when we heal the earth, we heal ourselves. david orr

Alicia on The Mike Nowak Show

Chicago horticulture expert Mike Nowak invited me on his radio show to discuss Earth Hour. LISTEN HERE. I'm about 3/4 of the way into the recording.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Photos: I Found These Great Inventions at a NeoCon Truck Show

"NeoCon is where the design world comes together – three days of pure energy, bursting with new thinking, new resources, and new products. For 42 years the Merchandise Mart has been home to North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing nearly 40,000 architecture and design professionals with more than 150 CEU-accredited seminars and association forums, top-notch keynote speakers, cutting-edge products, innovative exhibits, building and design resources and materials."


Now that you know exactly what NeoCon is, you can fully appreciate the creations I found at an event showcasing designs from Chicago artists and students during NeoCon earlier this week.

The orange lamps above feature a simple architectural design: extension cord, acrylic structure, light bulb. It's called the COIL LAMP BY CRAIGHTON BERMAN. The middle design plants a trashcan at the bottom of a taller lamp. It's aptly named Trashlight, and as Berman explains, it
"merges two household icons—the floor lamp and the trashcan. This unlikely combination brings the user’s garbage out into the domestic setting and illuminates it for examination by yourself and others. Trashlight takes transparency to an extreme— nothing is secret anymore, not even your waste."

Combining art and agriculture, URBAN AGRICULTURE EXPERT SIOBHAN GREGORY designed these garden shelves, as I'm calling them. They are functional for people who don't have a lot of room to build out a garden. This way, you build UP!

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