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Brooklyn Informed: Big Sue

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Susan Boyle drops knowledge on the green building game.

Brooklyn's Big Sue, LLC is a veteran of New York City's sustainable building scene. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we talk to Big Sue partner Susan Boyle about one of the company's cooler projects: a Prospect Heights brewery icehouse they bought in 2004 and converted into a six-unit residential building. The structure is an excellent portrait of sustainable construction, with two green......read more

The Cyclotrope

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Brilliant bicycle wheel animation by Tim Wheatley.

The Cyclotrope is a lo-fi animation project from Tim Wheatley, created during his art studies at the University College Falmouth in Cornwall, UK. Borrowing ideas from early motion picture technologies like the Zoetrope, the Cyclotrope is a wheel containing eighteen images spun at a certain speed, creating the illusion of moving pictures. Very cool....read more

The Cardboard

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The making of a recycled cardboard surfboard.

Many surfers are actively involved in the environmental movement, and if you've ever caught a wave, it's easy to understand why. In this short film, surfer/artist Scott MacDonough promotes his SAVE THE SEA message by chronicling the construction of a board made from recycled cardboard. Beginning on a NYC rooftop, the story takes us across the country to the (semi-successful) launch of the board......read more

Studio Swine: Can City

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Duo creates a collection of aluminum furniture from Sao Paulo street materials

Studio Swine, the cross-disciplinary design duo made up of Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, has released a video to document its Can City project. While in Sao Paulo, the pair built a mobile foundry that smelts aluminum cans using waste vegetable oil as fuel. With the ability to make both moulds and finished pieces on-site, Can City turns the street into a local factory. In Sao Paulo, over......read more

Bureo Skateboards: Nets to Decks

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Sustainable startup makes skateboards from old fishing nets

Bureo, the recycled skateboard startup that recently landed an investment from Patagonia, has shared this short clip, "Nets to Decks," outlining their approach to sustainable manufacturing. The company designs and makes skateboards in Chile through an initiative they launched called "Net Positiva" -- Chile's first-ever nationwide fishnet collection and recycling program. The system provides......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Brooklyn Flea

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Shopping sustainably at one of the world's greatest flea markets.

We love us a good flea market, and not only because of all the cool objects and their stories, but also because thrifting is a sustainable way to buy things. Call it conscious consumption. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we pay a visit to one of our favorite shopping spots, the Brooklyn Flea, which The New York Times calls "One of the great urban experiences in New York." With its......read more

Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, "Bounce Bounce"

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Handmade tide pool rendered in stop-motion by animator Hayley Morris

Hand-crafted art meets natural history dioramas meets stop-motion animation in this amazing video assembled by Brooklyn-based animator Hayley Morris. Inspired by the found sounds contained on Silfra, the album from Grammy-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn and German modernist composer Hauschka, Morris applied a similar approach to her visuals for "Bounce Bounce." "I really wanted to capture......read more

The Big SHFT: Bionic Men

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With help from Pharrell Williams, this New York textile company is reinventing sustainable fabric

Launched by high school friends and outdoors enthusiasts Tyson Toussant and Tim Coombs, Return Textiles began as a maker of hi-tech fabrics for outdoor gear. Now, the company is making its mark with Bionic Yarn, a soft yet durable canvas substitute made primarily from recycled plastic bottles. In a patented process, the plastic polymers from recycled bottles are wrapped around polyester fibers......read more

Nick Cave's Soundsuits

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Chicago artist discusses body of work made from found, recycled, and natural materials.

For more, check out the SHFT review of Nick Cave's Fowler Museum show....read more

Astoria Scum River Bridge

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Unauthorized, recycled wood foot bridge spans stretch of flooded NYC sidewalk.

Sometimes, when the government won't act on a problem, you have to take matters into your own hands. For several years, a leaky pipe in Astoria in New York City beneath the Hell Gate Bridge viaduct submerged a well-walked stretch of sidewalk under a festering cesspool of standing water. Astoria Scum River, as it was called, was not only gross but dangerously icy in the winter. In the......read more

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