Design Goes On The 100 Mile Diet
Images credit Lloyd Alter
The 100 Mile Diet has been a meme on TreeHugger for a few years now, so it is fitting that that is the theme of a joint project of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) on the east coast and the University of Washington (UW) on the west. TreeHugger emeritus Domenic Murren describes the problem: "Participants sourced sustainable materials from a 100-mile radius - and energy sources in keeping with the same circumscribed theme - to develop prototypes that address profound questions of place, production, climate, and culture."
MICA's Inna Alesina and her students collected invasive species including "bamboo, Phragmatis, Atlantis (The Tree of Heaven) and highly invasive vines. Students also collected abundant materials such as drift wood, local clays , well as left-overs from industry such as oyster shells and cloth." More at MICA
I asked Domenic what the critical difference were between the two schools, on opposite coasts, and if they had a different design aesthetic; he explains in the video.
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