Betty Lane The Larimer Consensus Group/The Larimer Green Team
Robert Germany The Larimer Consensus Group
The Living Waters of Larimer: A Fresh Infrastructure is an artist led project and collaboration between a community, architects, engineers and local artists. This projects seeks to address the entire Larimer neighborhood, creating demonstration projects and encouraging individual efforts to shape Larimer's redevelopment process.
Living Waters of Larimer shifts the paradigm of storm water from waste to resource. It creates a plan and demonstration projects to reinvent a community's water infrastructures, integrating rainwater harvesting into urban spaces, cultural life, and local economics. Collaboration and community participation are key to integrating green infrastructure that reflect community interests and aesthetics, and augment community life. With this project the present community takes control of their natural resources for future development.
Many organizations and individuals came together to create Living Waters of Larimer: A Fresh Infrastructure. In 2011, led by the Kingsley Association and evolveEA architecture, the Larimer community created the region's first ecodistrict plan, setting goals, identifying strategies around energy, water, food, transportation, and equity. Artists Betsy Damon and Bob Bingham organized to educate and involve the entire community using art installations, workshops, and on-the-ground outreach. Individuals and artists in the community are encouraged to create projects and business plans that integrate rainwater harvesting, and be part of this neighborhood-wide effort. This project is approached as a reproducible model so that other communities will have a functioning precedent for community-controlled green infrastructure.
Living Waters of Larimer Workshop January 2015
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CODA: Collaboration of Design + Art
The global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.