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Juvet Landscape Hotel: Sleek Norwegian Nature Digs

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A minimalist design with an equally minimal footprint

The Juvet Landscape Hotel in western Norway is the perfect marriage of nature and structure. Designed by Oslo architects Jensen & Skodvin and constructed from fast-growing pine found on the property, the minimalist series of buildings are comfortably nestled in the natural surroundings — with next to no environmental footprint.  "The intention was to make a......read more

Sublime Landscape Photos by Spencer Murphy

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Nature reigns supreme in epic pics from Brit photographer

In creating his latest series of images, award-winning photographer Spencer Murphy looked back — way back — to the 18th century, when Romantic artists started painting nature as if it were a magnificent but terrifying abyss, ready to swallow humanity whole. His moving collection of landscape photos borrow heavily from the Romantic notion of nature as a sublime......read more

Bamboo Bikes by Diego Cardenas

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Green cycles blend nature and tech.

At the tender age of 25, Mexican industrial design student Diego Cardenas is doing big things in the realm of bamboo bicycle design. Inspired by photos of other bamboo bike creations — including the first commercial design, unveiled at a London trade fair in 1894 — Cardenas felt he could do better. Judging from these pics, he may be right. After attending a bamboo workshop in Europe,......read more

Photo Gallery: Striking Shots from Above

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Alex MacLean goes airborne to document the complex relationship between humans and nature.

As an architecture student at Harvard, Alex MacLean took a community planning course that exposed him to the practice of aerial photography. Inspired by the human-imposed grids and patterns he saw from the sky, MacLean pursued his pilot's licence and has since become one of America's preeminent sky photographers, having shot over much of the country and co-authored several books exploring the......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

Levi Jackson: Nature Installation

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Outdoor works from a young Utah artist.

A recent recipient of a BFA in Sculpture from Brigham Young University, Levi Jackson heads outdoors to build installations in natural settings, which he photographs then dismantles. An eco-conscious thread runs through his work. "ReIntroduction," a Jackson piece from earlier this year, offers a powerful comment on a failed oil well in the Utah countryside. The well, which was abandoned......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-24-10

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Weekly links: Surfrider celebrates 150th victory, photography heads undersea, and Russian nature art is nuts.

Shouts out to Jim Moriarty and Surfrider Foundation. In 2005, the coastal conservation group set a goal for 150 "coastal victories" by 2010. They defined a coastal victory as “a decision made in favor of the coastal and ocean environment that results in a positive conservation outcome, improves coastal access, or both.” On December 1, they nailed it. Kudos, Surfrider. (via......read more

A Force for Nature

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A new book from John Adams, founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In 1969, raw sewage floated through the waterways of New York City and soot from smokestacks choked the air. The situation was much the same in other American cities. John Adams and his wife Patricia decided to do something about it, creating the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. Today, the group has 1.3 million members along with a staff of over 300 scientists, lawyers, and......read more

Marissa Textor: Drawings

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L.A. artist pencils hyper realistic portrayals of nature.

Marissa Textor's graphite-on-paper drawings capture epic nature moments in a hyper realistic manner. In an art scene dominated by loose, gestural work, Textor's precision penciling stands out among the crowd. On her choice of subject matter, the Los Angeles-based artist says, "It's exciting to me. In an over-stimulated world this is the stuff the holds my attention and......read more

Jennilee Marigomen: Botanophobia

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Vancouver photographer snaps bursts of nature in the urban environment.

Living in the city, there's a misperception that there's a line that separates the urban environment from the natural one. It's an illusion, of course. 'Botanophobia,' a collection of photos of urban plantlife by Jennilee Marigomen, reminds us that beneath the concrete artifice, nature rules. The talented photographer, who lives and works in Vancouver (hence the......read more

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