We at Urban Blooms are set out to create more beautiful, sustainable, and environmentally conscious communities. This is accomplished through projects that uplift communities aesthetically while empowering members of that community with education on sustainability. These projects inspire and stretch the imagination through the elegant symbiosis of Nature, Technology, and Art.
Allegory of the Logo:
by Joseph Lufaluabu Kabenji
It’s unreasonably easy to just sit down and design a logo, anyone can do it. The real question is whether or not that logo truly represents the values of that company, client, brand or individual.
Tyler Wolf and I have been friends since the sandbox which, in all honesty, made the process more difficult. As a designer, starting a company with a man whom I consider a brother it rapidly became impossible to separate conversational memories of starting a company with our current ambitions. Months went by, the stack of sketches got higher and every attempt to empty my imagnarium failed. So, there was only one logical solution to the problem. Stop trying to design from scratch and open the floodgates.
Camping trips, hours spent in the woods near our childhood houses, our love for technology and the need we have to use these advances to help our planet and the people on it were sent flying at a canvass. Old school tools, new school software and a colorful combination of both schools of design is how our logo was able to grow mother nature from a simple circuit.
Urban Blooms was founded in May 2014 by a team of like-minded peers with a passion for: The Environment, Community Empowerment, Sustainability, Digital Systems, and The Arts. These passions plus the rising popularity of public murals, living architecture, and interactive art displays; inspired our team to create truly unique public displays that combined principles from each of these fields. By focusing on multi-disciplinary projects we have been able to tear down the traditional boundaries between these fields.
In order to maximize our impact we partner with educational institutions kindergarten through graduate school, civic institutions, and corporate sponsors. With our grade school partners, such as North Avondale Montessori, we have revived the school garden while adding features, rain barrels or rain gardens for example, that introduce the kids to concepts of sustainability. When working with our High School partners, such as Walnut Hills High School, we seek to spark the imagination of students during these impressionable years through large vertical garden displays that present nature in a new and inspirational light. For our projects with Universities, such as The Ohio State University and The University of Cincinnati, we aim to collaborate with as many departments and student groups as possible to create unique opportunities to work on a truly multi-disciplinary projects. These University projects take the form of vertical garden displays or community learning gardens, that use principles of horticulture, design, environmental engineering, and civil engineering; integrated with Urban Blooms’ “DIGS”(Digital Intelligent Garden System) which uses sensors and micro-controllers to collect data, automate irrigation systems, and digital art displays, pulling from the electrical engineering, computer science, and micro-sensing fields.