why here why now

It seems that many designs prioritize one idea, beating subsidiary elements into submission towards that solitary influence. The intention of this process is to suspend selection, to generate as many ideas as possible, allowing for systemic priorities to emerge. This public display seeks feedback from those that are interested in contributing, particularly those with experience in urban food or waste systems. Or anyone that ponders topics of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Everybody’s gotta eat, right?

This builds towards a larger interdisciplinary-professional initiative: bringing systems that support life [food water energy] back into a position of design prominence as well as social_cultural_political prestige. Too often ‘the dollar’ is used to translate objects + experiences into universal units of trade. Causal costs of decisions, such as those acknowledged by life-cycle analysis, are gaining ground. Yet mainstream American life is still tied to some of the lowest food costs with some of the highest entertainment expenditures. But this is our reality.

We cannot merely state an alternate ideal, we must propose steps that will transition us to ecological loops from our uni-directional system of production-consumption-waste.What does it really take for us, in this day and age, to uphold the intention of the US Constitution: establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,  promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of liberty to ourselves and future generations?



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