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Visualizing Information: Hydrofield, by Travis Bost

“The Pig Goes Down the Python” — Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Summer 2011 Making information digestible is an art and sometimes the outcome actually is art.  Travis Bost is a graduate student in landscape architecture and the author of an installation that shows the fluctuations in the levels of the Mississippi River, over one year … Continue reading

The Graduate Design Studio in Landscape & Architecture at LSU: 6 down, 91 to go (weeks, not yards… ok, ok, i know there are only 4 downs in football)

We entered the design studio on the second floor of Atkinson Hall in the middle of August when it was 90 degrees by 10am and sticky humid day and night.  What do you wear when the heat drips off you and pools behind your knees and in the creases of your arms all day?  A … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour, a BBC Documentary

Short documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  Thanks to the Imaginary Foundation (check out their blog for a multitude of interesting posts: blog.imaginaryfoundation.com) for posting it.  Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour, a BBC Documentary. Link here: http://blog.imaginaryfoundation.com/blog/07-18-2011/Ai+Weiwei%3A+Without+Fear+or+Favour%2C+a+BBC+Documentary Ai Weiwei has gained popularity in the west over the past couple of years.  He has gained … Continue reading

The American Front Lawn

Growing up in various intown Atlanta neighborhoods, I was accustomed to single family houses with open front yards that connected one plot to the next for the entire length of the street.  Walking down Oakdale Road, there is a sense of openness and connectivity between homes and their front yards.  If there is a fence, … Continue reading

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about … Continue reading

Ways to Save the Planet, by MAP students

While still at Maru a Pula school, I held a contest to see who could come up with the most number of ways to Save The Planet.  The 3 winners had between 20-30 reasons and I was very impressed with those students!  Props to Hamzah, Gogontlegang, and Deep for their good work.  Some of the … Continue reading

Celebrating 2 Years of the Green Drive at Maru a Pula School

This week we had a two day celebration to commemorate the two years of work done at the school in the way of environmental initiatives.  The atmosphere was lively, with DJs spinning South African house music, a raffle for eco-friendly prizes, and face painting.  There were booths set up by eco-friendly businesses and organizations from … Continue reading

News from Sowetan, South African newspaper

Yesterday I was at the University of Botswana for a site visit.  I am working with a landscape architecture firm to design a new Central Campus Plaza at UB.  On site, we stepped into a container office to inquire on the whereabouts of Busi.  As her colleague searched for her cell number to call her, I picked up a copy … Continue reading

Planting Seeds for an Outreach Garden

Monday’s permaculture group plants seeds to grow seedlings for the garden at the Botswana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  The young man seated in the photo is schooling the others on countries like North Korea and Macedonia.  These kids know what’s up in the world.  Some ears perked up when I mentioned I … Continue reading

Summer Gardens at Maru a Pula

The organic vegetable and herb garden is alive and well at Maru a Pula School.  Term 3 has begun, and the Monday and Thursday groups have some healthy competition going on to see who grows the best garden in 8 weeks.  My suspicion is the winning group will come down to those who water, given … Continue reading