We are a creative design consultancy that focuses on social, ecological and ethical transformation. We work to empower communities, institutions, infrastructures, and ecologies with tools and adaptive solutions for system-wide change. Drawing upon our diverse backgrounds that span the fields of science, art, and design, we utilize unique immersive methods to co-produce new ecologies, urban environments, public art, experimental visioning, strategic development, alternative educational models, and expanded configurations of the commons.

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  • Busy Summer

    August 19, 2014

    We've been quite busy: Working on our large landscape project outside LA, Finishing the Cookbook, Lecturing, Conferences, and developing works for a couple of exhibits from Bard to the Wignall Museum. Check out our posts on facebook for more details.


  • Water & the Commons Panel

    May 16, 2014

    We are going to be part of this great Open Engagement Event at the Queens Museum. We will be presenting our ideas the importance of "de-resourcing" water and rethinking water from a multi-species emergent commons perspective with a host of great panelists:  Gregory Sholette,  Linda Weintraub,  Bonnie Ora Sherk,  Iain Kerr and Emily Vail.


  • Urbanism + Commons

    May 15, 2014

    We are part of a great new book on rethinking the Urban Condition: HETROPOLIS. In it we present our ideas on the commons.


  • On Creativity

    April 8, 2014

    This spring SPURSE developed an alternative model of emergent creativity to become the cornerstone of MSU's Entrepreneurship program's Boot-camp on Transformative Creativity. It is an ecological, emergent, process based model that refuses the usual pitfalls of human and brain centric models of creativity/innovation. Please be in touch with us if interested.


  • Ecology after Nature+Culture

    April 8, 2014

    A long interview with us about developing ecological practices outside of the Nature+Culture paradigm was just published in Poland as part of book on alternative ecological practices. If your Polish is up to speed grab a copy: Book (We will be posting the english translation soon).


  • Interview on Foraging & the Commons

    April 8, 2014

    DIY Foods just interviewed us on the importance of urban foraging as part of how we become of a place and develop new forms of the commons:  The Interview


  • SPURSE @ Productive Landscapes in the Urban Environment Conference

    March 13, 2014

    We will be presenting: "AFTER NATURE: Thinking Within Urban Ecological Systems: Eight Propositions for an Alternative Framework" -- A talk on our immersive paradigm shifting urban ecological practices. Please join us and a really great group of panelist rethinking our urban environments. http://aslany.org/event/4ceus-productive-landscapes/


  • Developing New Landscape Typologies @ Pitzer College

    March 13, 2014

    We are now halfway into a semester long design process with a group of remarkable students at Pitzer College to develop a new landscape typology that supports a multi-species commons. Things are progressing remarkably. This design will then be built over the summer of 2014 on the Pitzer Campus. We have developed a new immersive model of teaching ecology, art and design as part of this project. To keep track of this project as it develops check out SPURSE's facebook page. If you are interested in learning more about our ecological design process please contact us at: spurse01@gmail.com


  • Lecture on Emergent Research Methods

    October 15, 2013

    This wednesday we will be lecturing at NYU on our research methodologies to follow emergence into being. A necessary skill for working in complex ecological situations that are both unknowable and unpredictable. If interested in attending please email us directly.


  • Guggenheim host 100 Urban Trends

    October 15, 2013

    Currently at the Guggenheim is a project that features some of our research into developing new forms of Urban Practices and Systems from the Lab.


  • Lecture @ Yale

    October 5, 2013

    Petia Morozov & Iain Kerr will be leading a conversation about SPURSE's ecosystem design logics with students from the Masters of Architecture and Environmental Design: October 8th, Forestry & Environmental Studies building, Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St) at 5:30 pm


  • Fall Kill River Watershed Research

    October 5, 2013

    Indiscrete Circulations/Common Currents: SPURSE is working with the good folks at Clearwater to develop Interdisciplinary projects to study the local ecology of the Fall Kill Creek in Poughkeepsie & promote watershed stewardship. Our current focus is on working with the youth to become stewards of their local environment and stakeholders in the future of their city. Check out our facebook posts for events developing from this program.  


  • Eat Your Sidewalk @ Pitzer

    October 5, 2013

    We have just kicked-off a one year ecological research and design project with Pitzer College just outside LA. Our goal is to develop teaching modules for urban ecosystems research, techniques to foster the multi-species commons, and procedures to allow  an embodied rethinking of our embeddedness in place. A key part of this research will be developing a large scale ecological project for the fostering of an edible landscape. Stay tuned for more.


  • The Civil Appetites

    April 10, 2013

    Join spurse for a discussion of the first draft of our experimental cookbook Eat Your Sidewalk ! On exhibition from April 4 - May 12, 2013 as part of Rochester Contemporary Art Center's Eat It: Artists Explore Food & Consumption. Public Programming Please join us on Friday May 3rd 2013 for the following events: 10AM – 4PM Eating Place: An urban foraging workshop 7PM – 10PM: The Civil Appetites Taste the local with food gleaned from the streets of Rochester. Come celebrate spurse’s experimental cookbook Eat Your Sidewalk and join in the discussion!


  • The Common Reed

    June 7, 2012

    Our exode to Phragmites (the common reed) and fermentation is at the Foreman Gallery.


  • Commons Atlas Published

    June 7, 2012

    We have just published our "Atlas of Procedures for an Emergent Commons". This is an interactive tool and how-to guide to making new commons where ever you live. It was developed as part of our work with the Guggenheim Lab over the summer and fall of 2011 (see Live Feeds). We have been conducting workshops on these procedures and utilizing them to develop current projects. We are very interested in your feedback. Here is the link.


  • Eat Your Sidewalk Begins

    June 7, 2012

    Our first Eat Your Sidewalk Challenge will begin this sunday. Please register to join this adventure in transforming the self and the local. http://eatyoursidewalk.com/


  • Multi-Species Commons Research

    January 18, 2012

    This spring we are up in the eastern townships of Quebec working on a project with the Foreman Gallery at Bishop University.


  • Revisiting the Hypersea

    January 18, 2012

    A Workshop of the futures of Water in Kansas. Saturday feb. 11th at the Salina Art Center.  We would like to join all those who are already entangled with the futures of water in Kansas for a one day workshop to develop new problems worth having and new futures worth developing. Also join spurse for a discussion of their work and methods over a drink on feb. 10th. For more information please follow this link.


  • Mid Winter Foraged Feast

    January 18, 2012

    Join spurse on february 4th at 7pm for a mid-winter feast to explore and evolve the importance of urban foraging. Dinner will feature foraged and gleaned local edibles in unique preparations and one-of-a kind settings at the new Issue Project Room space. The event is free (in return a lively willingness to be in cahoots with the questions of eating, foraging, community and our multi-species commons). Information and to RSVP please follow this link.


  • Future Foodways

    June 5, 2011

    Nibbivik/Eating Place: We've recently been in Nome with the the Alaska Design Forum conducting research for our upcoming experimental field guide to future arctic foodways and ideas of subsistence. More news @ Eating Place