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The Curating Cities Database maps the increasingly important and emerging field of eco-sustainable public art. It is developed as a resource for researchers, academics, artists, curators, educators, commissioning agencies and sponsors working in the field as well as those interested in promoting sustainability via public art. In addition to descriptive information, the database evaluates the aims and outcomes of each project as well as the external constraints (and subsequent negotiations) that influence the production of public artworks.

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The Hive : Wolfgang Buttress
The Hive
Wolfgang Buttress
The Hive is an immersive audiovisual installation that integrates experimental architecture and leading edge art-science to create a space for reflecting upon our relationship with a changing environment.
Vacant Lot of Cabbages : Barry Thomas
Vacant Lot of Cabbages
Barry Thomas
In Wellington, New Zealand in 1978, one hundred and eighty cabbage seedlings in the shape of the word CABBAGE were planted on a long-disused site without permission, challenging a lack of community consultation in decisions relating to the city landscape. Due to public engagement it became known as ‘soapbox art corner’.
Green My Favela : Lea Rekow
Green My Favela
Lea Rekow
Green My Favela is an environmental remediation project primarily located in the favelas (informal settlements or slum communities) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. GMF was formed to reclaim degraded land and to create more productive green spaces with favela residents.
Helsinki Plant Tram : Wayward Plants
Helsinki Plant Tram
Wayward Plants
Helsinki Plant Tram is a participatory public art project which incorporates two components; the Urban Plant Tram Action, and the Plant Tram Urban Garden to encourage a network of urban gardens within the city.
Artfarms : Michael Beitz, Ethan Breckeridge, Kyle Butler, Millie Chen, Joan Linder, Megan Michalak
Artfarms
Michael Beitz, Ethan Breckeridge, Kyle Butler, Millie Chen, Joan Linder, Megan Michalak
ARTFARMS tackles the post-industrial landscape issue of empty land and urban renewal by connecting artists and farmers in the East Side of Buffalo, New York, to create city-farming solutions.
Cross(x)Species Adventure Club : Natalie Jeremijenko
Cross(x)Species Adventure Club
Natalie Jeremijenko
Producing experimental culinary designs—including recipes which incorporate bats, geese, snails, bio-char and water buffalo milk—the New York-based Cross(x)Species Adventure Club is driven to find solutions for improving our natural systems.
xClinic Farmacy : Natalie Jeremijenko
xClinic Farmacy
Natalie Jeremijenko
xClinic Farmacy is a distributed urban farming project that seeks to enhance environmental health and re-imagine food systems. During the summer of 2011 a clinical trial of Farmacy was installed at Postmasters Gallery, New York.
The Energy Cafe : Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs)
The Energy Cafe
Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs)
Energy Cafe was a community-based, portable, off-grid kitchen, which explored alternative energy, urban agriculture, and shared public space. Pilot Publishing (Amy Plant and Ella Gibbs) held workshops, talks and open days where visitors could actively participate in creating the work.
Not A Cornfield : Lauren Bon & Metabolic Studio
Not A Cornfield
Lauren Bon & Metabolic Studio
This project involved planting a cornfield on a 32-acre piece of land in the centre of Los Angeles that was stewarded for a full agricultural cycle. It sought to redeem a plot of once-fertile land depleted by industrialisation.
Hot Summer of Urban Farming : Camilla Berner, Gillion Grantsaan, Nance Klehm, Marie Markman, Jonas Maria Schul,  Åsa Sonjasdotter, Hartmut Stockter and YNKB.
Hot Summer of Urban Farming
Camilla Berner, Gillion Grantsaan, Nance Klehm, Marie Markman, Jonas Maria Schul, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Hartmut Stockter and YNKB.
A collection of Danish and international artists explore methods of re-invigorating the city landscape with urban agriculture and gardening. Central to the public art project’s themes is the re-imagining and infiltration of urban space.
Del Aire Fruit Park : Fallen Fruit
Del Aire Fruit Park
Fallen Fruit
An urban fruit orchard located in Del Aire Park, Los Angeles that will be stewarded and harvested by the local community. To bring the project to fruition the artists staged a fruit tree adoption program, a jam-cooking event (‘fruit jam’) and a tree-planting day.
Dalston Mill : EXYZT
Dalston Mill
EXYZT
A disused railway line and waste ground in the East London suburb of Dalston was transformed into a temporary 16 metre high fully functioning flour mill with a community kitchen and bread oven that was open to the public.
Seeding the City : Eve Mosher
Seeding the City
Eve Mosher
Seeding the City is a grassroots project that incorporates social networking to find methods for greening the city. Residents were invited to build compact garden modules on their rooftops to create a large-scale green roof system throughout the city.
Victory Gardens 2008+ : Amy Franceschini from Future Farmers.
Victory Gardens 2008+
Amy Franceschini from Future Farmers.
Victory Gardens 2008+ is an extensive program that incorporates art and design with agriculture to transform unused spaces around the city into edible gardens.
This database is developed by the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) at COFA, UNSW in association with the City of Sydney and Carbon Arts as part of the Australian Research Council ARC linkage project Curating Cities.