Jill Fehrenbacher

 

Jill is the founder of Inhabitat, as well as a LEED-AP green designer and green design consultant based in New York City. She created Inhabitat in 2005 as a way to catalog her search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Central St. Martins, where she received an M.A. in Design Studies, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has been good for her obsession with rooftop farming and vegan fast food restaurants.

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P.E.T. ABUSE: Redstr Collective Plastic Chalices

P.E.T. ABUSE: Redstr Collective Plastic Chalices

We inherently love design made from recycled materials - and we love it even more is when an unusual choice of recycled materials challenges our expectations and provokes interesting questions

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ANNIVERSARY OF KATRINA: Designing for disaster

ANNIVERSARY OF KATRINA: Designing for disaster

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and to make sure that people don't forget it about the massive devastation that affected so many people on the Gulf Coast, we are

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WATERSTUDIO’S FLOOD-RESISTANT ARCHITECTURE

WATERSTUDIO’S FLOOD-RESISTANT ARCHITECTURE

As we approach the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, you may notice we're running a little theme on Inhabitat: flood-resistant design and architecture. In the months following Katrina, one of

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RAIN WINDCHIME CHANDELIER

RAIN WINDCHIME CHANDELIER

Good design probes the dimensions of harmony and vitality. Australian designer Ilan El created this beautiful Rain pendant chandelier with the goal of engaging the senses through sight and

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DESIGN FIGHT! – Who designed this lamp first?

DESIGN FIGHT! – Who designed this lamp first?

Seems like there's quite a row going on over at Reluct regarding this foxy branching-bulb chandelier design. Dutch designer Chris Kabel published the version on the left in 2002, calling it the

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPETITION

AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPETITION

August seems to be the month for competitions. Right on the heels of Electrolux’s Design Lab 2006 is the deadline for the “How to Provide Affordable Housing” competition co-sponsored by

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NEW IDEAS FOR GREEN INSULATION

NEW IDEAS FOR GREEN INSULATION

Nasa's Aerogel material, which it uses to collect space dust - also makes a great insulating material for your house! Since we've recently discussed energy consumption and indoor air quality

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BACK FROM THE NETHERLANDS

BACK FROM THE NETHERLANDS

Just wanted to let you all know that I am finally back from my trip to the Netherlands and Scandinavia, and I will have a lot to report in the coming weeks. I managed to interview Koen Olthius

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ELECTROLUX DESIGN LAB 2006 COMPETITON

ELECTROLUX DESIGN LAB 2006 COMPETITON

If you dream of the day when the microwave oven meets an ugly demise, you’ll love the theme of Electrolux’s Design Lab 2006 competition. The challenge this year is to design food preparation

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DUTCH TREE WINDMILLS

DUTCH TREE WINDMILLS

On the subject of art imitating trees, check out this awesome design for tree-like windmills, from One Architecture, Ton Matton and NL Architects in the Netherlands. Leave it to the Dutch to

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NEW GROWTH CHANDELIERS

NEW GROWTH CHANDELIERS

Somehow we missed this at ICFF, and we aren't really sure how we could have overlooked such a fabulous lighting design. Not only do these lovely chandeliers mimic the organic growth patterns of

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EMILY PILLOTON’S HUMAN NEST

EMILY PILLOTON’S HUMAN NEST

Birds are efficient little creatures. They build their nests quickly, out of whatever bits of stray material they can find, and manage to turn these seemingly disheveled piles of odds and ends

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ECOSPACE GREEN GARDEN STUDIO

ECOSPACE GREEN GARDEN STUDIO

We've waxed lyrical about many a mini backyard prefab, (the FutureShed, the Modern Cabana, the MetroShed) but the EcoSpace Garden Studio really takes the cake. This stylish little prefab is

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DUTCH READER MEETUP?

DUTCH READER MEETUP?

