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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BKLYN DESIGNS

BKLYN DESIGNS

I went to BKLYN Designs this weekend and I must say that the exhibition was even better this year than last. The show featured 55 different Brooklyn designers this year, bringing back old faves

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NICHOLAS FURROW Red Light District Lamps

NICHOLAS FURROW Red Light District Lamps

One of the things I am most looking forward to at BKLYN Designs is Nicholas Furrow's gorgeous collection of lamps made from recycled objects. The Red-Light District Lamps, shown above, are made

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TETRIS SHELVES!

TETRIS SHELVES!

When we ran a post on Brave Space's Tetris shelves last year - we were inundated with traffic from Tetris lovers around the world. Many of you loved the shelves, others wrote in to complain

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THE STATE OF ARCHITECTURAL JOURNALISM TODAY

THE STATE OF ARCHITECTURAL JOURNALISM TODAY

Our friend Geoff Manaugh has just posted an impassioned, ingenius essay over on BLDGBLOG about the absurdly introverted state of architectural journalism today. If you've ever had your eyes

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WIFI UMBRELLA

WIFI UMBRELLA

Here's a creative use of technology to make life a bit more cheery. Who wants to have to turn on the TV or go to weather.com to find out the latest forecast, when your umbrella cantell you all

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366CM’s Recycled Wine Bottle Candlestick

366CM’s Recycled Wine Bottle Candlestick

Here's an idea that seems obvious in its simplicity, yet is executed in such a lovely way that it merits a second look. 366cm's Millésime is half a wine bottle - turned into a candlestick

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SOLAR NIGHT FLOWERS

SOLAR NIGHT FLOWERS

These wacky Solar Night Flowers are one of the stranger things I've seen in awhile - and I love them in all their surreal eco-weirdness. Like a cross between tacky plastic restaurant flowers

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TREEHUGGER STUFF BUMP

TREEHUGGER STUFF BUMP

Not content to merely conquer the world of eco-blogging, the Treehugger crew is expanding into product design. Treehugger's Graham Hill & Petz Scholtus (who are both product designers by trade)

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P(LOT) – reclaiming parking space for secret dwellings

P(LOT) – reclaiming parking space for secret dwellings

All around the America people are reclaiming the streets from the grasp of the greedy, gas-guzzling automobile. First there was Rebar's PARK(ing) project, where a rogue bunch of San Francisco

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SOCCER (FOOTBALL) HOUSES

SOCCER (FOOTBALL) HOUSES

With floods and hurricanes on the brain, we always take note of houses that can float if waters start rising...Flexibility in the face of disaster can be a saving grace. This Bucky-esque

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UPDATE ON FEEDS & THINGS

UPDATE ON FEEDS & THINGS

As many of you know, we switched software last week (from Pivot to Wordpress), and while the transition was mostly smooth, there were a few small expected bumps. One issue is that our image

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REMEMBERING JANE JACOBS

REMEMBERING JANE JACOBS

Jane Jacobs, the iconoclastic urban activist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) died yesterday in her home in Toronto. Jacobs was a fearless and vocal critic who

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LOT-EK’S RECYCLED AIRPLANE LIBRARY

LOT-EK’S RECYCLED AIRPLANE LIBRARY

Move out of the way shipping containers... there's a new kid on the block: airplane fuselages. New York's urban architect recyclers, LOT-EK, have recently designed a library in Guadalajara

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THE NEXT BIG THING IN GREEN BUILDING

THE NEXT BIG THING IN GREEN BUILDING

Guest writer Jared Silliker lives in Seattle and works as a senior analyst at The Cadmus Group, an environmental consulting firm. He works with the architectural community to encourage

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WE’VE MOVED TO WORDPRESS!!

WE’VE MOVED TO WORDPRESS!!

Dear Readers- You may have noticed we've been m.i.a all weekend... This is because we've been in the process of switching our software to Wordpress. I'm happy to announce that we have made

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NEWER ORLEANS

NEWER ORLEANS

Since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast last fall, well-meaning architects, designers and planners the world over have been scrambling to submit proposals for rebuilding New Orleans.

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HAUTE GREEN: Now accepting submissions

HAUTE GREEN: Now accepting submissions

For design-loving New Yorkers, New York Design Week is like Christmas in May - lots of fun parties, lots of inspiring and amazing new products on display everywhere. This year promises to be

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THE WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE SKYSCRAPER

THE WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE SKYSCRAPER

Last weekend at the AIGA Grow conference I had the opportunity to hear first hand about the massive green skyscraper that is under construction at One Bryant place in midtown New York. I've

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Marmol Radziner

PREFAB FRIDAY: Marmol Radziner

Sustainable design and prefabrication are two of our central obsessions here at Inhabitat. So when they come together in one sleek package, we take note. Lest you think we have been ignoring or

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CAN BRAD PITT SAVE OUR PLANET?

CAN BRAD PITT SAVE OUR PLANET?

PBS thinks so... The company has just announced a new television series about environmentally-friendly architecture called Design: E2, which will be narrated by starchitecture buff Brad Pitt.

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AIGA GROW CONFERENCE

AIGA GROW CONFERENCE

We did the bi-coastal conference thing this weekend at Inhabitat. While our intrepid west-coast Inhabitants were staking out the CABoom conference in Santa Monica, I had the opportunity to

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STUDIO DROR’S PICK CHAIR

STUDIO DROR’S PICK CHAIR

As far as flexible furniture goes, the folding chair is as old as they come, the first one dating back literally thousands of years. You don't expect to see much innovation in such a

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LOOP.PH REACTIVE SURFACES

LOOP.PH REACTIVE SURFACES

We discovered Loop.ph last week with their beautiful BioWall, and now we can't get enough of the British design duo. CSM research fellow Rachel Wingfield and artist Mathias Gmachl collaborate to

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GLOBE FIBER OPTIC LAMP

GLOBE FIBER OPTIC LAMP

We fell in love with GloFab glowing textiles last week, and this week we are excited to announce a couple new designs that GloFab has just released. The GloBE lantern is composed of GloFab

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H-HAUS CUBE 5

H-HAUS CUBE 5

When we first wrote about the green prefab H-Haus back in January, the innovative design was just a sparkle (i.e. cad rendering) in Aaron Bohrer and Arunas Repecka's eye. Now a prototype of the

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O2 SUSTAINABILITY TREEHOUSE

O2 SUSTAINABILITY TREEHOUSE

We've covered a lot of fusion tree houses: treehouse meets Jetsons; treehouse meets Modernism; treehouse meets biology experiment. Today, we've been introduced to a new pairing from O2

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GLOFAB GLOWING TEXTILES

GLOFAB GLOWING TEXTILES

Torbjorn Lundell has just launched a new light-emitting textile at the 2006 Stockholm Furniture Fair called GloFab. This is such a fabulous idea it makes you wonder why this development has

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BIOWALL

BIOWALL

We love the idea of living walls here at Inhabitat, and if we could turn every surface into a living surface, we would. That's why we were so struck by Loop.ph's stunning new BioWall, which was

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NEW LUMEN DESIGNS

NEW LUMEN DESIGNS

Adam Frank struck a chord last fall with his gorgeous Lumen oil lamp which casts a shadow of a tree on your wall. A couple weeks after the design made the rounds on the blogosphere, the Lumen

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JOHN HOUSHMAND’S RECLAIMED WOOD FURNITURE

JOHN HOUSHMAND’S RECLAIMED WOOD FURNITURE

New York's John Houshmand creates what he calls "urban organic furniture." Large slabs of rough-cut timber (most of it reclaimed or salvaged) are married with simple, modern design. Bark, grain,

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