Saturday, September 16, 2017

Eden in Iraq: Interdisciplinary Environmental Art and Design exhibition






Eden in Iraq 
Interdisciplinary Environmental Art and Design exhibition

SINGAPORE 6 - 20 October 2017


Opening Reception: Friday, 6 October 2017, 7 – 9 pm

Guests-of-Honor:
Dr. Alan Chan, Dean School of Humanities, Art, and Social Sciences
Jasim Al Asaidi, engr, Regional Director, Nature Iraq, Ngo ,El Chibaish, S. Iraq

Booksigning:  6 October 2017   8:30pm
Eden Turned on its Side by Meridel Rubenstein, University of New Mexico Press, USA

Artist Talk: Meridel Rubenstein and Peer Sathikh  Saturday 14 October 2017, 3-4pm


Eden In Iraq is an interdisciplinary, environmental art and design exhibition tracing the evolution of the wastewater remediation project in the marshes of southern Iraq near the historic site of the Garden of Eden.
 We have used environmental art, design, and wastewater to create a restorative wastewater garden for cultural memory, education, and shared social space. Drawing on Islamic and Mesopotamian traditions originating in this historically and symbolically charged region, the Eden in Iraq Waste Water Garden is designed to be a syncretic container for ecological and cultural restoration.

On display at the National Design Center October 6-20 will be design and engineering drawings, models, photo, art, and video works The rich history of the Marshes and its People are discovered through this work. The project, to design a wastewater garden in S. Iraq,  has had the support of many levels of Iraqi society from villages to the Prime Minister’s Office. 

The Interdisciplinary Design Team
MERIDEL RUBENSTEIN has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media since 2007, She maintains her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the USA. She has exhibited widely including the Louvre, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and The List Center for the Visual Arts at MIT.

She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Harvard University, awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Pollock Krasner and Rockefeller Foundations. She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and did special graduate studies at M.I.T. with the eminent photographer, Minor White. She received an M.A./M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1974/1977.

Please see www.meridelrubenstein.com/eden-in-iraq.
Peer M. Sathikh joined the School of Art Design and Media (ADM) as an Assistant Professor in August 2008 after 22 years as a professional industrial designer. He is presently Associate Chair. He obtained a Master of Design (MDesRCA) in  industrial design from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London and a Master of  Design in product design from Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Chennai. 

Past President of the Designers Association Singapore (DAS), Peer Sathikh is also a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Product Design and Management Association (PDMA), USA and the Design Research Society (DRS), UK.

Dr. Sander van der Leeuw, renown complexity scientist and   archaeologist, is former Dean of the School of Sustainability in Arizona State Universitys Global Institute of Sustainability and Professor of Human Evolution and Social Change.
 Dr. Mark Nelson, PhD, is a founding director of the Institute of Ecotechnics and has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and wastewater recycling. He is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Ecotechnics (www.ecotechnics.edu),a U.K. and U.S. non-profit organization, which consults to several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world; Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. (www.globalecotechnics.com), head of Wastewater Gardens International (www.wastewatergardens.com). Dr.Nelson has helped pioneer a new ecological approach to sewage treatment, “Wastewater Gardens®” which are constructed subsurface flow wetlands with high biodiversity and has created over 90 such systems in Mexico, Belize, Bali & Sulawesi, Indonesia, West  Australia,  France,  Spain,  Portugal,  Poland,  the  Bahamas, the  Philippines, Algeria and the United States since 1996 (www.wastewatergardens.com).
He was a founding member of Biopshere 2. This 3 acre materially closed facility near Tucson, Arizona was the world’s first laboratory for global ecology. Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight person “biospherian" crew for the first two year closure 1991-93.
 Davide Tocchetto,  is an Agronomist, with a PhD in Environmental Agronomy (2006,  Padova University, Italy). He also studied “Forests and Woods Management” and  “Agricultural and Environmental Management” and has a degree in “Agricultural Sciences” from Padova University (1998). His professional experiences and interests range from wastewater treatment with natural systems to freelance research collaborations with Italian and International Universities, Private companies, The United Nations, and other International Agencies.

He has designed and built over 100 constructed wetland systems and authored over 35 scientific and technical papers on water treatment and environmental water quality.
He heads a  patent for a floating wetland system.

Jasim Al-Asadi is the managing director of the regional S. Iraq office of Nature Iraq NGO in Chibaish.  He is an hydraulic engineer and consultant, lecturing internationally about the Mesopotamian Marshes. Nature Iraq was created to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage that it nourishes.

He has a B.Sc in Engineering, from the University of Technology, Baghdad 1980 and has extensive work experience as an engineer on water remediation projects throughout Iraq. He was Director (2003-05)  of the socio-economical studies section – for CRIM (Center for Restoration of Iraqi Marshlands/MWoR Ministry of Water Resources and 1985-2003: Manager and supervising engineer in the Ministry of WaterResources – Research and Development Directorate  where he
directed numerous socio-economic surveys  for the region.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

new project with my Rhea International Team

We started working on the construction of a new #constructedwetland in Guarumal, a small #community in #Guaranda Province – Ecuador.

Our construction expert Andrea is speaking with Don Manovanda, a local master builder with many years of experience, to decide how to operate and organize the acquisition of the required resources and materials.

Our constructed wetland will clean water proceeding from a #cheese#factory, an invaluable economic resource for the people of the community.

