Friday, February 26, 2010

Green Exhibits During Vancouver 2010 Olympics

The Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver are coming to a close. While these games were meant to be the greenest Olympic games in history, the lack of snow forcing officials to helicopter and truck snow up to the mountains for a number of events probably negates that claim. The Tyee released an article on the Greenwashing of these Olympic games stating how these games used 5,600 vehicles, burned 20 million litres of petrol, and carved up nature. See article, Brown Edges to the 'Green Games'.

However, despite all this, there have been some interesting 'green' exhibits around town during the Olympics.

One of these exhibits is located outside of Science World (or what is now Ruski Dom during the Olympics). This exhibit has taken a number of giant globes and decorated them with various sustainability themes including conservation, green building, water and electricity.


Mother Earth and nature
Imagine if we built responsibly Recycled roof
Imagine if we Built Responsible & Recycled Carpet and Roof
Water world Light world
Water World & Electricity World

Given the popularity of Rusky Dom during the games, it is certain that a number of people will be viewing these over the course of the Olympics.

Other interesting exhibits during the olympics include CODE Live. At CODE Live 1 at the Great Northern Way Campus, a large factory that was once used to build machinery has been transformed into an exhibition. ECO ART is part of this exhibition and attempts to deal with nature through new technologies. Questions of ecology and issues of the world’s natural depletion of resources have found public visibility through these new persuasive technologies used both as educational and as poetic tools.

'Seed' is one of these exhibits.  'Seed' is a large screen upon which a digital forest can be created through the intersection between wireless technology and the mobile phones of the audience. Visitors have the opportunity to choose the type of tree they want to plant, grow their seeds in public and change the texture and color of each. The interesting intersection between the real and virtual in this exhibit, is that for every tree on screen, a real tree will be planted. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Caleb Charland - Science and Photography

Caleb Charland is a Maine-based photographer who combines a love of scientific experiments and photography. His artwork combines his scientific curiosity with a constructive approach to making pictures.  By utilizing everyday objects and fundamental forces, Caleb illustrates his own experiences with wonder.

Some examples of his work can be seen below. For more examples, please visit his website

Source: PetaPixel

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

International Development Week 2010

February 6-13 is International Development Week (IDW) in Canada. IDW is an initiative of CIDA which is implemented by the various councils for international cooperation around Canada.

The motto for this year's IDW is "Be Yourself, Be Bold, Be the Change!" As part of this, councils around Canada are profiling youth, ages 15-30, who are doing their part to be active global citizens.

In British Columbia, the BC Council for International Cooperation has profiled eight youth on their website.

To learn about events that are taking place around the province, visit CIDA's website.

Katherine Douglas is one of the individuals who is being profiled for IDW. At only 17, she has had some outstanding accomplishments.