Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
Inhabitat was started by NYC designer Jill Fehrenbacher as a forum for investigating emerging trends in product, interior, and architectural design. Managing Editor Mike Chino leads the editorial team, while Laura Mordas-Schenkein assists with daily business operations. The rest of the team is made up of the best design editors and writers from all over the world: Yuka Yoneda (New York Editor), Tafline Laylin (News and Features Editor), Kristine Lofgren (News Editor), Lucy Wang (Design Editor), Jasmin Malik Chua (Copy Editor and Fashion Editor at Ecouterre) and Beth Shea (Kids and Wellness Editor).
THE INHABITAT TEAM
JILL FEHRENBACHER – Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Jill is the founder of Inhabitat, as well as a LEED-AP green designer and green design consultant based in San Francisco. She created Inhabitat way back in 2005 as a way to catalog ideas for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University and Columbia University, she currently resides in San Francisco, where she’s raising two boys to be tomorrow’s environmental stewards and innovators, and helping to grow a progressive outdoor urban farm school.
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MIKE CHINO – Managing Editor
As managing editor, Mike shapes Inhabitat’s editorial vision and directs the team to produce timely, engaging coverage of designs that make the world a better place. Mike graduated with honors in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and in the past he has written for Engadget, Ecouterre, and Readymade Magazine. As an editor, writer and photographer Mike has traveled the globe charting groundbreaking developments in the field of design – from ICFF to Biennale Interieur, Dwell on Design, and auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York. When he’s not online Mike likes to bike, hike, surf and build things.
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YUKA YONEDA – Managing Editor, Inhabitat NYC
Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she’s seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can make stuff there, you can make stuff anywhere. Yuka’s refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.
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JASMIN MALIK CHUA – Ecouterre Editor
A 14-year veteran of the publishing industry, Jasmin joins Ecouterre from TreeHugger, where she wrote about sustainable fashion and beauty. She has an M.S. in biomedical journalism from New York University—she was a founding fellow of the literary reportage program—and a B.S. in animal biology from the National University of Singapore.
In addition to stories published in online and print publications like Alive, Plenty, The Huffington Post, and Sprig, Jasmin has been quoted as a green expert by such publications and outlets as The New York Times, BBC Radio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and People. Jasmin was previously a copy editor for Computer Shopper and PRINT. (She still reads style guides for fun.)
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LAURA MORDAS SCHENKEIN – Operations Manager
Laura is a LEED Green Associate based in Rhinebeck, New York. Her background in psychology and passion for ecological design led her to the study of the built environment and its profound effect on our physical and emotional well-being. Her sustainable roots began on a Hudson Valley farm, and since then she has contributed research and writing to various publications, including Clean Plates.com. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and meditative hiking, with big dreams of someday running a bed and breakfast in the countryside.
CHARLIE RADKA – Operations Assistant
Charlie is an artist by passion and an economist by training. After graduating from McGill University, Montreal with a B.A. in economics, Charlie moved to San Francisco to obtain a MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. Her love for writing and study of environmental economics came together at the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where she contributed to research on the economic valuation of biodiversity as a means for creating conservation incentive measures. She has spent her life so far divided equally between Bangkok, Paris, Montreal, and the United States.
TAFLINE LAYLIN – News and Features Editor
After receiving her B.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Tafline led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America. It soon dawned on her that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.
So she has picked up her mighty pen to bring better exposure to environmental issues. At other times, she waxes philosophical about culture and travel on her personal blog. Tafline was born in Iran and raised in the United States, and is currently based in South Africa. She also blogs for www.greenprophet.com and her work has appeared in Africa Geographic, The Ecologist, Urban Green File, and other publications.
KRISTINE LOFGREN – News Editor
Kristine is a writer and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Passionate about green design and pretty words in equal parts, she spends her days blogging, writing, designing and working towards her Masters in English at the University of Utah. Kristine discovered her passion for the environment while growing up on the trails of the Rocky Mountains and has had her feet (and hands) in the dirt ever since.
LUCY WANG – Design Editor
Lucy got hooked on the ideas of sustainable design ever since a life-changing summer in Portland, Ore. where she learned about “green” living and how to ride a bike. After graduating with a landscape architecture degree, she set off on a half-year trip across North America on mass transit to explore landscape architecture sites and cities, documenting parts of her journey at Landscape Voice. Through the trip, she cultivated a love for communications and has now decided to focus her skills on writing, advocating and engaging the public on green, transit-friendly initiatives. Lucy currently lives in Baltimore with dreams of moving out west.
JULIE M. RODRIGUEZ – Weekend Editor & News Writer
Julie M. Rodriguez is an arts, green living, and political writer based in Portland, OR. Her work has appeared in xoJane, Care2 Causes, Greener Ideal, and Inhabitat. Follow her on Twitter @julierwrites.
