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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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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Prefab Fridays: PREFAB FOR HERMIT CRABS

Prefab Fridays: PREFAB FOR HERMIT CRABS

Prefabrication isn't just for people! Even tiny crustaceans can benefit from the economic efficiency of mass-produced standardized dwelling units. Case in point : Elizabeth Demaray's fabulous

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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

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MOE RECLAIMED-WOOD FURNITURE

MOE RECLAIMED-WOOD FURNITURE

It seems that Brooklyn is fast becoming the hotbed for reclaimed wood furniture. Inhabitat has long been a fan of designer wood-recyclers like Scrapile and RG Furniture, and we are excited to

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GLOWING ROCK LAMPS: Oluce Stones

GLOWING ROCK LAMPS: Oluce Stones

Why use regular old patio lights when you can have giant glowing pet rocks instead? Made of durable, weather-tested polyethylene, Oluce's stone lamps can be used indoors and out. Now if these

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STELLA’S URBAN TABLEWARE

STELLA’S URBAN TABLEWARE

We don't often wax lyrical about kitchenware here at Inhabitat (we tend to focus more on the big stuff) - but we are completely entralled with Stella's Urban Myth tableware. Stella's

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STORYLINES BOOKCASE

STORYLINES BOOKCASE

Have you ever wondered why most bookshelves are flat and straight? I'm pondering that question right now as I look at the fabulous Storyline bookshelf by Frederik Roije. There is no good

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Andrew Maynard

PREFAB FRIDAY: Andrew Maynard

We just can't get enough of Andrew Maynard, so we thought we'd say a few more words about him for our Prefab Friday roundup. In the diverse collection of projects in Maynard's portfolio, we get

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FREEDOM OF CREATION Rapid Prototype Designs

FREEDOM OF CREATION Rapid Prototype Designs

Design company Freedom Of Creation (FOC), straddles the cusp between cutting edge engineering and haute-design. The future-forward company is pushing the boundaries of manufacturing production

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SUPER SMART PRIVACY GLASS

SUPER SMART PRIVACY GLASS

Imagine a high-tech glass that you could change from transparent to frosted with the flick of a switch... You could use it for home windows (eliminating the need for blinds), for store fronts

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WE HATE SPAMMERS / comments are disabled

WE HATE SPAMMERS / comments are disabled

Dear readers- A bunch of you have written in to ask about why our comments aren't working. We have had to shut them down because some spawn of satan has set up an automated spam-bot to send us

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JORIS LAARMAN’S HEAT WAVE RADIATOR

JORIS LAARMAN’S HEAT WAVE RADIATOR

When it comes to the essentials at home, sanity trumps vanity. In old apartments and houses, big clunky radiators seem like a necessary annoyance, but do they really have to be? Dutch designer

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GEOTHERMAL MANHATTAN TOWNHOUSE

GEOTHERMAL MANHATTAN TOWNHOUSE

http://www.mindfully.org/Energy/Old-Heating-Idea.htm I've been hearing rumors about a geothermally heated townhouse in lower Manhattan for awhile now, and have been meaning to go check it out

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