Now here’s a creative new use for old handbags.
Note: If you have unwanted purses that are still usable, e.g., not torn/ripped, consider giving them away — perhaps to a friend, or to a local charity that accepts donations of such items — or sell them, instead of using them as garden accessories!
(Photo via Teresa O’Connor’s SeasonalWisdom blog)
Cornell Puts a Lawn in the Library
It’s increasingly popular for college and university libraries to soothe the savage undergraduate at finals time by providing a dose of contact with nature. Therapy dogs are a common choice, but the Cornell University Library went a more unusual route, installing a ”green sward” which remained there through December 14.
This year lawns were placed in both the Mann and Olin libraries, as well as three other locations around campus, as part of the Cognitive Restoration initiative. The project is based on Attention Restoration Theory, which says that direct exposure to nature, viewing nature through windows, and even viewing images of nature are restorative.
(via Library Journal)
Former men’s room of what used to be an elementary school in Detroit; the Catherine Ferguson Academy, a charter high school for young mothers and pregnant teens, now calls the historic building home.
The property’s grounds feature a four-acre urban farm, which helps teach students about gardening, and enhances their skills sets.
The school, which allows students to “attend classes and care for their babies in a single environment,” was slated to be closed in 2011. Thanks to community members who rallied in support of the school, the school remains open today. Almost all the school’s graduates enroll in two- or four-year colleges.
Via The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit: Places: Design Observer. Photograph by Andrew Herscher.
UrbanAir is a project that aims to turn existing billboards into urban gardens, filled with bamboo. Stephen Glassman is the creator and hopes to turn billboards into smart gardens that are wifi enabled and act as sensors to monitor the climate, transforming the suspended gardens into global nodes.
More info on Glassman’s site here.
Feet at Ashish Spring 2012.
I am now thinking of ways that I can implant a little vase on my shoes or somewhere on my body so that I can wear live flowers. Maybe one of those things they put grooms flowers in.
For his installation titled “Giardinetta”, artist Manuel Felisi transformed an old Bianchina automobile into a germinator of blossoming new life. The rooftop of the abandoned car functions as a hanging plant rack complete with glass test tubes, while inside the car, and underneath the flowers, rain falls within the compartment and creates a damp, moist world for bacteria and organisms to grow.