Philadelphia Eco-District Announces The Bio-Remediation Barge Dedication, Design Elements Document, and New Educational Programming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: 26 March 2019
Contact: Christopher Zelov
Phone: 484-554-4710
E-Mail: info@ecodistrictphiladelphia.org
Web: http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/

Philadelphia, PA — 26 March 2019 — The Philadelphia Eco-District, an initiative of the Knossus Project, announced today that the The Bio-Remediation Barge project will be dedicated to the memory of design pioneer Jay Baldwin.

Jay Baldwin (1933-2018) was an Industrial Designer and Soft Technology editor at the famous Whole Earth Catalog. He was a collaborator with R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983).

Christopher Zelov said, "Jay Baldwin was one of my principal design mentors. He taught me about how practice and prototyping, with a keen attention to nature's operating principles can lead to conceptual breakthroughs in Ecological Design. He also transmitted the joy of continuous learning and the power of the creative design/build ethos. It is fitting that we dedicate the Barge project in his memory."

Zelov added, "Jay Baldwin built the scale model for the Bio-Remediation Barge which is currently on display at City CoHo, 2401 Walnut Street, in Philadelphia."

In addition, the Philadelphia Eco-District announced that a one-page overview of the design elements for the Bio-Remediation Barge is now available at http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/articles/Bio-Remediation_Barge_DesignElements.pdf.

The Bio-Remediation Barge project is a multi-dimensional design concept for cleaning the Schuykill River in Philadelphia. The Barge is also conceived as an harbinger of the future of architecture that is integrated with cognitive living systems. A short 9 minute video introducing the concepts involved in the Barge project idea is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUUOqopbGP8.

At the most recent Eco-District meeting, Penn climate scientist Irina Marinov said, "I would love to teach in a regenerative environment like on the Barge, it reminds me of an EarthShip."

Christopher Zelov added, "The Barge is an iconic art, educational and scientific project that will help advance regenerative ecological thinking throughout the bioregion."

In addition, the Philadelphia Eco-District announced that the educational programming for the Barge is being expanded.

Christopher Zelov said, "We are looking for educational partners to realize this creative space for learning. In that spirit, we imagine a new film that will illuminate the design elements of the Barge."

More information about the Bio-Remediation Barge project is available at http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/the-bio-remediation-barge/.

About the Knossus Project
The Knossus Project is a Mid-Atlantic based research and development firm dedicated to guiding the citizenry through the labyrinth of life by producing custom built artifacts in the areas of Educational Film, Fine Art Publishing, and Green Design. Over the years, the Project has produced over 15 films, 5 books, and 4+ inventions. Including the multi-award winning film "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future" that helped launch the mainstreaming of the Sustainability movement, and has been used in classrooms around the world. To learn more about the Knossus Project, visit http://www.geniusloci.com/indexsub.htm.

About the Philadelphia Eco-District
The Philadelphia Eco-District is an incubator with a number of initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. It endeavors to plant creative seeds to foster regenerative ecological design thinking and practice at the neighborhood scale in the Philadelphia region. It is a grassroots, collaborative, and participatory thinking and doing initiative focused on making our neighborhoods flourish with Net-Positive℠ regenerative design. The initiative began in early 2016 with The Philadelphia EcoDistrict Oasis, a six month design studio with the University of the Arts. This led to an undertaking to seed Philadelphia's first Eco-District in Philadelphia. To learn more about the Philadelphia Eco-District, visit http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/.

New Article Posted “Eco-Districts and the Future of the City?”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: 3 October 2017
Contact: Christopher Zelov
Phone: 484-554-4710
E-Mail: info@ecodistrictphiladelphia.org
Web: http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/

Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA — 3 October 2017 — The Spring Garden Eco-District, an initiative of the Knossus Project, announced today that Christopher Zelov's article "Eco-Districts and the Future of the City?" has been posted at LinkedIn Pulse. The article raises the important questions which the Spring Garden Eco-District is poised to answer: to locally address the challenge of our time. To read the article in full, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/eco-districts-future-city-christopher-zelov.

About the Knossus Project
The Knossus Project is a Mid-Atlantic based research and development firm dedicated to guiding the citizenry through the labyrinth of life by producing custom built artifacts in the areas of Educational Film, Fine Art Publishing, and Green Design. Over the years, the Project has produced over 15 films, 5 books, and 4+ inventions. Including the multi-award winning film "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future" that help launch the mainstreaming of the Sustainability movement, and has been used in classrooms around the world. To learn more about the Knossus Project, visit http://www.geniusloci.com/indexsub.htm.

About the Spring Garden Eco-District
The Spring Garden Eco-District is an incubator with a number of initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. It endeavors to plant creative seeds to foster regenerative ecological design thinking and practice at the neighborhood scale in the Philadelphia region. It is a grassroots, collaborative, and participatory thinking and doing initiative focused on making our neighborhoods flourish with Net-Positive℠ regenerative design. The initiative began in early 2016 with The Philadelphia EcoDistrict Oasis, a six month design studio with University of the Arts Associate Professor Tony Guido and a group of undergraduates. This led to an undertaking to seed Philadelphia's first Eco-District in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. To learn more about the Spring Garden Eco-District, visit http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/.

