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SHFT Sampler 6-15-10

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Our weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Oil gushers and global warming: The New Republic asks why we stink at dealing with ecological catastrophes. GOOOAAAAAL! Scoring green at the FIFA World Cup 2010. Tunto Design modestly describes its wooden LED1 lamp as "the best lamp in the world." It's hard to disagree. The hybrid goes virtual: Honda's CR-Z sport hybrid coupe makes debut at E3 video game expo. Gehry vs.......read more

Architect Frank Gehry is working with city officials to draft a new master plan for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River, bringing the avant-garde sensibilities of one of the world's best-known artistic celebrities to the struggle to remake 51 miles of the Los Angeles Basin's largely desolate central waterway. Gehry's designs for the flaring steel walls of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,......read more

Nick Frank: Munich Subway

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Behold the eerie, modernist beauty of these photos of deserted German subway stations

Urban design fanatics can rejoice in these pictures from German photographer Nick Frank, who stalked Munich's subway stations after hours to capture the eerie, modernist beauty of underground architecture in his hometown. Frank, who works as a creative director at an ad agency by day, has an eye for bold, basic shapes and bright colors. "I really have a graphical and minimalistic eye......read more

Chad Wright: Master Plan

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A sandcastle suburbia conveys the erosion of the American Dream

One of the defining features of American cities is suburban tract housing, the nearly identical lines of detached homes built after World War II. Among the first modern subdivisions is Levittown, on New York's Long Island, a model post-war development consisting built for war veterans and their families. The development was such a success that builders across the country copied the techniques,......read more

Greener Pastures

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T Magazine contributor Christian L. Wright on stylish travelers indulging their pastoral fantasies.

Just as bushy beards and Hunter boots have captured the pastoral fantasies of the urban fashion tribe, a taste for field and stream is driving the travel avant-garde. Nowadays, rural pleasures — whether it’s picking your own asparagus or indulging your inner ranger — have given rise to a new breed of back-to-the-land destinations...MORE -Christian L. Wright (Via T Magazine Blog) Photo:......read more

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