Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cross-Species Dining: An Interview with Natalie Jeremijenko and Mihir Desai

Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist and designer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She directs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at NYU, where she is also assistant professor in Art. Together with molecular gastronomist Mihir Desai, she organises occasional Cross(x) Species Adventure Club dinners, featuring drinks and dishes that challenge guests to expand their idea of the food web, in order to imagine edible interventions that go beyond sustainability to actually augment ecological health.

Foodprinting: Denver & L.A.

IMAGE: Cilantro harvested in Watts, photo part of a set taken by D C Anstett. A couple of quick Foodprint Project announcements: first of all, if you’re in Los Angeles this Thursday, October 28, I’ll be participating in an evening of conversation entitled “Why is L.A. a Hungry City?” at the American Institute of Architects’ […]

Cake Criminals

IMAGE: Cake, reformatted by Danklhampel, image via Strange Harvest. In the first decade of the twentieth century, Austrian architect Adolf Loos boldly proclaimed, “The evolution of culture marches with the elimination of ornament from useful objects.” Frills and ruffles, cornices and entablature, even iced gingerbread — all these decorations could, in his view, be blamed […]


Over at the Glass House Conversations website, BLDGBLOG’s Geoff Manaugh has posed an interesting question, inviting speculation on the opportunities and pitfalls that might emerge as twenty-first century cities flex their geopolitical muscles in an increasingly urban world. The responses thus far are fascinating, with casual yet mind-blowing references to the unifying powers of sewage […]

Glacial Terroir

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of hearing Jim Fleming address BLDGBLOG’s Glacier/Island/Storm class at Columbia University’s GSAPP. Fleming teaches the history of science and technology at Colby College, and is the author of a recently released book on the fascinating topic of climate engineering, Fixing The Sky. IMAGE: Previously classified images of Starfish […]

Ask A Cabbie

Tim Hayward, Guardian food writer and editor of the year-old food quarterly, Fire and Knives, has made a lovely video featuring taxi driver Anthony Street. Together, they trundle round London, starting with a full English in a neon-lit Portakabin caff behind King’s Cross and ending with the perfect bacon roll. IMAGE: Still from Tim Hayward’s […]

SMS Soup

In his lecture at Sci-Arc last week, architect David Benjamin of The Living presented these wonderful soup bowls, which he and Soo-in Yang designed for the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.