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Barge Urban Homestead

Courtesy The New York Times

Courtesy The New York Times

The New York Times has an article today about a group of people who have set up home on a barge in the New York Harbor:

For the last two months artists have been floating around New York City on the Waterpod, a 3,000-square-foot experiment in community living and artistry. Founded by Mary Mattingly, whose medium is mainly photography, it was envisioned as a self-sustaining living space, an eco- and art-friendly sphere that could be recreated in the future, when land resources might be scarce. Preparing for the project, Ms. Mattingly thought about hardship and utopia. And so the Waterpod — at least that part of it that is not a commercial shipping barge, whose rental was backed by dozens of public and private groups — was built from donations and recyclables. Its systems run on solar power; its crew grows its own greens, collects its own rainwater. These things cared for each day, the notion was that the crew could work on more creative pursuits.

Part utopia, part zoo, and part Real World-rivaling drama,  it’s a fascinating project. More here

**Update** This just in from our friend Severine:

Severine and many other agricultural folks will be at the Waterpod Project.
come join!

My event is DIY 4H.
we’ll be working with amaranthus.
see you there.
– Severine


in a full day of events and workshops including Get Your Garden On from 1-7 PM, musical performances from Nina Gordon and Savannah Sky, Hydroponics with Lee Mandell of Boswyck Farms, and an installation by artist Marc Dulude.

1 PM – 3 PM
Carissa Carman and Logan Smith, the Waterpod™ Living Systems Designers. This is your chance to garden on the Pod. Come explore hands on garden maintenance, tricks, tips, insect identification and harvesting. A great event for the family or anyone interested in getting in touch or exercising their green side.

3 PM – 4 PM
Britta Riley from The Window Farms Project will be doing a how-to-build a window farm.

4 PM – 6 PM
Severine von Tscharner Fleming from The Greenhorns: DIY 4H: Hands-on.

6 PM – 7 PM
Annie Novak from Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint will be stopping by to help out. With additional special guests: Urban Plant research.

Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBPDC)
Subway directions: Take 4/5 to Borough Hall Station. Head west on Joralemon Street toward Clinton Street to Furman Street. Take M/R to Court Street, 2/3 to Borough Hall Sation Head west on Montague Street toward Cadman Plaza West. Turn left at Henry Street Turn right at Joralemon Street towards the river. Click here for a map.

Waterpod™ is a floating, sculptural, eco-habitat designed for the rising tides. It will depart in the summer of 2009, navigate down the East River, explore the waters of New York Harbor, docking at several Manhattan piers on the Hudson River before continuing onward.

The Waterpod™ demonstrates future pathways for water -based innovations. As a sustainable, navigable living space, the Waterpod™ showcases the critical importance of the environment and art, serving as a model for new living, d.i.y. technologies, art, and dialogue. It illustrates positive interactions between communities: public and private; artistic and social; aquatic and terrestrial while exploring the cultural richness of New York’s five boroughs and beyond. The Waterpod™ embodies self-sufficiency and resourcefulness, learning and curiosity, human expression and creative exploration. With this project, we hope to encourage growth and progress as we visualize the future. Through its dilatory, watery peregrinations, the Waterpod intends to prepare, inform, inspire, provoke, and fortify humanity for tomorrow’s exterior explorations.

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