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    Begin forwarded message: From: Sam Bower CALL TO ARTISTS, ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS & INVENTORS aLIVe: a Low Impact Vehicle exhibition
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 13, 2009
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      From: Sam Bower <sam@...>

      aLIVe: a Low Impact Vehicle exhibition

      Awards: Creativity & Vision, and People�s Choice Awards
      Selection Process: Open to all artists, architects, designers and
      inventors throughout the United States and Canada
      Media: Functional mechanical prototypes, design drawings, or digital
      renderings of low-impact vehicles. Artwork in any media that uses
      metaphor to challenge our ideas about vehicles and transportation.
      Innovative safety gear and outerwear for LIV users. Products already
      widely marketed are not eligible. The goal of this exhibition is to
      present new ideas. You are not required to have every detail resolved.

      Registration Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2009

      Exhibition Date: Saturday, August 22, 2009

      Exhibition Location: Seward Park, Seattle, Washington, USA
      Seattle Great City Initiative has already begun the work of educating
      the general public and elected officials about innovative
      transportation options through their �STREETS for PEOPLE� campaign.
      The purpose of this companion exhibition, aLIVe, is to launch the LIV
      Project, a multi-phase effort to re-think our transportation system.

      aLIVe seeks existing prototypes or self-funded Low Impact Vehicle
      (LIV) projects for a one-day, outdoor exhibition at Seward Park in
      Seattle on August 22, 2009. Anyone can exhibit. Projects will not be
      reviewed in advance of the exhibition date, but the organizers
      request that Participants carefully adhere to the project goals and
      guidelines described in this Call.

      This exhibition will take place in an urban park with a paved path so
      that exhibitors can both display and demonstrate their projects.
      Judges will present Creativity & Vision awards, and attendees will be
      asked to vote for People�s Choice awards. Artist-made trophies will
      be presented to the winners.

      The multi-phase Low-Impact Vehicle (LIV) Project seeks to address the
      scale of our transportation system. Our built environment is
      increasingly defined by and designed around high-impact vehicles such
      as cars, trucks, semis, and even motorcycles. As the scale of our
      built environment has increased, so has its impact on our economic,
      environmental and cultural health. Vehicles must be designed to
      withstand high-speed collisions, which significantly increases their
      cost and the resources required to manufacture, operate and store
      them. They rely on fossil fuels, they pollute, and they require
      extensive transportation infrastructure and economic subsidies to be

      The LIV project is looking for new ways to reduce the impact of
      transportation on air and water quality, in terms of vehicular
      emissions and land use. Our hope is that by creating low-impact
      alternatives to existing modes of transportation, we can decrease our
      use of fossil fuels, reduce vehicular emissions, and prevent
      unchecked growth of the transportation network. In Seattle, for
      example, 40% of the city�s total land mass is used to move and store
      private vehicles on roadways and in parking lots, garages and alleys.
      Of that, 26% of Seattle�s land is in the public�s �right-of-way,�
      which is, with the exception of transit and freight, primarily given
      over to single occupancy vehicles. These paved surfaces contribute to
      climate change in several ways: they radiate heat; they eliminate
      portions of the tree canopy; and they increase storm water runoff,
      which is the largest source of pollutants flowing into Puget Sound,
      annually flushing 22,580 tons of oil and pollutants into its waters.
      A greater diversity of transportation options would allow us to re-
      examine land use both locally and nationally, which is key to
      improving air, climate and water quality.

      How do we define a low-impact vehicle (LIV)? The simplest example of
      a LIV is a bicycle. Bicycles are designed to be easily propelled by
      the rider. They offer a low-cost alternative to cars, and they
      require fewer resources to manufacture, operate and store. They
      contribute minimally to pollution. For safety, a cyclist relies on
      specially designed protective gear, which also requires fewer
      resources to manufacture and purchase, and offers greater flexibility
      than features built into the vehicle itself. Bike-only or bike-
      friendly routes are typically also pedestrian-friendly, and do not
      adversely affect the air quality, tree canopy, or sensitive habitat

      In general, a LIV:

      � is designed around the human body.

      � has minimal impact in case of collision.

      � has a standard operating speed of 20 mph or less.

      � has a small carbon footprint to manufacture and operate.

      � has a small land-use footprint�it does not take up much space
      to drive or store.

      � promotes the use of mass transit by providing an effective
      way to complete trips (In Seattle, for example, Sound Transit light
      rail stations are being placed 2� miles apart on a north/south grid�
      the perfect setup for a commuter solution that involves LIVs.)

      What do we mean when we talk about designing LIVs around the human
      body? Research shows that humans are designed to travel at a top
      sprinting speed of 20 miles per hour. After that, the risk of
      fatality increases exponentially, which is why designing cars,
      trucks, semis and motorcycles to be on the road together consumes so
      many resources. Designing vehicles to run at lower speeds and
      creating specialized gear for user protection allows LIVs to have
      smaller footprints and to be lighter and easier to propel. A LIV
      could even be collapsible. Ultimately, the LIV project proposes we
      repurpose portions of the existing street grid for LIVs so they can
      be used safely. This will also reduce the amount of pavement needed,
      allowing us to reduce carbon emissions, reclaim space for the tree
      canopy, and preserve watersheds.

