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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  • Creative Research as Aesthetics

    September 22, 2018

    We will be up at the University of Maine @ Orono leading a workshop developing Creative Research Practices (September 27-30). We will be giving a public talk on Friday: Creating Creativity & Innovating Innovation. Please email us for details.

  • Science After Nature

    September 22, 2018

    This is the title of a talk we will be giving at William Patterson University on November 7th at 6pm.  The talk will be an exploration and dialog about how we as citizens can be leaders of a transformation of scientific practices by stepping away from the conceptual logic of "Nature". Please come and join the conversation.

  • Foraging Walks @ William Patterson University

    September 22, 2018

    As part of the series "The Science of Art" we will be leading to foraging walks on the Campus. Please join us: October 10th and 13th. Follow link for information.

  • Asking new ecological questions

    September 22, 2018

    This fall we are working on a project with the Greenwich School System to develop new ecological questions and methods to become engaged with the world around us in new ways. We are doing a series of collaborative environmental engagements and an exhibition of speculative proposals.

  • Report from Eat Your Sidewalk Beirut

    October 17, 2017

    Here is a series of blogs from our time in Beirut: 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Breaking Bread

    October 8, 2017

    November 1 through December 13 we will be participating in an exhibition Breaking Bread at William Patterson University. "The exhibition Breaking Bread: Artists Explore Food Practices features painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and performances that examine our multifaceted relationship to food. While eating is generally a mundane daily routine, this exhibition considers how we find our food, who we consume it with, and what meaning is created through these experiences. Artists include: Ruth Borgenicht, Juanli Carrión, Alison Kuo, SPURSE, and Marion Wilson."

  • Sharjah Biennial 13

    October 8, 2017

    October 11 - 15th We will be in Beirut as part of the Sharjah Biennial 13.  "Themed around the keyword culinary, Upon a Shifting Plate... where talks, workshops, walks, cooking sessions and other events explore the production and consumption of culinary heritage and how our eating habits condition and shape our psychological and cultural dispositions." We will be leading a foraging walk on Oct. 13 at 11am, then hosting a cooking session Oct 11 at 10-12pm. We are serving an experimental dinner "Eating into Future-Past Cosmologies - Tasting the Future" Oct. 13, 2:30pm at STATION. Come join us for what promises to be a series of really remarkable events.

  • The Gleaners & I

    October 8, 2017

    Tuesday, October 10 12:30 pm Come watch and discuss "The Gleaners & I" with SPURSE at William Patterson University. More info here.  Cheng Library Auditorium. Admission: FREE "Considered one of the ten best documentary films ever made, The Gleaners & I, by Agnes Varda, a founding figure of the French New Wave, focuses on gleaning -- the practice of salvaging what is left in farm fields, markets and elsewhere. The film makes us rethink our connections to food, each other and even ourselves. This documentary will be presented by the design collective "SPURSE," in conjunction with the WP Galleries exhibition "Breaking Bread: Artists Explore Food Practices," featuring work from their new critically acclaimed book: "The Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook." 

  • Cookbooks are critical ecological tools

    May 19, 2017

    What is the radical and transformative potential of cookbooks?

  • On walking away from the Native+Invasive Paradigm

    May 8, 2017

    How do we evolve a new ecology without Native and Invasive? Our post on this


    May 6, 2017

    We need to stop thinking of being "for the Environment" and start organizing WITH other species. Our Latest Eat Your Sidewalk post considers what "work" and organizing might mean from such a perspective. Check it out.

  • Eat Your Sidewalk Website Launched!

    March 31, 2017

    We have just launched a stand alone website for the Cookbook and the whole Eat Your Sidewalk Project. https://eatyoursidewalk.org/ Here you can buy the book as well as access information on urban foraging, the commons, recipes and excerpts from the book. Please take a look.


    February 16, 2017

    We are very excited to announce that the EAT YOUR SIDEWALK COOKBOOK is for sale! You can buy it from Amazon or the Createspace estore. EAT YOUR SIDEWALK is a sweeping ecological reimagining of how, what and where to eat. It is a manifesto and a joyous call to action -- an extended meditation on our place in the world, how we could connect to our environment, and what it means to rethink how we cook and eat as a pleasurable ecological act. It is equal parts cookbook, detective novel, travel diary, philosophical inquiry and urban foraging guide. At 437 pages it contains over 100 recipes for everything from “Purslane Salad” to “Nature.” Recipes that ask us to begin cooking by looking directly under our feet. There are recipes for fermenting, roasting, using decorative plants, and new ways of being. We have made 38 diagrams to help explain the ideas. Additionally there are numerous drawings, notes and sketches from our travel journals and hundreds of full color images. Take a look, and get a copy today!

  • Eat Your Sidewalk Codebook is out the door

    December 24, 2015

    For the holidays we have sent off our codebook, stencils, and posters on how urban foraging can help bring about a new form of the commons. Check your mailboxes soon!

  • Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook is ready!

