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  • Patrick Lydon

    Patrick Lydon

    Patrick is Founder and Director of SocieCity.org, a socially-engaged network of artists, writers, and sustainability practitioners, inspiring empathic relationships between people, nature, and the places we live. Through SocieCity, as well as his own community-engaged environmental arts practice, Patrick works internationally to direct and curate projects which use the arts as a tool to re-connect people with each other and with nature. He holds an MFA in Art, Space & Nature from the University of Edinburgh, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Scotland), a BA in Design Studies from San Jose State University (USA), and was a visiting postgraduate student at the Isao Suizu Project Lab at Aichi University of the Arts (Japan). He also enjoys learning from trees, soil, wind, the sea, as well as kids and elders.

    January 30, 2017

    Finding Nature in the Walls of a Power Station
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    A review of Why Not Ask Again, the 11th Shanghai Biennale at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China, on view through 12 March 2017. It’s not unusual by any means in the contemporary art world, but as an...

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    August 21, 2016

    Farmers, Chefs, and Lawyers: Building an Ecology of One
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    We live in an ecology of separation. Our human-built ecology is today so far separated from the earth’s ecology that it is impossible for sustainability—let alone environmental and social well-being—to be achieved within it. This is where we are as...

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    April 30, 2016

    Visions of resilience: Eighteen artists say or show something in response to the word “resilience”
    Juan Carlos Arroyo, Bogotá
    David Brooks, New York City
    Katrine Claassens, Cape Town
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Ganzeer, Los Angeles
    Lloyd Godman, Melbourne
    Fran Ilich, New York City
    Frida Larios, Antiguo Cuzcatlán, Copán, and Washington
    Todd Lester, Säo Paulo
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    Mary Mattingly, New York City
    David Maddox, New York City
    E. J. McAdams, New York City
    Mary Miss, New York City
    Edna Peres, Johannesburg
    Caroline Robinson, Auckland
    Finzi Saidi, Pretoria
    Keijiro Suzuki, Yamaguchi & Nagoya

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    March 23, 2016

    Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities?
    Pauline Bullen, Harare
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Ganzeer, Los Angeles
    Germán Gomez, Bogotá
    Sidd Joag, New York City
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    David Maddox, New York City
    Patrice Milillo, Los Angeles
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal

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    February 15, 2016

    Intertwining People, Nature, and Place with Quilts and Thread
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    A review of Earth Stories, an exhibition on view at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles now through February 28, 2016. The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is tucked into a rather plain looking beige building...

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    January 20, 2016

    Creative Place-Making—This is The Nature of Graffiti
    David Maddox, New York City
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Germán Gomez, Bogotá
    Julie Goodness, Stockholm
    Mike Houck, Portland
    Todd Lester, Säo Paulo
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    Patrice Milillo, Los Angeles
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal

    Nature is all around us. Plants, animals, soil, air and water inhabit and animate our daily lives, whether you live in the country or in the city. We are invigorated by nature. We are inspired by its creatures, their beauty,...

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    September 21, 2015

    Move Slow and Connect People with Nature: The Economics of Happiness in Jeonju
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    A review of the International Conference on the Economics of Happiness, held on September 3-5, 2015 in Jeonju, South Korea. “We need to re-establish the link between city and land.” At the opening ceremony of the Economics of Happiness conference,...

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    September 16, 2015

    Social Practice Artwork: A Restaurant and Garden Serving up Connections to Urban Nature
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    Can an urban garden help us remember what it means to be human? Three months ago, we opened a slightly audacious restaurant and garden in a working-class suburb of Osaka, Japan with the intent of connecting people more deeply with...

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    July 13, 2015

    Trees of Life and Fruitful Relationships
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    A review of Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees, an exhibition on view at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, now through July 20, 2015. The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford is a beacon for global arts and culture in...

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    April 21, 2015

    Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists show and talk about their work
    Joshua Burch, London
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Mike Feller, New York City
    Andrés Flajszer, Barcelona
    Mike Houck, Portland
    Chris Jordan, Seattle
    Robin Lasser, Oakland
    Monika Lawrence, Bemidji
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    David Maddox, New York City
    Chris Payne, New York City
    Eric Sanderson, New York
    Jonathan Stenvall, Stockholm
    Benjamin Swett, New York City

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    April 16, 2015

    Artists, Vagabonds, and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    A review of Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture, an exhibition curated by Robin Lasser, Danielle Siembieda, and Barbara Boissevain at SOMArts, San Francisco, USA.  For such a far-reaching social and ecological exposition, Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and...

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    April 9, 2015

    What are “Garden Cities” Without a Garden Culture? How a Cultural Connection with Nature Can Build a Truly Sustainable Future
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    This marks the fourth year that my partner Suhee Kang and I have been studying, working with, living with, and learning from individuals in East Asia and the U.S. who are at the forefront of the sustainable (agri)culture movement. During...

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    November 2, 2014

    How can art (in all its forms), exhibits, installations and provocations be a better catalyst to raise awareness, support and momentum for urban nature and green spaces? 
    Jennifer Adams, New York City
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Marielle Anzelone, New York City
    Stephanie Britton, Byron Bay, NSW
    Pauline Bullen, Harare
    Tim Collins, Glasgow
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Lloyd Godman, Melbourne
    Julie Goodness, Stockholm
    Noel Hefele, Brooklyn
    Todd Lester, Säo Paulo
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    Elliott Maltby, New York City
    Mary Miss, New York City
    Lorenza Perelli, Chicago
    Stephanie Radok, Adelaide
    Lisa Terreni, Wellington
    Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph

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    September 7, 2014

    What is the meaning and role of the “sacred” in the design and management of urban green space and the building of cities that are both green and livable?
    Pedro Camarena, Mexico City
    Lindsay Campbell, New York City
    Jayne Engle, Montreal
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Mickey Fearn, Raleigh
    Divya Gopal, Berlin
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    Jimena Martignoni, Buenos Aires
    Erika Svendsen, New York City
    Maria Tengö, Stockholm
    Naomi Tsur, Jerusalem
    Gavin Van Horn, Chicago
    Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph
    Diana Wiesner, Bogota
    Kathleen Wolf, Seattle
    Mary Wyatt, Annapolis

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    August 20, 2014

    Lessons from Megijima: What Can the Loss of Culture Teach Us About Urban Nature?
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul

    In terms of physical implementation, we have an endless stream of good knowledge, theory, and practice for building sustainable, nature-inclusive cities; a collection reaching back for well over a century. What’s missing, I would argue, are not methods and knowledge,...

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    March 3, 2014

    Many believe that better information on the monetary value of ecosystem services is critical for getting cities to adopt more green infrastructure solutions to issues such as storm water management, heat island, storm surge, etc. True? What are the key knowledge gaps for convincing cities to invest in ecosystems services?
    Taylor Britt, Houston
    Nette Compton, New York City
    Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm
    Mike Houck, Portland
    Haripriya Gundimeda, Mumbai
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    Rob McInnes, London
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    Franco Montalto, Philadelphia and Venice
    Steve Whitney, Seattle

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