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College campus commissions solar field/land art

The University of Buffalo has commissioned landscape architect Walter Hood to design a 5,000-panel solar array to be sited on 6.5 acres of its campus and to function as a signature piece of land art.  The Oakland, CA-based Hood won out over proposals by Vito Acconci and Diana Balmori with his proposal for a fragmented grid, meant to recall DNA, supported on posts and suspended over low-maintenance grasses, crab-apple shrubs, ornamental lindens, trees and an existing creek, all of which will be publicly accessible.  University officials were keen on commissioning a design for the array that would transcend the banality of most large-scale solar installations.

The project will be funded by a grant from the New York State Power Authority and will feed into the university’s grid, supplying on-campus housing with enough electricity for approximately 700 students.

(via The Architect’s Newspaper)

June 1, 2010 Posted by | FKP | , , , | Leave a comment

Staten Island Film Festival, June 2nd-6th

The fifth annual Staten Island Film Festival starts tomorrow and features a slate of dozens of intriguing short and feature-length films, many of them about or featuring New York City’s outer boroughs.  Participating filmmakers include 15 from Staten Island (including Wu-Tang Clan leader the RZA) as well as many more from throughout New York City and as far afield as Las Vegas and Australia.  Some of these films sound amazing, and especially in the case of the Staten Island-based ones, this could be the best opportunity to catch them.  The festival kicks off at the St. George Theatre with Michael J. Weithorn’s A Little Help tomorrow at 7pm.

The Fifth Annual SINY Film Festival, June 2nd-6th
Screenings at the St. George Theatre and the College of Staten Island

June 1, 2010 Posted by | FKP | , , , | Leave a comment