I was really surprised and impressed by how many people got in touch with me regarding my upcoming trip to the Netherlands. I never realized we had so many Dutch readers! Some of you

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IV PLANT POT

IV PLANT POT

In the four years I’ve lived in New York, I have never owned a plant. In fact, I never even thought about buying one - until now. A plant is like a pet that needs to be watered and fed, lest

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KILL VAMPIRES WITH THE E-ROPE

KILL VAMPIRES WITH THE E-ROPE

Did you know that electric cables, chargers and devices in standby mode can suck up tons of electrical power? Even when your phone isn't plugged in, your cell-phone charger might be adding an

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ANY SCANDINAVIAN PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE?

ANY SCANDINAVIAN PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE?

I mentioned my trip to the Netherlands a few weeks ago, but what I didn't mention is that I will be embarking on a whirlwind tour of Scandinavia shortly afterwards. If Inhabitat has any

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Global Village Shelters

PREFAB FRIDAY: Global Village Shelters

We know you like Prefab Fridays, but many of you have been writing in recently to complain about the high costs of many of the prefabs we've featured lately. The burgeoning crop of chic

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DESIGN LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN!

DESIGN LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN!

Currently one in seven people in the world lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than 3 billion people - nearly half the world's population - do not have access to clean drinking water or

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VIDEO: Shipping-Container Homes from Lot-ek

VIDEO: Shipping-Container Homes from Lot-ek

Anyone who reads Inhabitat with regularity knows we love shipping-container architecture, and are big fans of the creative NYC architecture firm Lot-ek. We've raved about their Recycled Airplane

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FREITAG PATRIOTIC FOOTBALLS – recycled, green & vegan

FREITAG PATRIOTIC FOOTBALLS – recycled, green & vegan

In honor of the World Cup, Freitag has come out with some colorful patriotic footballs (or soccer balls as we like to call them in the U.S.). Not only is this a way clever idea (good time to

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NEW WEEKLY COLUMN: Green Building 101

NEW WEEKLY COLUMN: Green Building 101

We've been paying close attention to our reader survey, and one emerging trend has been a loud and clear request for more information on how to better understand green building. In answer to

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FREITAG’S NEW SHIPPING CONTAINER STORE

FREITAG’S NEW SHIPPING CONTAINER STORE

One of the pioneering innovators in turning industrial refuse into functional gear is Freitag, the Swiss company launched by a pair of entrepreneurial bike-riding designers who decided that

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POPPYCOTTON RECYCLED TEXTILES DESIGNS

POPPYCOTTON RECYCLED TEXTILES DESIGNS

We just can't get enough of How-To-Make-a-Terrarium article that we ran last year, but the girl is more than just a creative green thumb. Melissa also has a line of home accessories that are as

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UMBRELLA INSIDE OUT COMPETITION

UMBRELLA INSIDE OUT COMPETITION

There are a lot of interesting design competitions going on this summer, and some of the most intriguing are sponsored by our fellow design bloggers. We just announced Core77's Light Object

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NEWSWEEK LIKES US!

NEWSWEEK LIKES US!

We felt very flattered this week to discover that Newsweek Magazine picked Inhabitat as one of their Design Dozen: “12 websites that define cool”. We want to congratulate our fellow

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ANY DUTCH PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE?

ANY DUTCH PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE?

I'd love to hear from anyone (Dutch or not) who is knowledgeable about designy things to do in the Netherlands. As regular readers will know, Inhabitat has a bit of a thing for Dutch design. I

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MVRDV’s PIG CITY

MVRDV’s PIG CITY

Being a vegetarian, it is a little hard for me to smile on a design proposal about pig farming. Nevertheless, I was totally taken with Dutch architecture group MVRDV‘s clever (and I think

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LIGHT DELIGHT – Temperature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

LIGHT DELIGHT – Temperature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

When we first wrote up the Hansa Canyon temperature-sensitive bathroom fixtures last year, people went nuts trying to figure out how to procure some of the high-tech LED faucets from the elusive

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