    September 1, 2015

    Here is what people are saying: “A much needed call to joyously re-imagine our relationships to the world via how we eat, the Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook radically challenges urbanists, foodies, locavores, foragers, chefs and all of us who care about what we eat, our communities and the environment to rethink what we think we know about what it is to cook and eat in pleasurable, ethical and world shaping ways.” Petia Morozov, Urbanist, from the Introduction.   To pre-order contact us: spurse01@gmail.com SEE MORE

  • Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook is ready!

    September 1, 2015

    The Cookbook is on its way! Here is what people are saying: “This book is a blast! A fearless exploration of the consequences and pleasures of urban foraging with mind-bending recipes that challenge what it is to be a cookbook.” Nathaniel Corum, Ecological Designer & Author of The Straw Bale House  The cookbook comes out in September. To preorder please email us directly at spurse01@gmail.com. SEE MORE

  • Forage Your Sidewalks: Our Cookbook is Coming Soon!

    July 10, 2015

    Want to learn how to forage your sidewalks? Are you curious about the weeds under your feet? Do you ever wonder how they shaped us, and our environment over tens of thousands of years? Are you ready to rethink food, eating and urban ecosystems? Our beautiful four hundred page coffee table cookbook: EAT YOUR SIDEWALK is in the final stages of proofing. With over a thousand pictures, a hundred recipes, dozens of diagrams, stories from the high arctic to the inner city, histories on the invention of nature and the development of the commons,  and alternative philosophies of ecology, engaging with other species, and living with the cracks in your sidewalks -- this is a book not to be missed. You can pre-order a copy by dropping us an email: spurse01@gmail.com. Publishing september 2015.

  • Just Published: Call for a Post Nature/Culture Ecology

    July 10, 2015

    ALIEN just hit the newsstands with our call for a post Nature/Culture ecology: Towards a Multi-Species Commons. Look for it on newsstands everywhere, or if you cannot find it drop us a line. This manifesto is an outcome of our work developing a new edible landscape for Pitzer College and our Eat Your Sidewalk initiative. ALIEN is the latest edition of the University of Virginia Architecture journal LUNCH.

  • Multi-Species Commons work in Denmark

    July 10, 2015

    Our design proposals for urban multi-species commons, urban foraging, and new forms of eating is part of a great exhibit at Kunsthal Aarhus "Multi-species Making and Unmaking". We will be leading a couple days of workshops in september (check out their website or drop us an email if interested). This program is the latest outcome of our ongoing project: Eat Your Sidewalk.

  • Mapping & Re-Designing the Food Systems

    April 14, 2015

    Mapping & Re-Designing the Food Systems: This weekend SPURSE will be part of a conference hosted by NYU & The New School to launch a long term research project to evolve new systems & logics of eating: NO FREE LUNCH (more info).  We will be presenting our ideas on Multi-Species Commons, and the importance of "Eating" as a framework (v.s. "Food").

  • How plants sculpt us: A Walk

    April 8, 2015

    Join us this saturday as we trace the long history of how plants have sculpted us and our environment. As part of the exhibition: The Sculpture of Food. Bronx River Art Center. Look here for details.

  • Developing new models of creative action

    February 27, 2015

    SPURSE member Iain Kerr will be presenting a workshop based on our recent research into developing new models of creative practice at the Venture Well Conference (Washington DC, March 21).

  • UCLA Art/Sci Center + Lab residency

    February 27, 2015

    We will be in residence at the UCLA Art/Sci Center + Lab from March 10 to 12th. We are continuing our investigations of Urban Ecosystems and Multi-species Commons. Please drop in.

  • Rethinking Urban Ecologies: San Diego

    February 27, 2015

    SPURSE will be participating in the exhibition: FRAGMENTS FROM THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MEGALOPOLIS at the San Diego Art Institute. We will be holding a workshop in conjunction with this exhibit on March 14th. Please be in contact with SDAI for more information.

  • Pitzer Multi-Species Commons

    February 9, 2015

    This winter we are pleased to announce the opening of the PITZER MULTI-SPECIES COMMONS, a far reaching ecological initiative that engages and transforms Pitzer College’s thirty-four acre campus. It develops a new way to sense, understand and interact with our urban ecosystems as a multi-species commons -- and it creatively rethinks the capacities of landscape design, commons practices, subsistence practices, urbanism, public art, and the ecology of public space.

  • Consulting in Japan

    November 24, 2014

    We are off to Yamaguchi in southern Japan. We will be consulting with the regional university, arts groups and artists to collectively develop a new paradigm for art + community. We will be posting regularly on facebook as the project unfolds.

  • Eat Your Sidewalk: NYC

    November 1, 2014

    We will be presenting our Manifesto on Urban Ecology + Food + Commons on November 14 as part of day long series of events we are hosting at Marymount Manhattan College. Lecture is at 6:30. See our facebook events page for more information.

  • NYC: Rethinking Urban Ecosystems

    November 1, 2014

    We just completed a research walk with Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory and Broadway 1000 Steps. This is part of our ongoing work to re-imagine our place in the world without falling back on the Nature+Culture Paradigm. Stay tuned for the next phase of this collaboration!

  • 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