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Dear fellow designers and creatives,
I'm writing to ask for the support of my creative community for an experimental indoor gardening project, based on NASA's brilliant research on the qualities of some common houseplants, and further inspired the groundbreaking vertical gardening vision of Patrick Blanc.
I'm a graphic designer and silversmith, and together with my studio community at Northcity4 (www.northcity4.com. - a non-profit artist and education space in Brunswick) would like to build a permanent forest on wheels. A large air-purifying garden indoors, to work effectively alongside our conventional workshop air-filters.
One of the main aims of the project is to make all the research findings and construction documentation available free of charge, for other designers, artists and interested wider community locally and internationally, to learn from and to discuss. We want to become a leading creative community on how to use plants effectively and sustainably in workshop settings, and we want to help others to do the same.
This initiative has now been selected a finalist in the Bank of Melbourne Local Project Competition, and has an actual chance of receiving funding, IF we reach the top two most voted projects in our category, Environment. The competition is very, very tight and we REALLY RELY on the individual supporting votes from like-minded people.
So - if you'd like to show your support, here's how:
2. You can also simply email email@example.com with your name and postcode. We can vote for you, if that's easier.
Please note that your details on the website or by email *WILL NOT* be stored, or used for any other purpose than counting the votes during the competition.
3. If you have a moment and some interested contacts, please forward this info to them and ask them for their help too.
Please don't hesitate to email Inari at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions, or would like further info and updates on the project. I'm happy to chat any time, and to keep in touch on the progress.
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If you had been around this forum for a little while you would have realised all threads are displayed on a single page, so no need for double posting. I've deleted the other thread (and am hoping you'll contribute to "your" creative community to give us good reason to not regard this thread as mere spam...).
We're a very friendly bunch but boy we hate spam!!
It seems a very interesting project and I'm sure if you did hang around your creative community on AiF a little you'd find many like-minded individuals.
Thank you for your advice, and for sorting out the thread issue.
I can assure you spamming was not my intention - apologies if my posts came across that way!
I believe very strongly in organic future technologies as part of different fields of design, and am passionate about researching plants, gardening and their possible uses within working environments. As a graphic designer for twenty years, before also embarking on a silversmithing career, I've seen what a difference the physical studio environment can have on people's physical health, as well as spirit and motivation.
My major aim, together with my studio community Northcity4 in Brunswick, regarding the Indoor Forest-project is hence to SHARE all the research to other design and art communities, and anyone interested, for free. With information design skills on my side, I believe I can make data more easily readable and usable, so this project can make a real, practical difference.
I'm happy to anyone reading these posts to contact me for further information, as well as updates on the project (we are planning to get started regardless of whether we win in the Local Project competition; just in much smaller steps.) My email address is email@example.com.
Thanks again for having me here, and for your support if you're interested.
Hi Scotty, that's an interesting conclusion to draw ;)
The NASA list of most effectively air-purifying plants doesn't mention your guess of greenery, but who knows, they may have very well tested it at some stage anyway... After all, they were researching how to make space stations better places to live! Here's a pretty comprehensive article about the whole topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3230460
Also, please note the Bank of Melbourne's website edit of our original text is very short, and has actually left out the main aim of our plan:
For the wider community, the benefit would be our shared research and construction process documentation which we believe will inspire other similar projects and further research, as well as productive links between Australian and international groups. I myself, for instance, got a spark to look at this field further by seeing Patrick Blanc's NGV lecture in 2009 (see www.verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com). This is how great ideas are disseminated - by great examples and good communication.
For our smaller studio community and visitors there will be cleaner air and more enriching studio environment, coupled with a fascinating design task of setting up and maintaining the installation.
Let me know if you have any other questions, always happy to engage in topical conversation.
I think a working environment and especially the air quality is something that is often overlooked by employers.
Every office environment I've ever worked in has suffered from the same thing and air conditioners have been a constant curse.
My experience with houseplants is they just need watering once a week and a feed every now and then (actually, I'm not too good at the last point and they keep soldiering on). If that's the case then the extra work ought to be balanced against the potential health benefits.
Establishing the gardens on the other hand could be difficult (am trying to sprout a money plant at the moment to no avail!) and potentially expensive as I'm learning that these plants are slow growing.