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Advertisement vs. ineffective solution

The Skip Garden concept requires a great deal of advertisement. The focus of the idea is on a shared garden for the community. Those members of the community that need free produce are the ones with the inability to provide for themselves or their family. The cities in which the Skip Gardens are most likely to be implemented in are those with large amounts of construction projects. These booming cities tend to attract a larger community of impoverished individuals. This natural tendency provides a larger probability for a successful program. However, without sufficient advertisement, those who are in the most need for Skip Gardens would not be able to utilize them. The program relies on advertisement in order to be an effective and efficient solution to a large problem: food for the poor.

Necessary gardening conditions vs. poor harvest

The gardening conditions are crucial to the success of the Skip Garden program. Without appropriate weather conditions and provisional care, the harvest will be unproductive. Problems may arise regarding this condition and the location of the construction site. In other words, the weather conditions of the garden depend on the location of the construction, which cannot be controlled. Skip gardens in construction site dumpsters will only benefit the community if the dumpster is in an area exposed to sunlight and rain. The gardens must also be looked after regularly. Gardening, especially when growing produce, demands substantial care and attention. The skip garden plan is not simply a one-time implementation of a good idea. It requires continual attention in order to be successful. As soon as the needs of the garden are neglected, the idea falls through.


Mobile Design

In downtown King’s Cross, the idea of a garden in an urban environment seems to be a difficult idea. Skip Gardens are extremely beneficial for the community, particularly the impoverished, and can be easily transported from place to place. The mobility of the dumpsters allows for easy transitions to new construction sites upon the completion of each construction project. Furthermore, the upkeep of the dumpsters positively impacts the communities through which they travel by allowing for volunteers across areas to come together, spread the word about the Skip Gardens, and allow for more Skip Gardens to be developed as communities see its many benefits.

Strategic Situational Design

The Skip Garden is designed to conserve the limited amount of space within an urban environment. This design is strategically placed in a situation in which it seems impossible to incorporate ideas like communal sharing. The booming development of King’s Cross created a starting point for such an idea to formulate. These community gardens are placed in dumpsters at existing construction sites. This design is not solely meant for one location, becoming useless at the end of the construction project. By being placed in dumpsters, these gardens are easily transportable to other construction sites nearby. In cities of thriving development, the strategic placement of community gardens in portable dumpsters creates a convenient and effective solution to problems of poverty and a lack of communal relations.

1.      For: Users of beverage vending machines, environmentalists, recyclers, polymer engineers, etc.

2.      What target market is dissatisfied with: People not willing or just too lazy to recycle will just dump empty bottles wherever they want. With these people illegally littering and not recycling, these recyclable materials are just put to waste. The lack of recycling has been such a significant issue over the past years, and a viable fix is essential to saving our environment.

3.      Innovation Offering: Our innovation project offers a durable re-usable drinking bottle, 30% of which from plants, that will fit into a unique vending machine. This machine will provide customers with an insert for their re-usable bottle where they can get a refill. A discount will be given to those who use this bottle.

4.      That Provides: Our innovation project will provide a solution to the amount of plastic bottles that are in circulation by developing the above concept.

5.      Unlike: This product will be unlike any other in that it will give consumers a bottle that they can re-use and not worry about the recycling that is seemingly forced upon society today.

6.      Solving Problem: The PlantBottle currently advertised,  states that it is 100% recyclable. However, this does not mean that 100% of people recycle. With this new vending machine design partnered with the PlantBottle, we promote recyclable materials, as well as reduce the current amount of these materials in circulation.

Oil and Water Don’t Mix

10, نوفمبر 2010


Video: Oil and Water Do Not Mix

On the evening of April 20, 2010, gas, oil, and concrete on the Deepwater Horizon began to climb and explode up the oilrig’s wellbore and onto the deck. During the massive fire that the explosions caused, eleven workers were killed. When the oilrig finally sunk on the morning of April 22, it sent a seemingly never-ending stream of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and onto the beaches in the area including Coastal Louisiana. The initial estimation of barrels-per-day that flowed into the sea was approximately 1,000. The estimation climbed to 5,000 barrels a day, equaling an incredible 210,000 gallons in a day.

As organizations began to work on the containment of the oil, one British designer, Anthony Burrill, used spilt oil to design a poster with the intent of assailing the oil spill. Using oil from the beaches of Grand Isle just as one would use normal paint, the posters were printed via silk-screening at Purple Monkey Design in New Orleans. Organized and sold by Happiness Brussels, they sell for 150 Euros. All proceeds go to the coalitions for the restoration of Coastal Louisiana.


–          Funds to start and maintain project vs. restoration of coastal Louisiana

–          Resources vs. availability

–          Cooperative efforts for businesses harmed by oil spill vs. financial gain from project

–          Employees vs. beneficiaries

–          Intended outcome vs. actual outcome

Preliminary Notes and Rational:

–          Current issue that affects our environment today

–          Innovative method for using a problem as a viable fix

–          Creating a small fix for a problem to bring about a larger change