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Green Mischief in LA

Commonstudio has combined seed bomb technology with gumball machines to spread green throughout Los Angeles, and similarly, Guerilla Gardening uses the tagline "Gardening public space with or without permission." Both projects are seeding mischief.

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Los Angeles Guerrilla Gardening (LAGG) started on a summer night in Hollywood, CA. LAGG started as a group of friends looking for a fun activity and a way to brighten up a local neighborhood. Gardeners of all ages and walks of life have participated in the organizations "missions" and in this process, a sort of social cross-pollination has taken place. Now, the mission of LAGG has become:

"To get our hands dirty by starting gardens all over Los Angeles. To be a resource for other potential Guerrilla Gardeners and a homebase for people interested in brightening their own communities."

Commonstudio is an emerging design practice and small business engaging in interdisciplinary approaches to objects, systems, tools, and spaces with an emphasis on issues of urban ecology, social enterprise, and adaptive reuse. 

Greenaid seedbombs are hand-rolled using local materials, sustainable packaging, and socially responsible labor. Working in partnership with Chrysalis, a local non-profit, Commonstudio offers employment opportunities and a living wage to formerly homeless or economically disadvantaged men and women from the Los Angeles area. 


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A key statement from the video was...using design to "empower people to solve their own issues". I see this theme running through many of the inspirations. It is key to get the people living in the spaces were vibrancy is to be restored to get involved in what is happening in their cities, it brings a sense of pride to the space and this can only help the improvements along.

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