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How to Fund a Clean Energy Project

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State-level green investment funds could create a real marketplace for renewable energy projects

Nancy Cook for National Journal: Anyone in search of financing for a clean- or renewable-energy project need look no further than the state of New York. In December 2013, New York launched its first-ever "green bank," an ambitious state-run $1 billion investment fund meant to help finance the kinds of local energy-efficiency and clean-energy projects that bigger financial institutions......read more

NYC Recycling Project Aims to Separate Organic Waste

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Food scraps diverted from landfill to composting sites

Constance Rosenblum for The New York Times: They aren’t what you might think of as typical sanitation workers, but Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott, two Sanitation Department employees, are women with a mission: to persuade New Yorkers to separate orange peels, eggshells and other organic waste from the rest of their trash. Ms. Rogers and Ms. Brunie-McDermott, both on the cusp of......read more

Night Stroll

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Geometric light projections animated in the Tokyo night by Tao Tajima

Here is a really cool short from Tao Tajima featuring footage from the streets around his Tokyo home. In Night Stroll, discovered on Colossal, we see geometric shapes made of light interspersed throughout the darkened streets of suburban Tokyo. The animated shapes were created (we think) by tracking the footage with 3D computer graphics software before adding CG shapes and reflection.......read more

Constellation Quilt

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Public Record documents Emily Fischer's cosmological new craft project

Constellation Quilt, a new project from crafty NYC studio Haptic Lab, uses traditional quilting techniques to invoke a sense of wonder in the outer reaches of the universe. For the Kickstarter project, which sailed past its funding goal, Emily Fischer and company create handmade quilts with embroidered gold stars depict the night skies. In this short video, filmmaking collective Public Record......read more

Atoms For Peace, "Ingenue"

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Thom Yorke does that weird, loose-limbed dance he does in this new video for his side project

If you loved Thom Yorke's weird, flailing dance moves in the video for Radiohead's "Lotus Flower" or in that infamous SNL performance -- and really, who didn't -- then you'll be pleased with this new clip for "Ingenue" by his side project, Atoms For Peace. Here we find Yorke and a partner partaking in a crazy, conceptual choreographed routine. I'm no expert on dancing, but this rules. "Ingenue"......read more

MultipliCITY by Fuseproject

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Flat-packing, sustainable outdoor furniture system designed with an eye on contemporary bike culture

Fuseproject, the San Fransisco design firm headed by The Big SHFT subject Yves Béhar, has teamed with Landscape Forms to create MultipliCITY, an innovative collection of sustainable outdoor furniture. The flexible system includes two benches, a table, a bike rack, path lights, and garbage/recycling cans. The system avoids bulky pieces that are tricky to ship, favoring......read more

Video Painting by Sweatshoppe

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Custom software and a projector used to "paint" city walls around Europe

High-tech art outfit Sweatshoppe (aka artist-programmers Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy) are taking video art into new territory with their brand of "video painting," seen here in action in cities around Europe. Armed with a projector, a roller, and some homemade software, the duo hit the night streets to paste up short-lived video collages on city walls.  But what......read more

Mapping Bee Movements with Tiny Backpack Sensors

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Swarm sensing project looks to understand bee productivity

From the Huffington Post: More than 5,000 honey bees in Australia have been attached to minute RFID sensors to try and track their movements - and find out how to prevent their doom. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said that it wants to learn why bee colonies in Australia appear not be be affected - yet - by the 'colony collapse disorder' which is......read more

Artist Plates for Azuero Earth Project

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A set of six limited edition art plates benefiting the Panama-based eco nonprofit $750.00

Based in Panama, the Azuero Earth Project is a US-registered earth conservation nonprofit dedicated to "preserving the earth’s ecosystems, protecting biodiversity, and promoting healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable actions, and share knowledge." Lofty goals, indeed. And ones we can get behind. This set of six limited edition artist plates......read more

Site Specific: Aerial Photographs by Olivo Barbieri

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Ten-year project chronicles the world's cities from above

Site Specific is a summary of Olivo Barbieri’s ten-year project to record the world’s cities in aerial photographs. The book offers a thrilling survey of thirty-six cities throughout the world. At the same time, it presents a narrative of Barbieri’s evolving approach to photography and his ideas about the nature of the medium. Presented chronologically, the photographs begin......read more

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