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Posted By Sarah Rich On July 31, 2006 @ 6:28 am In Art,Botanical,Design,Green Products,Innovation,Interactive Objects,Urban design | 35 Comments
If you’ve gotta run the wheel, you might as well do it in bare feet. Many of us are so busy being good little hamsters that we never have face time with green space. A group of students from Dalhousie School of Architecture  — David Gallaugher, Kevin James, and Jacob Jebailey — decided to remedy this problem with a street-ready grass-lined wheel.
The wheel is of simple construction–just plywood, mesh, fishing line, and sod–but it’s loaded with meaning. On one hand, it’s a playful protest to the lack of public green space in Halifax . On the other hand, using sod for their material offers a deeper critique on urban greenery.
This project reminds us of Rebar’s PARK(ing) , which turned metered parking spaces into temporary parks. Both concepts point out not only on our lack of interesting green space, but also our lack of time to enjoy them. We’re huge fans of urban intervention as a means of shaking up normalcy and calling for a change.
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URLs in this post:
 Dalhousie School of Architecture: http://architectureandplanning.dal.ca/architecture/index.shtml
 lack of public green space in Halifax: http://www.yeconline.ca/2006/?q=node/67&PHPSESSID=759ebb72f46d28e90fc9def0bb55e7fe
 personality of a military haircut: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2005/12/12/how-to-eat-your-lawn/
 Rebar’s PARK(ing): http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/01/19/how-to-turn-a-parking-space-into-a-park/
 Good: http://www.goodmagazine.com/blog/post/view/582/
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/07/take_the_park_w.php
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