Moe Beitiks

 

Meghan Beitiks (Moe for short) was originally turned on to the concept of sustainability while studying site-specific theatre on a Fulbright scholarship in Latvia. She spent the following years immersing herself in the worlds of organic farming and recycled veggie oil fuels by working on a farm in Oklahoma and driving across the country in a grease-powered veggie bus. Since then she's sought every opportunity to combine her passions for ecology and the arts. She is currently pursuing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Moe Beitiks
Modular Neuroid: A Personal Pollutant Sensor

Modular Neuroid: A Personal Pollutant Sensor

What if your five senses included the ability to detect carbon monoxide, methane gas and smoke? What if you could record and upload your exposure to these elements to a network of other users?

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Recycled CD Spindle Bagel Holder

Recycled CD Spindle Bagel Holder

Artist Rodrigo Piwonka went and did one of those things -- those things that epitomize simple, wholesome, good design so much that they make you never want to hear the word "bamboo" again. Yes,

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Hongtao Zhou Creates Frozen Furniture From Snow

Hongtao Zhou Creates Frozen Furniture From Snow

For artist Hongtao Zhou, creating magnificent snow sculptures isn't very difficult in winters as cold as those found in Wisconsin. But when Zhou was commissioned by the Milwaukee Art Museum to

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Artist Pete Dungey Turns Potholes Into Guerrilla Gardens

Artist Pete Dungey Turns Potholes Into Guerrilla Gardens

Some years ago a councilwoman of Davis, California protested the repaving of several historic alleyways in her neighborhood, claiming that new asphalt would destroy the 'mellow' ambience of the

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Stunning Rooftop Paintings Visible from Satellites

Stunning Rooftop Paintings Visible from Satellites

There's no doubt that Google Earth has given us all a new perspective. Apart from being able to see our own houses from above (weird!), we can even monitor global deforestation and track

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Ice Records Play the Songs of Melting Glaciers

Ice Records Play the Songs of Melting Glaciers

If the Earth growls, then glaciers beat-box. In an installation called Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull, Solheimajökull, artist Katie Paterson created three records out of glacier ice and then

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Book Cell: Octagonal Building Made Entirely From Books!

Book Cell: Octagonal Building Made Entirely From Books!

Architecture is knowledge, history, research and trend. This is literally evident in Book Cell, an octagonal building made entirely from books that was installed in the Modern Art Center in

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ECO ART: Nick Gentry’s Expressive Floppy Disk Paintings

ECO ART: Nick Gentry’s Expressive Floppy Disk Paintings

A look at Nick Gentry's paintings offers insight not only into the bold and soulful faces he paints, but of the stories locked in his medium. By salvaging discarded media storage ranging

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Asif Kahn’s Spectacular Furniture Made from Flowers

Asif Kahn’s Spectacular Furniture Made from Flowers

No longer a background flower, designer Asif Khan has taken the subdued aesthetic of Gypsophila (better known as Baby's Breath) and let it bloom into something splendid to sit

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The 5 Gyres Project Searches the Oceans for New Garbage Patches

The 5 Gyres Project Searches the Oceans for New Garbage Patches

You may be familiar with the dreaded Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- a massive soup of plastic debris, flotsam and junk floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Scientists say that ocean

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ECO ART: Vintage Needlework Upcycled as Trophy Art

ECO ART: Vintage Needlework Upcycled as Trophy Art

Saddened by the sight of abandoned needlework, a family of designers at Frederique Morrel have made upcycling tapestry their main passion. From old piles of handmade drapes, to forgotten

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SF Mayor Newsom Announces New Energy Efficiency Funding!

SF Mayor Newsom Announces New Energy Efficiency Funding!

Yet another reason New Yorkers might be jealous: the city of San Francisco has just announced 19.2 million dollars in new funding for energy efficiency programs. The bulk of the funds will go to

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ECO ART: Brilliant Images Carved into Leaves

ECO ART: Brilliant Images Carved into Leaves

Why settle for a postcard of the Mona Lisa, when you could have a hand-carved leaf engraved with her mysterious face? Making art with leaves isn't a new idea, but several online purveyors have

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Jean Luc Cornec’s Re-purposed Rotary Phone Sheep

Jean Luc Cornec’s Re-purposed Rotary Phone Sheep

Where do rotary phones sit within today's more modern, more digitized world? Does our constant manipulation of these familiar and classic, yet obsolete, objects in art and design

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ECO ART: Greenhouse Britain Opens in San Francisco

ECO ART: Greenhouse Britain Opens in San Francisco

If you're in the Bay Area right now, you have an extraordinary opportunity to take a glimpse into the work of two eco-art pioneers: Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison.  Since 1974, the

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Beautiful Papercraft Tree Pledges to Save 6,500 Acres of Rainforest

Beautiful Papercraft Tree Pledges to Save 6,500 Acres of Rainforest

The idea of a tree made from paper is kind of sad and ironic. Luckily, design group Le Creative Sweatshop constructed this paper tree from recycled, FSC-certified and carbon-neutral paper stock.

