I worked with artist/designer Hernani Dias on "Refarm: Refarm the City" at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center as an Interactive Developer. My role in the design process was developing physical computing components, data visualizations, developing a CMS for "Refarmers" to communicate with each other and designing a small sample farm for Eyebeam Open Studios.
Refarm the city is a kit of both software and hardware tools for urban farming. It aims at creating farming tools for people living in big cities and creating a social network by bringing these people together around the notion of FOOD and GROWING your OWN FOOD.
Data Visualization Stage
Refarm focuses on promoting a sustainable life based on urban farming by giving people all the tools and information they need to grow their own food. These applications below provide help users to build, manage and control their farms giving information on what, how and where to grow food. Hernani and I both worked on the visual and structural information design.
Physical Computing Stage
It is a smart farm that takes care of itself when you are on vacation or just out of town. The farm has temperature and humidity sensors that activate the water pump accordingly. The scarecrow on the farm acts as a visualizer with 48 leds, telling the user the farm's conditions by color-coded blinking leds.
Workshop @ NYC Resistor
Hernani and I also facilitated a 2 day Arduino workshop in NYC Resistor teaching the basics of Arduino and making an introduction to the open source world of ReFarm the City and assembling a ReFarm kit. Participants came with no or little knowledge in electronics. At the end of the workshop each participant had their own kit and mobile farm ideas to implement. We also organized a brainstorming session around what different farms they can make with recycled materials and what different seeds they can grow considering their physical circumstances in their home, work or other places.
Open Studios @ Eyebeam
I also presented our ReFarm sample during Open Studios at Eyebeam. We shared ReFarm the City design principles, the initial story and inspiration and showcased our design process and our working prototype. We engaged in with artists, creative technologists and many curious passers-by.