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Woman Fights Homophobia With Her “Relentlessly Gay” Garden

Baltimore resident Julie Baker has big plans for her colorful front yard.

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While people have spent the past decade fighting about gay rights and gay marriage, the debate moved into heated new territory earlier this week when one woman decided to finally put a stop to gay … gardens. A couple of days ago, Baltimore resident Julie Baker received an angry note from a neighbor stating her garden had become “relentlessly gay” and it was time for her to put a stop to it. Instead of cutting back her operation, Baker decided she’d fight back by making her garden bigger, badder, and way—way—gayer.

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Why We're Planting Wildflowers Across LA County

We're so excited to be presenting an amazing project by artist Fritz Haeg, entitled Wildflowering L.A.

We're so excited to be presenting an amazing project by artist Fritz Haeg, entitled Wildflowering L.A. The project is huge, occupying the entire urbanized region of the county, and will come together by dispersing native wildflower seeds to local residents and businesses in the fall, then gathering the photos, stories, cuttings, and mapped locations at a central project headquarters during the period of peak bloom in Spring 2014.

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Awesome Eco-Housing Tower for Taipei Shaped Like a Double Helix

The most striking thing about Agora Garden, designed by Belgium's Vincent Callebaut Architectures, is that it will be shaped as a strand of DNA.



The most interesting thing about Agora Garden, a new residential building set to open in 2016 in Taipei isn't its vertical gardens that boast organic vegetables and medicinal plants on every floor; nor is it the recycled materials it will be built from; or even the rain water tanks that will be used for irrigation in the gardens, the nests for birdlife, or the composting facilities that will convert waste into fertilizer and garden furniture. Those are all pretty cool features. While it's sustainable and environmentally sound, the most striking thing about Agora Garden, designed by Belgium's Vincent Callebaut Architectures, is that it will be shaped like a strand of DNA. A building as double helix—source of life, synthesis, and being.

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Want to Build a Guerrilla Garden? This Crowdsourcing Platform Could Help

To build your garden, you have to get word out and recruit people to get involved by sharing the story of your project through your social networks.


So you know of an open lot in your neighborhood that would be perfect for a community garden. You really, really want to build one, but you don't quite know how to pull it off. Let's be honest—the idea of pulling off a garden build can be pretty daunting. You need a lot of supplies, possibly some funds, and, ideally a bunch of people to help—unless you feel like devoting the next couple weekends to digging.

You've heard of barn raising, right? That old tradition of collective community action in which the whole community used to gather together to build a barn for their neighbor. At thrdPlace, a newly-launched local platform for social action, we're bringing it back by tapping online community to drive on the ground action. So, think barn raising and replace it with… community gardens, mural creation, or art pop-ups. We help get the word out and recruit people to get involved by sharing the story of your project through the social networks of each person who comes to your project page and clicks to support your project.

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Urban Air: Los Angeles Artist Transforms Billboards Into Floating Gardens

Los Angeles artist Stephen Glassman wants to replace the clutter of billboard advertisements with gardens floating in the sky.

Imagine sitting in traffic during your daily commute and instead of seeing the clutter of countless billboard advertisements you see gardens floating in the sky. That's the kind of green experience Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Glassman wants us to have as we travel through our urban landscape. His Urban Air project hopes to transform the steel and wood frames that hold billboard advertising into suspended bamboo gardens.

Glassman's been creating large-scale bamboo installations across Los Angeles since the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. He came up with Urban Air because—like many of us who live in congested cities—he saw a need for more fresh, green space, and a greater connection to humanity. The idea won the 2011 London International Creativity Award and proved so inspiring that Summit Media, a billboard company based in Los Angeles actually offered to donate billboards along major streets and freeways.

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Way back in April, we announced our project, Design a School Garden with LAUSD (and We'll Build It!). Over the next few weeks we received 40 submissions from all over the country (and a few outside of it as well), with ideas from architects, teachers, gardeners, and parents about how we could create better outdoor classrooms for our schools. Last week, our esteemed jurors convened and chose five winners as well as one special commendation. Congratulations to all the winners, listed in no particular order.

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