LACY COOKE – News WriterLacy Cooke is a writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in The Millions, WeWork’s Creator, and OnFaith, among others. She’s a California native transplanted to Connecticut where she lives with her husband and cat. You’ll find her experimenting in the kitchen, reading in the backyard, or stretching on a yoga mat.
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NICOLE JEWELL – Contributing Writer
Presently living in Madrid, Nicole works as a design and architecture writer and Spanish translator. When possible, she enjoys traveling around the Iberian Peninsula exploring Spain’s rich blend of historic and modern architecture. Her articles and photos have been published in various trade publications and websites, as well as her own blog, Pass the Ham.
JOSH MARKS – Environmental News Writer
Environmental journalist Josh Marks writes about climate change, clean energy and sustainable transportation for Inhabitat. He has written on topics as diverse as state film incentives and professional sports for media outlets including Variety, The National Memo, Rant Sports, Green American and Sea Technology Magazine.
COLIN PAYNE – Contributing Editor
Colin Payne is a freelance writer and photographer based near Nelson, British Columbia. While he works for companies around the world, Colin loves living a rural life based around environmental sustainability, local agriculture and human-powered outdoor recreation.
MARC CARTER – Transportation Writer
Marc Carter grew up in Los Angeles listening to the sound of vintage Chevys and Fords being tweaked in his parents’ garage. Today he calls San Francisco his home, but his obsession about the automotive world is stronger than ever. Five years ago he founded The Torque Report, the “go-to” destination for late and breaking news on the auto industry. When he’s not obsessing over the newest electric car, he can be found hanging out with his pug, Baxter.
ANA LISA ALPEROVICH – Contributing Writer
Ana Lisa is a trained eco-designer and sustainable culture producer from Buenos Aires. She received her BA Hons from Goldsmiths, University of London, a city where she spent most of her 20s and inspires her enormously. After gaining experience on designing public events for [re]design through England and China, she went back to her hometown to find out what was going on about her subject of study while she was away. Impressed by the creative use of local resources, her love for sharing knowledge and her belief in learning through experiences, she co-created the Sustainable Festival. A 4-day educational not-for-profit event dedicated to the celebration of emerging sustainable design practices, held at the luscious Botanic Gardens in the heart of Buenos Aires. Ana Lisa cannot help being an environmental activist and is interested on discovering new eco-design concepts and learning about the design of systems. She is a vegetarian who loves riding her folding-bike, playing hand-ball, Japanese culture, making her own clothes, gardening and cats. She now works independently doing all sorts of things related to critical sustainable design thinking and practices: she is a consultant for big and small brands, a curator of exhibitions, workshops organizer and now a contributing writer for Inhabitat!
MARNI FOGELSON-TEEL – Contributing Writer
Marni Fogelson-Teel is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia, where she and her family take advantage of the green perks of city living including numerous parks and playgrounds, awesome farmer’s markets, and a proximity to hiking and running trails. Marni has written for Ecofabulous and Celsias and currently writes for Domino. She has also worked in PR and development for several national and international non-profit organizations. She is happiest cooking delicious and healthy food for family and friends, practicing yoga, exploring new cities and countries, and adventuring outside (or dancing in the kitchen) with her son, daughter, husband, and rescued mutt, Harvey.
GREG BEACH – Contributing Writer
Greg is a Garden Educator with CitySprouts in Cambridge and Boston. He has studied Permaculture Design in New England and incorporates what he’s learned into his school gardens. Greg is currently working on his first book, an anthology of historical essays told through the lens of Watertown, Massachusetts. He is a cook, a biker, and a pretty decent guy.
EMILY PECKENHAM – Contributing Writer
Urbanist, writer, designer and plant geek currently enjoying the oceans and mountains near San Francisco.
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LEA STEWART – Contributing Writer
Lea Stewart believes that Design is multifaceted. It is about creating experiences, while not negatively impacting our environment. Her design career has given her working knowledge in many industries including consumer products, furniture, lighting, commercial products, medical products, packaging, and display design. Her concepts for sustainable footwear were honored as First Place Professional Winner at the International Design Resource Awards and winner of the Saint Étienne International Design Biennial award for eco design. She has been published in the Eco Design Handbook, and her work is part of the permanent collection at the Huxley College of the Environment at West Washington University.
TAMSIN WOOLLEY-BARKER – Contributing Writer and Biomimicry Expert
An evolutionary biologist, writer, sustainability expert, and passionate biomimicry professional, Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker blogs at BioInspired Ink and serves as Content Developer for the California Association of Museums‘ Green Museums Initiative. She is working on a book about organizational transformation inspired by nature.