The Spring Garden Eco-District Announces 7 Service Offerings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: 10 July 2017
Contact: Christopher Zelov
Phone: 484-554-4710
E-Mail: info@ecodistrictphiladelphia.org
Web: http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/

Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA — 10 July 2017 — The Spring Garden Eco-District, an initiative of the Knossus Project, announced today that it has launched 7 Net-Positive℠ Services.

Christopher Zelov, Founder of the Knossus Project and principal organizer of the Spring Garden Eco-District, said, "With the vast cinematic material the Knossus Project has produced over the last 25+ years on the frontiers of ecological design, I am delighted to organize our connections, partnerships and decades of research to offer these Net-Positive℠ services to the marketplace."

Zelov added "Net-Positive℠ Design refers to the art and practice of bringing forth regenerative eco-technology that gives back more than it takes."

The Spring Garden Eco-District now offers the following Net-Positive℠ Services: Energy Audits, Solar Fountains, Long Now Sculptures, Custom Green Walls and Roofs, Green Design including Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Custom Video Production, and Educational Programs including the "Inventing EcoFutures" course.

At the next Spring Garden Eco-District meeting on 16 July 2017 from 1–3 PM at Saige Cafe, 1631 Wallace St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Zelov will introduce these services so interested people can engage the great work of our time and begin to make the green transition.

Zelov said "At the meeting on the 16th, I will illuminate the Net-Positive℠ design philosophy we practice and how it informs each of our service offerings. I will also explore who might benefit from our services, the benefits of each, and we'll discuss any questions participants may have about each of the seven green service offerings we are launching."

CJ Fearnley, a co-organizer of the Spring Garden Eco-District and impresario of spontaneous cooperation, said "Since our first monthly meeting in January of this year, the Spring Garden Eco-District has held a monthly meeting to explore ideas to improve ecological regenerativity in today's world. I hope these seven service offerings will stimulate another engaged discussion as we marshall the talent to precipitate the green transition to expand the practice of ecological regenerativity in our cities."

For more information about the Spring Garden Eco-District and its seven service offerings visit the web site http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/.

Net-Positive℠ is a service mark of the Knossus Project.

About the Knossus Project
The Knossus Project is a Mid-Atlantic based research and development firm dedicated to guiding the citizenry through the labyrinth of life by producing custom built artifacts in the areas of Educational Film, Fine Art Publishing, and Green Design. Over the years, the Project has produced over 15 films, 5 books, and 4+ inventions. Including the multi-award winning film "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future" that help launch the mainstreaming of the Sustainability movement, and has been used in classrooms around the world. To learn more about the Knossus Project, visit http://www.geniusloci.com/indexsub.htm.

About the Spring Garden Eco-District
The Spring Garden Eco-District is an incubator with a number of initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. It endeavors to plant creative seeds to foster regenerative ecological design thinking and practice at the neighborhood scale in the Philadelphia region. It is a grassroots, collaborative, and participatory thinking and doing initiative focused on making our neighborhoods flourish with Net-Positive℠ regenerative design. The initiative began in early 2016 with The Philadelphia EcoDistrict Oasis, a six month design studio with University of the Arts Associate Professor Tony Guido and a group of undergraduates. This led to an undertaking to seed Philadelphia's first Eco-District in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. To learn more about the Spring Garden Eco-District, visit http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/.

Model of the Bio-Remediation Barge on Display at City CoHo in Philadelphia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: 29 March 2017
Contact: Christopher Zelov
Phone: 484-554-4710
E-Mail: info@ecodistrictphiladelphia.org
Web: http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/

Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA — 29 March 2017 — The Philadelphia Eco-District announced today that the Bio-Remediation Barge model built by the acclaimed industrial designer and technology editor of the Whole Earth Catalog Jay Baldwin is on display at City CoHo in Philadelphia.

City CoHo is a creative center for sustainability in Philadelphia located at 2401 Walnut Street. It is open to the public from 9-5 on Monday-Friday. You are invited to stop by and check it out.

The Bio-Remediation Barge is a dynamic design concept incorporating Solar Aquatic Technology to clean the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. It is slated to become an Environmental Education center, that also helps feed the city with its aquaculture production. This innovative architecture will be an icon of Philadelphia'a efforts to actualize the green transition. It will serve the river, all the creatures who depend on the river, and showcase the project of integrating human architecture with the ecological world.

Key benefits of the Bio-Remediation Barge include:

  • Cleans the pollution in the river
  • Produces aquaculture to feed the city
  • Symbolic Architecture for the Future City
  • An exemplar of the new approach of Building as an Eco-System
  • Vibrant classroom space for design schools in Philadelphia

For more information, visit the Philadelphia Eco-District page dedicated to the project at http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/the-bio-remediation-barge/.

About the Philadelphia Eco-District
The Philadelphia Eco-District is an incubator with a number of initiatives to nurture and catalyze the Green Transition. It endeavors to plant creative seeds to foster regenerative ecological design thinking and practice at the neighborhood scale in the Philadelphia region. It is a grassroots, collaborative, and participatory thinking and doing initiative focused on making our neighborhoods flourish with Net-Positive℠ regenerative design. The initiative began in early 2016 and continues to build momentum. To learn more about the Spring Garden Eco-District, visit http://www.ecodistrictphiladelphia.org/.