launch of the Free Soil journal: Studio for Urban Projects



A discussion and launch of the Free Soil journal

Tuesday, February 1


7:00 pm

Studio for Urban Projects
3579 17th Street
San Francisco

Space is limited. Please RSVP to
Suggested donation $5-$15

Join us for the launch of Free Soil, an annual journal with a focus
on systems related to farming; land use, environmental justice, globalization, economy, and water. Practitioners from many fields are invited to contribute–providing a diverse perspective to be cast upon the pages of each journal. The journal is an offshoot of a blog that was created in 2005 by a group of geographically dispersed artists, activists and gardeners with a common interest in the social and political organization of space–who makes the decisions about
these spaces and who is affected by those decisions.

The first issue FARMING 2050 will be the focus of the evening.
In a one-day experiment, eleven artists, farmers, writers, policy makers, architects and philosophers were invited to imagine
farming in 2050. What will it look like and how will we get there?
What materialized was a range of apprehensions, evaluations and revelatory combinations of fact and fiction that offer a diverse look
on the future of farming. This hyper-local portrait of critical, San Francisco voices reflects a sense of optimism intertwined with serious demands to re-evaluate the current logic that dominates
our food system.

Our discussion will be moderated by Free Soil editor Amy Franceschini in conversation with several of the journal’s
contributors including Brooke Budner, Ignacio Valero, Michael Swaine, Chris Carlsson, Marina McDougall and Blair Randall

Founded in 2006 the Studio for Urban Projects is an art and design collaborative that seeks to advance civic engagement and further public dialogue. Our inter-discilinary and research-based projects aim to provoke change by re- framing our perceptions of the city and physically transforming elements of the built environ-ment. Our storefront space in the San Francisco Mission District is a public venue for the staging of workshops, talks, film screenings and meals.


DESIGN PHILOSOPHY PAPERS 1/2011 – Renew, Repair, Research

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY PAPERS 1/2011 – Renew, Repair, Research
Jay Hasbrouck, ‘From refurbish to renew: the trope of healing and sustainable technology design’
Carlo Franzato, ‘Design as speculation’
Michael Biggs & Daniela Büchler, ‘ome consequences of the academicization of design practice’
Susan Yelavich (comment essay) ‘Making repairs, making (environmental) amends’
Also note deadline for Abstracts for Beyond ‘Progressive’ Designing has been extended to 14 February.

The Harrisons and the Center for Art + Environment

Renowned ecological artists, Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, have teamed with the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art to create new work for their ongoing endeavor the Force Majeure, a series of land-based artworks responding to the challenges of global change – including "Greenhouse Britain" and the Tibetan Plateau.

On February 10, during the College Art Association’s Centennial Conference in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Harrisons will be announcing the launch of the 2011 Art + Environment Conference which is set to take place September 29 – October 1, 2011. Still enjoying the success of its first Conference held in 2008, the Museum will announce the line-up of 2011 Conference speakers, panelists and topics.

The Harrisons will be featured as the keynote speakers for Convocation at CAA Conference held February 9 – 12, 2011.

For more about the Harrisons exhibition at the Museum please see:

Barrier Beautification: Spring 2011 Open Call

This spring 2011, the New York City Department of Transportation is partnering again with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit & New York Cares to paint selected barrier sites around the City. Individual artists or artist teams are invited to submit applications. DOT will help oversee artwork production, translation and design implementation. DOT and NY Cares will provide materials and tools to paint the design. Barrier sites will be primed and prepped in advance by NYC Community Cleanup. Each selected artist shall be assigned a site within one of the five boroughs and will be responsible for translating the design and overseeing the painting of the design onto the barriers. NY Cares volunteers will be assigned to assist each artist at a site on one Saturday in early spring 2011 to paint the design. To participate in this initiative, submit your application by Friday, February 25, 2011. Selected designs will be posted on the website and artists will be notified by phone within two weeks if selected. Visit to download the application. Also, we strongly suggest that you visit to view examples of completed projects to gain an understanding of the types of designs that have been approved by the Advisory Committee in the past.