You too are in charge of a cheese factory, and need to solve the wastewater problem? Contact us, Rhea can help you!

www.rheateam.com | info@rheateam.com



Saturday, June 24, 2017

The new system in the Bosconero Hut- An alpine treatment wetland

Here I am working in the Bosconero Hut to enlarge the beds and improve the functionality of the wetland system. This was made eleven years ago within a biogas project in the Hut.
The beds were planted with local flora to keep the specific biodiversity status of the Dolomiti area.






Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UN World water Day 2017


I celebrate the world water day 2017 with my latest treatment wetland system build with my colleague Mauro Lajo and currently under construction.

Save water
Reuse water
Treat water


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

new videos about treatment wetlands and vetiver

Hi friends, here the links to some new video about my experience with Rhea International Team in Ecuador.

English version: Rhea vetiver video ENG

Spanish version: Rhea vetiver video ESP

Here the link to our web site with more info about our professional lifestyle: Rhea Team web site



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Open day in Ecuador.... come to visit it!!

Hi everybody, this Friday, December 9, we inaugurate our first phytoremediation system  in Ecuador devoted entirely to vetiver. For those in the vicinity, at 09.00 am comunidad de Chazojuan, Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador.
See you soon.. 
Rhea International Team




#Rheainternationalteam #Vetiver #Ecuador

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Drone survey of a future treatment wetland site.

Here we are stil working in Ecuador .... a Drone survey in the location of our next phytoremediation plant with a constructed wetland; this project will treat the wastewater of a palm oil extraction plant and we will use vetiver!!!
Andrea, one of the team, is a drone pilota working for FTO in south America.

Green helps you! Rhea Team go on ahead!✌️

Friday, October 21, 2016

a good project in Australia (reposted from another blog)

Here below the link to a good home made project about treatment wetland done in Australia in a off-grid house.
As Morag says.. it is simple and it is cheap. She built it for less than 500$.

Here the link: www.our-permaculture-life.blogspot.it

Pictures taken in the Morag Blog

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Let's party !!!

Thank you friends and followers!

50000 visits is a success for me and for this green technology.

Me and my high school students enjoy this target!!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rhea International Team

Last Spring I closed my experience with an Italian start up. Now is Fall and I start something new.
The:
Rhea International Team

Follow us on facebook @ RHEA International Team

Web site coming soon at rheateam.com ..... very soon..... I think in the next three days.


Here we are:

me                        Andrea
Mauro                        Giacomo

What we do? 
We are working to green the world!

Who we are?
We are three riders and one horseman (me) and join together our professional worldwide experience in the fields of drone, treatment wetlands, water, international cooperation, and so on.





welcome back... a short report from Ecuador

Hello friends... here I am back.
Three sons and a positive summer time keep me off of this blog... I hope you are all ok!

Last September I was in Ecuador to visit some of the plants that I have built with my friend and partner Andrea and to meet a lot of interesting persons. Thanks to them we are now designing a lot of new treatment wetlands for municipality, pig farms and cheese factories.
Here below some pictures of the system I have projected last year and realized by Andrea Zorzi. It is planted with vetiver... the miracle plants!

sedimentation tanks with filter

the past sedimentation pond directly connected with the final stream

Andrea and vetiver

the vetiver root

the final pond

"we are working for you...... "

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hydrophyllum nursery

Nice to visit today a great water plants nursery here in Italy. Visit them at  www.hydrophyllum.it and feel free to contact Linda, a really competent and professional person!







Saturday, March 26, 2016

Iraqui martyrs monument is a plant of reed

Nice To see here in Iraq that the monument of the Iraqi war martyrs is a full plant of reed that born from an hearth keeps in Two hands . Here I am for the third time To have meetings with local municipalities to realize Two treatment wetlands.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

My last project in Ecuador


Thanks to Andrea "green" Zorzi I have designed a treatment wetlands for swine wastewater in a rural area of Ecuador! Vetiver Will be planted!!!!
Andrea is Now Working to realize it. Thank you man!👍👍👍







Wednesday, December 23, 2015

my last article about Mesopotamia and the Marshland

Thank you Legambiente and Giulio Conte for your friendship and for give me the contact last Summer. The editor tell me this article was read by a lot of people.

here the link:
http://lanuovaecologia.it/la-mezzaluna-non-e-piu-cosi-fertile/#comment-7468

Monday, November 30, 2015

Shit in Puglia from Le Iene TV show !

Find something about treatment wetlands in Italy ... Here the link to Le Iene TV show about the shit into one of  the most beautiful sea in Italy and Europe. 

http://www.iene.mediaset.it/

Thursday, October 29, 2015

SIMAGRI conference in Ecuador

Ant thanks to my dear new friend Andre Green tomorrow I will have a talk at the first  Simposio Nacional de Agricultura Tropical SIMAGRI2015 in Ecuador.

www.SIMAGRI.html


I will not be alone. Take a look to the wide list of speakers:
www.SIMAGRI_Ponentes.html


Monday, October 26, 2015

one more reedland in the world !

Yes, I do it again. Do you remember my idea of Guerrilla Gardening becoming Guerrilla Wetlanding? 
Well, last week, with the help of the municipality of Desenzano del Garda and the friendship of the Lega Navale of Brescia-Desenzano I was able to plant more than 200 plants of our loved Phragmites. Was not the real concept of Guerrilla but I worked under a real funding project.

Within the ecological network idea we planted a new reedland (...or a new wetland as you prefer!) to connect the inland to the waters, in the shore of the Garda's Lake in Italy. The biggest lake in Italy and South of Europe.


just arrived

a great root potential

let's go to the shore...

ready to be planted

the new home

what a great view....!!!

ready to grow!!!