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Manhattan in Motion

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Stunning NYC time-lapse by Mindrelic

Vimeo user and photographer Josh Owens (aka Mindrelic) recently spent a month "hotel hopping" in Manhattan (sounds expensive!) shooting a bunch of time-lapse footage. Then he whipped up this video from an hour's worth of footage. Pretty outstanding. Here's an earlier Mindrelic NYC time-lapse, and another shot in the "sacred lands" of eastern California. ...read more

Delancey Underground: The Low Line

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Subterranean park proposed for Manhattan's Lower East Side

In New York City, where land for parks is scarce, the biggest new green space is the High Line, a mile-long stretch of elevated railroad repurposed as park. Now, a group of innovative urbanists is proposing a subterranean version. As reported in this week’s issue of New York Magazine, the Delancey Underground (affectionately dubbed "The Low Line") would convert the......read more

Hell's Kitchen Farm Project

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NYC farming program uses church roof to grow fresh produce

Hallelujah! A baptist church in a neglected Manhattan neighbourhood has entered the urban farming game, with a 1,000 square foot rooftop garden that's producing abundant fruit and veg for the church's busy food pantry. Located in Hell's Kitchen between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel, the Metro Baptist Church is as far removed from rural farm life as it gets. But with......read more

Downtown From Behind

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NYC street style blog combines biking and fashion

New York-based photographer Bridget Fleming spins street style around with her unconventional take on fashion blogging. Fleming's Downtown From Behind blog features backside views of bike riders on the streets of Lower Manhattan, creating "an environmental portrait for each street and its subject." The project is nothing if not ambitious. With subjects ranging from musicians and models to chefs......read more

Cat Power "Manhattan"

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With co-director Greg Hunt, Chan Marshall creates a wonderful video portrait of Manhattan

In an age when directors often use the music video medium as carte blanche for creative experimentation, it's refreshing to see a simple, literal clip every once in a while. Earlier in the year, Cat Power (Chan Marshall) and Greg Hunt delivered just that with the video for "Manhattan," which finds the enigmatic songwriter chanting and dancing all over the borough. From underground on the subway......read more

Hurricane Sandy Relief T by Sebastian Errazuriz

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Brooklyn artist puts a sombre spin on iconic NYC graphics $40.00

When Hurricane Sandy brought work at Sebastian Errazuriz's studio to an abrupt halt, the Brooklyn-based designer and sculptor decided to do something to help victims of the storm. Taking white tees with two of NYC's most iconic graphics — Milton Glaser's "I Love New York" and the MTA subway map — Errazuriz dipped the bottom halves in blue ink. With the......read more

The Environment of the Unconscious

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Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota contemplates the connectedness of things...visible and not.

Chiharu Shiota's spatial installations underscore the guiding principle behind nature: connectivity between things. Peter Fischer (via We Find Wildness) characterizes Shiota's work of the Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist as occupying a space between two extremes, “On the one hand, in her installations she creates a world of her own, a world delineated as a spatial entity divorced......read more

Lighten Up Trailer

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Our first original web series, produced in collaboration with Stonyfield Farm, documents the greening of the music industry.

Lighten Up, our first original web series, chronicles bands taking part in the cultural shift toward sustainability. The series kicks off with The Honey Brothers (featuring SHFT's own Adrian Grenier on drums), followed by Brandi Carlile, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Dave Matthews Band. Lighten Up is produced in partnership with Stonyfield Farm....read more

Exhale Pavilion

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Luminescent installation lights up Art Basel Miami.

Art Basel, which jumped off in Miami yesterday, runs through the end of this weekend, and we're not remotely pleased that we're not there. Luckily, Inhabitat came through with some superb images of one of the installations we're most curious about. The Exhale Pavilion, part of the Oceanfront Nights program at Miami Beach, is a massive outdoor installation made from miles of......read more

One Hundred and Eight

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Nils Volker's interactive garbage bag installation.

Nature, waste, design, and tech collide in One Hundred and Eight, an interactive installation made by German designer Nils Volker. Consisting of ordinary household garbage bags mounted on a wall, the display's elements are selectively inflated and deflated by a two colling fans behind. "Although each plastic bag is mounted stationary the sequences of inflation and deflation create the......read more

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