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PALM ROT

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By Ryan Gillis

Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. Curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate unto his airboat. That's just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret. PROCESS BLOG : gillizamastudios.com/blog/category/palm-rot/ Official Selection SUNDANCE 2015 Official Selection......read more

Palm Leaf Plates by Leafware

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Fallen palm leaves transformed into sustainable dinnerware $16.99

We're not into advocating for single-use anything around here, but there are some instances where disposable stuff is basically a must. And when it happens, you gotta do it right. Leafware brings sustainability, sturdiness, and leak resistance to the disposable dinnerware game, with a line of plates, bowls and platters made in India from fallen palm leaves. The leaves are pressed together using......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-24-10

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Weekly links: The world's biggest wind farm, cloudscapes, and a bike that makes art.

Heads in the clouds: German climate engineering firm Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo Architects collaborated on the 'Cloudscape' exhibition at Venice Biennale. Spotted at Designboom. Artist Gulnur Ozdaglar makes jellyfish-lookin' table bowls from recycled PET bottles. Eat your Wheaties...without destroying the rainforest. Treehugger reports that General Mills will use 100% sustainable......read more

Made by Hand

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Community Shop opens its doors at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs.

Commune Design and the ACE Hotel & Swim Club, just announced the opening their second Community Shop - this one in Palm Springs, California. Featuring only “handmade products by real people,” the Community Shop carries items made by artisans and craftsmen in America. The shop stocks goods from Heath Ceramics, Kathryn Bentley, Tanya Aguiniga, Free City, Greybull Nation, Robert Lewis,......read more

Mates of State, "Palomino"

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Handpainted, rotoscope animation by Jimi Patterson

2011 marks the 10th wedding anniversary for Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, aka Mates of State, and what better way to ring it in than with a new collection of lively pop music? "Palomino," the opening cut from Mates of State's new album Mountaintops, is soaring jam that hits in all the right spots. In the video for the tune, director/animator Jimi Patterson......read more

Hey Rosetta, "New Sum (Nous Somme)"

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A beautifully animated video for the Canadian chamber-rockers

Harkening the Richard Linklater film Waking Life, this new(ish) rotoscoping video for "New Sum (Nous Sommes)" by Hey Rosetta! is a nice little bit of live action animation. Directed by Jesse Davidge and produced at Blatant Studios in Vancouver, the clip features performance footage mainly filmed at the band's sold out show at the Commodore Ballroom late last year. Interwoven in the narrative is a......read more

One Belongs

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A SHFT original animated short from Liz Klein.

Surrealistic animation beautifully juxtaposes the undersea movements of a jellyfish and a plastic bag, offering some poignant commentary on marine pollution in the process. Made by SHFT collaborator Elizabeth Klein, the film makes use of rotoscoping, an age-old animation technique that involves tracing over live-action film movement, frame by frame, creating a dreamlike visual effect. Music by......read more

Wikado Playground Gives Wind Turbines New Life

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In Rotterdam, Holland, discarded turbine parts are repurposed as elements of play

The Netherlands has a long and rich history of harnessing energy from the wind. Hell, the windmill is their national symbol. Today, the country is a global leader in sustainable design. So it comes as no surprise that Dutch designers have found a creative way to reuse old wind turbines: a fun-filled playground created from recycled wind turbine parts. Designed by 2012Architecten, the Wikado......read more

Innovative Floating Forrest Planned For Rotterdam

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Bobbing Forrest By Mothership

Famous for their canals, the people of the Netherlands definitely know how to make use of winding waterways to the fullest. Demonstrating this ingenuity is a new project that will increase urban greenspace within the city of Rotterdam. Mothership, an art collective composed of local dutch entrepreneurs and designers, has come up with the idea of creating a floating forest placed in the......read more

Fresh Water Swimming Pool for London Cleansed by Plants, Not Chemicals

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From Rotterdam Studio, Ooze Architects, and Artist Marietta Potrc

Londoners will have a freshwater, natural pool at their disposal in King's Cross beginning in May. Designed by Rotterdam Studio, Ooze architects and artist Marietica Potrc the chemical-free outdoor pool is the first of its kind in the UK.  The King’s Cross Swimming Pool is a manmade, freshwater pond kept clean and filtered through natural processes. At forty meters long, the pool will......read more

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