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SHFT Sampler 4-29-11

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Whole Larder Love is the best food foraging blog ever, Alternative Apparel hits the street, ants make rafts to defy floods, and more.

Foraged Food Porn: Thanks to Cold Splinters, we just discovered our new favorite food blog. Whole Larder Love comes correct with "thrilling yarns of cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting" from Ballarat, Australia. Beauty photos! Re Up Gang: Looking to build green? The Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange is the online encyclopedia of materials reuse. Good resource. Eco Brick and Mortar:......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-4-11

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Mountaintop mining, Volt vs. Leaf, vintage babes in nature, and more.

Electric Avenue: The race for electric car dominance is underway, and GM is emerging as the early front-runner. According to CNN Money, since production began last November, U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid are three times that of the all-electric Nissan Leaf. On the strength of those numbers, GM is planning to roll out the Volt to all 50 states by the end of the year. Material......read more

Eat LACMA: The Food Pyramid

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Artist collective Didier Hess designs and builds a food pyramid/fish taco farm on the LACMA campus.

In this Eat LACMA episode, we hang out with art collective Didier Hess, the founders of LA-based design group Materials & Applications. The architects and designers by training — and uncategorizable visionaries in practice — designed and built a totally eco-friendly hydroponic tilapia farm (complete with a water pump powered by solar panels) on the LACMA grounds. Dubbed by the......read more

Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

Energy Trumps Cards

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Deck of cards offers vital environmental info for designers and consumers $20.00

London-based creative studio Agency of Design sweeps the table with these new Energy Trumps cards, spotted on Inhabitat. The deck of 45 cards acts as a visual tool for understanding the environmental properties of different materials. Equally relevant for both designers and consumers, the cards present key environmental info for each material, including embodied energy, embodied water,......read more

Efficient Home by Mathieu Lehanneur

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Home energy monitoring just got better looking.

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has set a new design standard for home energy monitoring systems. Created for Schneider Electric, Efficient Home debuted at the St-Etienne Design Biennale last week. The quirky collection is conceived as a series of symbols that act like an energy alphabet, complementing each other in various combinations. The objects, which include a temperature sensor,......read more

Andrea Plant-Based Air Purifier

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Mathieu Lehanneur's design harnesses the air-cleaning power of plants $149.98

In the natural world, plants perform the crucial duty of filtering dirty air from the atmosphere. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur mimics that natural process with Andrea, a slick-looking home air purifier powered by plants. The air cleaning tech draws air in through a quiet fan before propelling it through the leaves and root system of the plant, and then out through the soil and back into......read more

Graffiti Calls For Demolition of Obsolete Dam

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Guerrilla artists throw up clever piece on California dam

Graffiti has long been used to make political statements, but they're rarely as clever as this. Working under cloak of night, an anonymous band of artists recently threw up this "cut here" piece on a controversial California dam. The message is simple -- bring the damn thing down. Writing in the LA Times, Steve Chawkins provides the background: Matilija Dam was built in 1947 for flood control......read more

Matmos, "Very Large Green Triangles"

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This spaced out animation takes the song's title as literal inspiration

Lonstanding experimental duo Matmos released a new EP, The Ganzfield, on Thrill Jockey this week, and the concept seems, well, complicated. The video for lead track "Very Large Green Triangles," on the other hand, is not. The clip was produced by L.inc animation lab and directed by Ed Apodaca and Audrey Karleskind, who took a literal interpretation of the......read more

Matt Molloy: Smeared Sky

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Stacked time-lapse images create incredible painterly effect

From his home in Ontario, Canada, Matt Molloy takes sky photography to a whole new level of awesome. After shooting single-spot, time-lapse images of rural landscapes around his home, he stacks the images atop one another to create an amazing painterly effect. Each picture in his “Smeared Sky” series is a result of combining from 100 to 200 photographs. How many he uses depends on a......read more

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