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World's First Hemp House

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Designer/builder Anthony Brenner's hempcrete home takes green building to the next level.

Our friends at Loomstate featured this revolutionary bit of green building on their Act Natural blog. The trailblazing piece of architecture is the family home of Push Design's Anthony Brenner, whose daughter has extreme chemical sensitivities that limited what construction materials could be used. Located in Asheville, NC, the walls of the home are filled with hempcrete, a hemp-based,......read more

Beer Crate Pavilion

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A sustainable exhibition space designed by SHSH.

Belgians love their beer (hey, we love their beer too) so you know there's no shortage of plastic beer crates in the country. What to do with them all? If you're Brussels architecture firm SHSH, you design a massive pavilion using 33,000 of them. Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1958 Universal World Exhibition in Brussels, the Bonheur Provisoire was dedicated to public......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-9-10

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Weekly links: Design lessons from the slums, BP's blame game, and sustainable troglodytes.

What can the world's poorest 'hoods teach us about city planning? Lots, according to architects and urban designers Pavlina Ilieva and Kuo Pao Lian. Grist discusses sustainable urban design lessons from the slums. It's a Tree Life: The first offline project from The Cool Hunter will feature tree homes designed by top architects from around the globe. The exhibition is slated to......read more

Farmers Market of the Future

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Visionary design unveiled for historic district of Toronto.

In Toronto, local architects recently won a design competition for a new farmers market building in the historic part of the city. The building is four stories tall with a roof covered in skylights and green vegetation. It utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system, in addition to natural daylighting and ventilation. The structure will be built to the Toronto Green Standard, and shows that......read more

Italian Sink/Toilet Design Saves Water, Looks Amazing

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Milan designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti have collaborated with bathroom brand Roca to create a combined toilet and wash basin, where waste water from the sink is used to fill the toilet cistern.

We'd like to thank Roca and Gabriel and Oscar Buratti for the gorgeous and uber efficient sink/toilet combo. The all-in-one sink and toilet are made from vitreous china, designed to maximize space and conserve water. The technology uses waste water from the basin to fill the toilet cistern, thereby reducing water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard dual-flush toilet. The basin in W+W......read more

HMK 561 Electric Bike

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IF Design Award winner by Raif Kittman.

Ralf Kittmann took home an IF Design Award for his electric bicycle concept HMK 561. This ultralight zero-emission bike concept and design is clearly novel. Unlike most concept designs we see, Kittmann created a working prototype constructed from conductive carbon fiber, which is not only an excellent conductor of electricity, but also acts as a capacitor that can store energy. Energy from the......read more

London's 'Razor' Building First in the World to Integrate Wind Turbines in Design

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A cool 113m EUR brings us a really great looking green building first.

Peering down 148 metres from the top of the latest addition to London's skyline, the traffic-clogged Elephant and Castle roundabout and its notorious neighbour, the Heygate estate, below feel an unlikely location for a world first. But next week, this new skyscraper, nicknamed "the Razor", will take a crucial step towards becoming the world's first building with wind turbines......read more

Elm & Willow House

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Sustainable design for the family.

Australian architectural firm Architects Eat recently has completed the restoration of the existing Edwardian house and named it as ELM & Willow House. The U-shaped plan was organized to enclose a courtyard, which to provide a series of visual layering between the spaces, while also creating a better relationship between inside and outside. "Our intention was to create an “Inside......read more

Cloud Lamps

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Handmade recycled paper lamps by London designer Yu Jordy Fu.

Yu Jordy Fu's recycled paper Cloud Lamps launched in early 2009, so we're about a year late on this one (so like a century in real life time). But since SHFT just got going a couple months ago, and since the lamps are so AMAZING, we figure it's okay to revisit. Handmade from recycled paper, the Cloud Lamp Collection takes a distinctly contemporary approach to the ancient Chinese......read more

Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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Boldly designed concept sedan goes green.

Mercedes just announced that its F800 Style concept car will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The car's aggressive styling comes with a flexible powertrain platform, touted as the next generation in green car tech. The two power options are a plug-in hybrid system that provides 18 miles of driving solely on electricity, and an electric drive with fuel cells system enabling ranges......read more

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