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precedent log.

November 21

after a week stint in new york city with my studio class, it’s back to the grindstone in order to prepare for our quarter review on monday november 24th [if anyone out there is on the cal poly campus during the day i suggest they stop by 05-105 to check it out]. the travels to new york were great, and i entered the trip ready to enjoy my stay in new york [the last time i was there a little over 2 years ago i didn’t like it due to unjustified californian discrimination]. i will be editing photos from my trip once i am done preparing for this review+will be sure to share them with you, my cyber buddies.

in prepping for the review i have found it difficult to keep track of some of my precedent studies for my thesis. i had written an earlier post regarding what a precedent is, and i am still in limbo with my precise definition of the word. but for now i am concentrating on that which contains any number of my thoughts regarding my project.

below is a series of these studies. some are events, some are buildings, some are conceptual drawings, some are books, some are government programs. most important, they all take into account what it is to feed ourselves [from where our food comes from to how we prepare and share it with others].

please take a moment to look at these and let me know if you have any thoughts at all about them. your input is always appreciated and encouraged.


i had written a previous post on this piece, a summer installation at the ps1 extension of the MOMA in new york. to me, it continues to be a highly influential exhibit to encourage urban agriculture in an increasingly urban world  and express the beauty and design potential of urban gardens. comprised of interactive features including periscopes, small pools and plug’n’listen terminals it became a destination for city residents throughout the summer.


usda victory garden program.

decades ago, during both the first and second world wars, the united states government encouraged its citizens to plant gardens to provide rations for themselves and to contribute to the war effort. these gardens were not just a means of reducing reliance on canned food during wartime, but also acted in providing citizens with morale boosts by allowing them to engage in the war effort and participate in their community, maintaining a positive homefront for all. by producing their own vegetables, residents could help lower the cost of vegetables for the troops abroad. imagine being considered “unpatriotic” for not having a garden, what a thought. in 1943 alone, americans created over 20 million victory gardens, their production accounted for nearly 1/3 of all vegetables consumed that year. quite a difference when we consider that our food travels an average of 1500 miles to get to our plate today.


permanent breakfast.

what began as a gathering of artists in 1996 on a street in Austria is now a growing international movement. the concept is to reclaim our public spaces by hosting a breakfast with a group of friends/strangers/family, with one person extending the invitation to 4 others, who in turn invite 4 others [a kind of chain invitation] in order to gather a considerable group for a public meal. each individual is encouraged to bring a dish, a type of potluck. it is a beautiful idea to encourage people to gather and use our public spaces in a different way, a more personal way such that social interaction and involvement can be sparked with food as the catalyst for it all. working on doing something of the sort here in san luis obispo.


machu picchu.

an ancient example of a civilization working with the landscape and its people in an attempt to provide subsistance for its population. this peruvian site is in the andes mountains and is listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. the terraced mountains provided flat land for intensive cultivation as well as dwellings for the city residents. careful consideration was taken in order to orient the city for proper daylight and rain catchment for irrigation of the fields which once existed there. i’m pretty sure this still is at the top of my mom’s places to visit, as well as mine.


center for urban agriculture by mithun architects

still in its conceptual phases, this complex is envisioned as a residential and educational facility intended to provide information and a working example of intense cultivation in an urban environment. it was the winning entry in the “living building challenge” in the cascadia region of washington because of its integration of living and growing functions. i haven’t been able to find much information on the project, but i am in love with the idea behind it: your residence is living, providing you with a great incentive to interact with the environment just outside (or inside) your window to provide both substinance and views for your community.


the last supper.

don’t be offended. i genuinly think that this is extremely relevant to my project in that it is an example of what a meal can do to provide conversation and interaction between people. jesus gathered his apostles and disciples at this infamous dinner to tell them that one of his twelve apostles would betray him. so why is this important? because jesus could have had this gathering anywhere, on a mountain, near a lake, or in a barn. but he chose the dinner table to share the news, and with the meal came extremely important rituals in the christian faith [the analogy between bread, wine and the body] apparently originated from this meal. like i said, don’t be offended.


that’s all for now. more later, including information regarding my vellum furniture entry.

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