The latest edition of Ecological Urbanism is terrible doorstop. The first edition is 655 pages, smells good, weighs 2kg and keeps most of my other books in their place. Despite its strengths, it can’t do video… something the latest version on the book can do. The original hardback book by Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty features hundreds of photos that I took while walking across Mexico City, Mumbai and London for Urban Earth, a project in urban exploration that I started in 2008. Out today, the new version splits the book into digestible chapters and includes over 15,000 photographs within the 3 Urban Earth films that I made by taking pictures every 8 steps while crossing these massive cities. You’ll find the films in volume 2, Anticipate, and are accompanied by a short piece of text that Kye Askins and I wrote. I’m delighted to see the films come to life in the book. I hope you enjoy it.
The Ecological Urbanism project has a Facebook page that you can follow here.
After months of work it’s only a couple of weeks until Mission:Explore Food is officially published. Here are some spreads from the book that we’ve issued with our press release. I’m currently working on a Mission:Explore Food Expedition to promote the book that we’re mounting over 2012/13 to do missions and discover extreme foods around the UK. Details of this slow-food journey will be appearing on The Geography Collective blog over coming weeks.
I’m currently spending a good chunk of my time doing the final writing for Mission:Explore Food, the next in the series of Mission:Explore books. Working with Helen Steer from City Farmers and Tom Morgan-Jones, our artist, it’s important to us that children who read the book understand where their food comes from. This is one of a series of challenging illustrations that feature in the Harvest chapter of the book. Alongside missions that investigate how animals are treated, transported and butchered, the mission for this illustration asks readers to consider the best way for animals to be slaughtered by speaking to a professional butcher.
Most of the book is not so intense, but we think it’s important to present the realities of where animal products come from… and the answer is not ‘the fridge’.