1988, mused that,

    “When you live in towns, you don’t always go into gardens … It’s really important to use empty spaces to invite nature into town.”

    One botanist in the Times’ article compared the indoor vertical gardens to “green bling”, but their outdoor counterparts actually  have significant and positive environmental impact. Over-all energy consumption is reduced due to the cooling capabilities of the plants that compromise the outside walls. Environmental Graffiti also comments on the walls’ ability to make use of waste water.

    “The plants act as water treatment cells, purifying slightly polluted water by absorbing the dissolved nutrients. Bacteria mineralize the organic components to make them available to the plants. These walls are especially suited to city life, making good use of available vertical surface areas and also in very dry areas, as the circulating water on a vertical wall is less likely to evaporate.”

    SUPER cool, right? If I had some extra PVC piping, ~5K and enough motivation to feed something other than myself, I would be all over this.




  2. Converse a “Shoe-In” for Musical Partnerships

    June 30, 2010 by parry

    As the relevance of the record label has continued to decline, and brands replace overpaid A&R execs, Converse was able to jazz up their audience with three way different Artists in 2008. With the release of “My Drive Thru” (a single-riff track composed by Julian Casablancas (HAWT) of The Strokes, Pharrell (SEEMS LIKE HE MOISTURIZES) and Santogold (IS THAT A SYNONYM FOR M.I.A.?) solely for the purpose of Converse’s marketing campaign), the originators of superduperfly Chuck Taylors spanned musical genres for a new take on an old shoe.

    Two years later and still hot off the heels of a successful musical partnership, Converse’s latest summer music project, “Three Artists”, includes Kid Cudi (PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS? that’s the best I can do), Betheny of the band West Coast (ERR … UM. CUTE!) , and Rostam Batmanglij (NEED PRONUNCIATION GUIDE) of Vampire Weekend. Below is Batmanglij’s installment (Special shout-out to Greenpoint Pictures, who shot & edited this killer, colorful glimpse at Rostam and the City he calls home):

    Three Artists. One Song.