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Walnut Pivot Amp by Koostik

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Passive acoustic amplification for your iPhone $70.00

It's been a while since we checked in with Koostik, whose excellent iPhone speaker dock was featured in the SHFT Shop a couple years back. Koostik's Pivot Amp is the latest iexample of the company's power-free approach to iPhone audio. Place your iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 in either portrait or landscape mode on the Pivot, and a large hole on the left of the unit makes use of the iPhone's own speakers to......read more

Designed by architect Chris Price and his partners at Park City Design + Build, the Treehaus is a beautiful blend of modern mountain architecture and cutting-edge energy efficiency. Nestled into the pines of Summit Park, Utah, the clean lines, stacked segments, and dark cedar exterior create a fine figure, seamlessly integrating the 3,643-square-foot abode into its sylvan surroundings.......read more

R-House: Affordable Passive Home

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Net zero prototype offers new slant on sustainable architecture.

Here's a nicely styled sustainable house prototype spotted over at Inhabitat. Designed by Architecture Research Office and Della Valle Bernheimer for the Syracuse School of Architecture, the R-House is a compact, angular form that hits on the twin notes of sustainability and affordability. Built to passive house standards, with a final price tag of under $150K, the 1,100 square foot......read more

Minnesota's High-Tech, Net-Zero House

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The aggressively passive Isabella Eco Home.

In the middle of winter, Isabella, Minnesota may as well be the Arctic. The town sits at the north end of Lake Superior, twenty miles from the Canadian border, in one of the coldest regions in the continental United States. But inside the Isabella Eco House, there are no cold drafts, no freezing tile floors, and no hum of the furnace. In fact there is no furnace at all. This is the home of Dr.......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-1-10

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Essential links for your Memorial Day weekend.

The EU, which says it will meet 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, gets set to switch on solar power in the Sahara Desert. Vertical agriculture takes off: 11 "farmscrapers" that build on the success of living walls and mobile gardens. A fake oil spill was staged at the Tate in London, as BP protestors railed against the unholy alliance between oil companies and......read more

Crossway Passive House

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Parabolic eco house in the English countryside.

The rural Kent home of British architect Richard Hawkes and his family is the kind of house that makes passers-by stop and stare. The sweeping, arched form jumps out of the ground, covered in local flowers and grasses, veiling boxy glass and cedar structures where the family lives. Dramatic aesthetics aside, the home, called "Crossway," has eco credentials out the wazoo. It is one of the first......read more

The Ultimate Healthy Home

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In Norway, a passive house par exemplar

Scott Pierce for Collectively: Why is the roof on this house curved 19 degrees? Design, of course. But the end goal of its slope isn't just about creating an awesome, modern aesthetic. Like the best architecture, its intentions are smart. Ultimately, it's so the house can better capture sunlight on solar panels across the roof. That's kind of predictable, as far......read more

Passive Speaker by Houd

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Portable, energy-free speaker packs powerful sound $85.00

The ever-watchful eyes at Cool Hunting have uncovered another sustainable product gem in the form of this Passive Speaker from Houd Sound. Created by a pair of talented designers from Colombia, the Houd Passive works with any iDevice requires no electrical connection or any type of battery. The amplication unit is beautifully crafted from sustainably-sourced Colombian wood. With an elegant finish......read more

Ars Natura: Fragile Blue Globe

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The story of the COP15 logo.

The sketchy, ephemeral blue globe which served as the official logo for the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen has in interesting story. The UN in conjunction with the Danish Ministry of Culture launched a design competition in the early part of the year to create an identity for what would become the most important climate summit in history. The judges received hundreds of entries and selected a......read more

Scraplights Disc by Graypants

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Cardboard scraps brilliantly repurposed as light fixtures $279.00

Seattle-bred design collective Graypants turns heads with their handmade Scraplights, which proudly tell the story of the journey from dull, discarded cardboard box to  stunning, unique light fixtures. The Scraplights come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit any space. Here we feature our favorite, the Disc-16, which instills a curvaceous new spirit into salvaged pieces of......read more

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