      LIVs may encourage the use of alternative energies for propulsion and
      offer more human-powered options, for significant environmental and
      public health benefits. LIVs may also dovetail with the goals of
      green business development. The LIV project aims to foster the design
      of production systems that can be replicated across regions to
      stimulate the economy through locally sourced materials and the
      creation of local green jobs.

      Right now, a bike is the only LIV that is permitted on our roadways.
      Not everyone can ride a bicycle, and most people can�t use a bike as
      their only form of transportation. We need more LIV options to make
      low-impact mobility available to all.

      aLIVe focuses on new thinking about LIVs�what is possible when we
      design around the human body? For this exhibition, we�re asking
      artists, architects, inventors and designers to create their vision
      of LIVable vehicles and LIVable communities that will enthrall,
      amaze, amuse and inspire.

      As much as our transportation system is a physical reality, it�s also
      a metaphor for our way of life. As a culture, we�ve internalized the
      myth of freedom on our freeways and failed to recognize the economic
      burden and environmental damage incurred. We fail to see the inherent
      paradox of a �faster, safer� vehicle. Worse, subsidizing our vast
      transportation networks shifts resources away from the things most
      central to preserving our culture and way of life, such as education,
      health care and the arts.

      To paraphrase the essayist Rebecca Solnit, as we risk losing our
      natural world to pavement, we also risk losing the world of our
      imagination. In Greek, �metaphor� means to travel, and as humans, we
      need to travel outside our immediate experience and out into the
      natural world to free our imaginations. If we only experience manmade
      environments, we begin to lose touch with our cultural language.

      aLIVe aims to repurpose existing resources and redefine the basic
      unit by which we design our communities. aLIVe is a chance to begin
      establishing a vision for systemic change. Imagine LIVs driving down
      LIVable streets, where the right-of-way extends to children playing
      beneath a LIVing infrastructure of shade trees. With LIV�s the
      opportunities for LIVable communities truly come aLIVe.

      Please join us at aLIVe in Seattle on August 22, to show the world
      what the future of transportation looks like!

      The purpose of this exhibition is to present new ideas. Refined is
      good. Rough is good. Goofy is good. Pie-in-the-sky is good. To
      qualify for aLIVe, a LIV isn�t required to be a fully functional
      transportation solution�it may be a metaphorical invitation to change
      our thinking and explore other options. At its essence, a human body
      is aLIVe�so motion of all types is welcome�dance, poetry, music�

      What can be exhibited?

      � Fully functional LIV prototypes

      � LIV works-in-progress

      � LIV design only

      � LIV metaphor-based art

      � Bicycles�but only if they are new or rare designs that are
      not widely marketed.

      � Outerwear to protect LIV users from weather and accidents �
      but again, only if it is an innovative, unusual design that is not
      already on the market. Fashionistas, hear our call!

      What does not qualify as a LIV?

      A vehicle that is designed around the traditional parameters�high
      speed, steel-to-steel collisions�is not a LIV, even if they are micro
      vehicles using alternative fuel sources. While these vehicles have
      benefits, they could still cause significant injury to a pedestrian.
      A motorized scooter is also not a LIV for the same reason, but
      mobility scooters probably would qualify, and push scooters are a LIV.

      � The Peraves Ecomobile is not a LIV because it reaches a top
      speed of 202 mph.

      � The Mitka Trike is a LIV because in electric mode it can go
      15 mph. The rider can increase this speed slightly by pedaling.

      � The Buscycle ethos is definitely LIV: �redefining how we move
      as a culture.�

      About the exhibition site

      Located in south Seattle, Seward Park offers extraordinary views of
      Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. Along the water�s edge, a
      2.4 mile path circumnavigates this 277-acre peninsula, providing an
      excellent demonstration space for aLIVe. Seward Park is composed of a
      range of habitats that include forests, savannas, grasslands, and
      lakeshore. The park includes a remarkable stand of old-growth forest,
      two active bald eagle nests, and a wide array of flora and fauna.
      Cultural facilities include the Seward Park Environmental & Audubon
      Center, the Seward Park Clay Studio and an outdoor amphitheater. In
      the summer, there are lifeguards at the beach. This is a great place
      to take your summer vacation!

      This exhibition will take place during the Healthy Parks/Healthy You
      event hosted by Seattle Parks & Recreation, which attracts about 500
      people. There will also be a fun run in the morning and a concert in
      the afternoon. More details to be announced later in the spring.

      Participant Responsibilities

      � Participants are responsible for delivering their project to
      and from the exhibition, including all related costs, seen and

      � Participants should plan on demonstrating their project to
      the general public.

