Inhabitat reader dnl.phillips tells us about his Greenaid project, which installs “Seedbomb” vending machines in urban spaces to enable average city dwellers to become modern day Johnny Appleseeds. By appropriating quarter-operated candy machines for distribution of these vegetal concoctions, the Greenaid project attempts to temporarily reclaim and transform neglected urban sites into spaces worth looking at and caring for.

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Greenaid machines can be strategically placed at various sites across any urban area and filled with micro-seedbombs specially formulated for a specific locale or context. The project is equally an interactive public awareness campaign, and a fundraising tool for grass roots action that engages directly yet casually with local residents to both reveal and remedy issues of spatial inequity in their community.

Commonstudio, an emerging interdisciplinary design studio based in Los Angeles, is currently developing a scalable initiative that explores the educational, ecological, and economic potential of the Greenaid system.

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