Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Cultures (FRIEC)

Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Cultures

FRIEC is a place to build cities that nurture humanity’s relationships with urban nature, through art and creative, cross-culture, cross-discipline collaboration.

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Revealing the roots of ecological wellness in cities

Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2019

Today’s post celebrates some of the highlights from TNOC writing in 2019. These contributions—originating around the world—were one or more of widely read, offering novel points of view, and/or somehow disruptive in a useful way. All 1000+ TNOC essays and roundtables are worthwhile reads, of course,…
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Reviews

Surveying diverse ecological arts projects

Glasgow Made the Clyde and the Clyde Made Glasgow

A review of “Clyde Reflections,” an art film by Stephen Hurrel and  Ruth Brennan, on exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland. The west coast of Scotland has been known to enchant, with its rough coastal edges, intricately carved islands, charming…
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Nature in Korea’s Capital: The Magic Stops at the Car Bridge

A review of Min Joung-Ki, an exhibition of large-scale urban nature paintings at Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 1982, Kukje Gallery is one of Korea’s most prolific exhibitors of international contemporary artists. Indeed, the institution is more of a small arts…
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French Landscape Painters and the Nature of Paris

A review of Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Moscow, an exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Art in Osaka, Japan. If we learn anything from an exhibition such as “Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings”, it might…
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Poetry and Fiction: The City We’re In

Writers reveal the cities of our dreams: resilient, sustainable, livable, and just.

The Singing Air

“…as if refusing to be caught / In any singular vision of my eye / Or in the nets and cages of my thought, / They tower up, shatter, and madden space / With their divergences, are each alone / Swallowed from sight.”— Richard…
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Time of the Poppies

“Do you seek the highest, the greatest? The plant can teach you to do so. What it is without will of its own, that you should be with intent – that’s the point!” —Friedrich Schiller Some days ago, after giving a lecture in a…
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More FRIEC Stories

Creative actions for ecological wellness around the world

Who Takes Care of New York?

Civic leaders and community members regularly put time and energy into caring and advocating for the environment. We call these acts of care stewardship. Beyond improving green and blue spaces, stewardship can also lead to other types of civic action. Local stewardship groups can…
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What is FRIEC?

We are a place for radical imagination
about what cities could be,
where artists and practitioners of all backgrounds
can come together to:

collaborate with each other,
cities, and nature

challenge the framework
of established knowledge

allow new ideas for sustaining cities
across disciplines, species, and ways of knowing

imagine collaborative movements for livable,
resilient, healthy, poetic cities and regions
in partnership with nature