Disaster plan: Garden!

March 4, 2009 at 7:51 am 2 comments

mit_armadilloRISD’s Office of Public Engagement is opening a new exhibit on Tricks of the Eye: History and Memory in Today’s Shifting Social Landscape. The exhibit “highlights recent projects by contemporary artists that explore innovative ways of navigating today’s shifting social landscape.” The exhibit runs March 5 – April 3 at 169 Weybosset St., Providence. Opening is Thurs., March 5 from 6-8pm.

One of the featured projects is the MIT FEMA Trailer Project: Timeline and Armadillo. The Armadillo was a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Trailer that was intended to house families in the Gulf Coast displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. MIT students worked with artist Jae Rhim Lee to transform the unit into a Composting Station and Vertical Garden. MIT is running two contests to encourage additional trailer transformations and the chance to win the Armadillo.

Meanwhile, across town at the Steel Yard, Providence people are thinking about how to resuscitate the Urban Agricultural Unit–a mobile greenhouse fabricated from a discarded shipping container. This project was featured at ProvFlux a couple years ago.

When soil is toxic, when people are suddenly in need…roll in a mobile garden!


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Apeiron, Abraham. Abraham, Apeiron. A fine crop of potatoes you got there, grandpa!

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  • 1. Cornelia  |  March 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Can’t find anything on their site, and I will get in touch with them, too. But, do you have any idea what SteelYard needs in order to resuscitate the uau?

    • 2. greenzonegarden  |  March 5, 2009 at 6:23 am

      You should be able to find it on the provflux website. UAU lives at the steelyard (perhaps not for long?) There’s a group in the works to revive it. I’ll send you an email with the contact…


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