      � If a Participant wants to allow the general public to operate
      their LIV, they will need to secure liability insurance with Seattle
      Great City Initiative and the City of Seattle as additional insured.
      All decisions regarding insurance are the sole responsibility of the

      � Participants should focus their efforts on the free exchange
      of ideas. No sales can take place at the park, but your name and
      exhibit title will be printed on an exhibition brochure and your
      contact information will be included on our website.

      � Participants retain all intellectual property, including

      � Participants should be in attendance for the full day. More
      day-of-the-show information will be provided upon registration.

      � Participants should understand that this is a community-led
      project that requires peace, love and understanding.

      Organizer Responsibilities

      � Organizers will promote the exhibition to the community and
      the press.

      � Organizers will include each Participant�s name and project
      title on the exhibition brochure with a corresponding number. This
      number will be printed on flags and given to the Participant, so that
      event-goers will be able to identify each project, even when the
      project is in motion.

      � Organizers will provide each Participant an opportunity to
      meet with a team of Judges. Awards for Creativity & Vision and
      People�s Choice will be presented at the end of the day.

      � Documentation of the exhibition will be hosted online, with a
      list of the Participants and their contact information. All images
      will be credited as follows: � Name, date of creation.

      Seattle Great City Initiative

      Jen Graves, Art Critic for The Stranger and adjunct faculty at
      Cornish College of the Arts

      Lorna Jordan, Environmental Artist

      Brice Maryman, Co-Founder of Open Space Seattle 2100

      Buster Simpson, Environmental Artist, Activist

      Jackie White, Environmental Steward, Seattle Art Museum

      Sam Bower, Founding Director of greenmuseum.org, San Francisco

      Heather Dwyer, 4Culture Program Manager, King County

      Marisa S�nchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art,
      Seattle Art Museum

      Cath Brunner, 4Culture Public Art Director, King County

      Nancy Rottle, University of Washington, Associate Professor,
      Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

      Karen Tsao, Seattle Parks & Recreation

      4 Culture

      Anne McDuffie

      Seattle Art Museum

      Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

      Seattle Parks & Recreation

      Please register as early as possible. You can register at
      brownpapertickets.com � or � by contacting the Organizer (info listed
      below). We will be promoting aLIVe on an ongoing basis, and we will
      add your name to our marketing materials as soon as you register.

      There are several categories for registration. We ask that you self-
      select the category that best fits your situation. We�ve tried to
      keep the entry fees low for all Participants. We understand that it�s
      not easy in this economy and that there will be costs associated with
      developing a project, but please consider an additional donation if
      it�s within your range. All funds go towards the LIV Project.

      This is a multi-phased project, and seeing it through from idea to
      implementation will require significant funding. If you�d like to be
      involved, but are not interested in exhibiting at aLIVe, please
      consider a donation of any amount. We will acknowledge you in our
      exhibition brochure, thank you personally and tell you how we plan to
      spend your donation.

      GOLD (SPONSOR): $250 and above
      Registering at the Exhibition Sponsor level allows many opportunities
      for visibility. Please call the exhibition organizer to discuss
      promotional ideas. Registration includes 2 sets of flags for project
      identification (if needed), listing in exhibition brochure and your
      company�s contact information posted on our website. Some
      opportunities for in-kind donation are available.

      Please consider sponsoring a project and/or providing a travel
      stipend for an exhibitor who must travel a significant distance to

      SILVER (PARTNER): $100 and above
      Registering at the Exhibition Partner level tells the community that
      you support the LIV concept. Registration includes 2 sets of flags
      for project identification (if needed), listing in exhibition
      brochure and your company�s contact information posted on our
      website. Some opportunities for in-kind donation are available.

      Please consider sponsoring a project and/or providing a travel
      stipend for an exhibitor who must travel a significant distance to

      Small businesses, non-profits and government agencies can register at
      the Organizational level. Please plan to participate in the
      exhibition. Include your organization�s name and logo on your
      prototype or work-in-progress. Registration includes 2 sets of flags
      for project identification, listing in exhibition brochure and online
      contact information.

      Self-funded projects should register at the Individual & Team level.
      Display a prototype or work-in-progress.

      Registration includes 1 set of flags for project identification,
      listing in exhibition brochure and online contact information.

      Concept entries are welcome. Bring your notebook and your own chair.

      Registration includes 1 set of flags for project identification,
      listing in exhibition brochure and online contact information.

      We encourage participation from forward-thinking artists, architects,
      designers and inventors. Please send your materials electronically,
      and these will be judged alongside other entries. Attendance not

      We will need volunteers to prepare for the exhibition and help us
      with the People�s Choice Award on August 22, 2009.

      Registration includes official volunteer gear.


      Register at www.brownpapertickets.com . Search events under �alive
      seward park�.


      Questions are welcomed! Please contact Cheryl dos Rem�dios,
      exhibition organizer at cheryldosremedios@.... This is a
      volunteer position, so please anticipate a response within 1-3
      business days.

      Richard Risemberg

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