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Sunday Streets Return to San Francisco!

Sunday Streets Return to San Francisco!

San Francisco has just announced that it will be continuing its popular Sunday Streets program next year with new dates and locations for 2010! Running for the past two years, the event closes

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INTERVIEW: Ian Garrett Reports on COP15 and the Arts

INTERVIEW: Ian Garrett Reports on COP15 and the Arts

To get the word on the cultural scene at COP15, Inhabitat asked some juicy questions of Ian Garrett, co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Practice of the Art (CSPA). Garrett also teaches

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ECO ART: A Glimpse Into COP15′s Exhibits and Installations

ECO ART: A Glimpse Into COP15′s Exhibits and Installations

Whether it's through education, perspective-shifting installations, scientific research, or direct action, art is very much a part of the global-warming dialogue and this has never been more

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Incredible ‘Garbage City’ Rises Outside of Cairo

Incredible ‘Garbage City’ Rises Outside of Cairo

This unbelievable city piled high with trash is a real place called Garbage City, outside of Cairo in Egypt. It's populated by a community of workers called Zabbaleen, who personally collect,

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Earthship Lollipop: An Eco Gingerbread House Complete with Wind Turbine!

Earthship Lollipop: An Eco Gingerbread House Complete with Wind Turbine!

This holiday, ditch the traditional gingerbread house and make your confectionary construction eco-themed! Khai Foo & Elise Young of Solus Decor and Eastside Design have taken all the sugary

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One Ton CO2 Cube to be Dropped on Copenhagen

One Ton CO2 Cube to be Dropped on Copenhagen

  While Barack Obama visits Copenhagen this week for the United Nations Framework Convention, he may catch a rousing and informative glimpse of a ton of CO2. And we don’t just mean "a lot"

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The Green Sight + Sound Eco Art Benefit is Tonight in SF!

The Green Sight + Sound Eco Art Benefit is Tonight in SF!

CALLING ALL SAN FRANCISCANS! If you're looking for a way to recover from the rampant consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you might want to head out to the Mina Dresden Gallery tonight

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Online Sunsets: A Virtual Dusk and Dawn for the Internet Addicted

Online Sunsets: A Virtual Dusk and Dawn for the Internet Addicted

In this modern age of light pollution, cities that never sleep, 24 hour streaming TV and addictive RSS feeds, regulating one's own circadian rhythms can be, well...difficult. And for those of us

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Studio Lindfors’ Haunting Visual Prediction of Our Flooded Future World

Studio Lindfors’ Haunting Visual Prediction of Our Flooded Future World

The phrases "melting polar ice caps" and "rising water lines" are so ubiquitous now that they've almost lost their meaning. It's all too easy to think "it will happen to that city, not mine."

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Los Angeles Without Traffic!

Los Angeles Without Traffic!

It's a ghost highway in the middle of LA! Not the result of road closures, the apocalypse, a zombie scare, or a massive increase in the price of petroleum, this series of car-less highways are

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Terrafon Plays the Earth as an Instrument

Terrafon Plays the Earth as an Instrument

If the earth could make music, what kind of songs would it sing? This crazy contraption, called the Terrafon, actually lets us find out the answer to that question! Designed as a huge turntable

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re:Use Canopy Upcycled from Plastic Cups by BIOS Design Collective

re:Use Canopy Upcycled from Plastic Cups by BIOS Design Collective

One of the main principles of permaculture is that "the problem is the solution." Problem: tons of waste cups created by attendees of the OutsideLands concert in San Francisco. Solution: a

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Recycled Paperpulp Cabinet by Debbie Wijskamp

Recycled Paperpulp Cabinet by Debbie Wijskamp

It never ceases to surprise us that much of good, sustainable design is also deliciously fun. Take Debbie Wijskamp's paperpulp cabinets, for instance. They are what their name implies: drawers

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Yes Men Fix the World

MOVIE REVIEW: The Yes Men Fix the World

Spoiler alert: The Yes Men do actually fix the world-- but only on paper. For years this two-man team has been pranking conferences, newscasts, and exhibitions by posing as representatives of

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