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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THE ART OF CLIMATE CHANGE

THE ART OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Over on Archinect this weekend, we discovered that a couple museums in England are currently gearing up for major exhibitions on "The Art of Climate Change". David Buckland of the

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PHILIPS LED BULBS

PHILIPS LED BULBS

LED technology is often heralded as the future of lighting - and for good reason. LEDs are easy to produce, generate very little heat, and are super energy efficient, using only one-eighth of

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DRIFTWOOD BATHS & BASINS

DRIFTWOOD BATHS & BASINS

A little while back we were taken on an emotional roller coaster ride by a teak bathtub. When we spotted William Garvey's stunning wooden bathtubs and basins, it was love at first site.

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BUSINESSWEEK LOVES PREFAB

BUSINESSWEEK LOVES PREFAB

As if the recent explosion of publications and conferences about Prefab housing (Prefab Now, Fab Prefab) weren't enough - now a new article in Business Week confirms what we've long know: prefab

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OFFICE OF MOBILE DESIGN

OFFICE OF MOBILE DESIGN

In light of the fact that the Prefab Now event is wrapping up today in Los Angeles, we thought it was a good time to highlight one of prefab architecture's original purveyors. You can't talk

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POPPYCOTTON

POPPYCOTTON

Melissa Cotton Womack, of How-To-Make-a-Terrarium fame, has just launched a new business of recycling vintage textiles into lovely home accessories such as pillows, wall hangings, and

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IKEA GOES GREEN

IKEA GOES GREEN

In a move sure to please college students everywhere, home furnishings colossus IKEA is making attempts to green-ify and hip-ify its business through a new line of eco-friendly (and yet still

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MISSISSIPPI RENEWAL FORUM

MISSISSIPPI RENEWAL FORUM

While most of the country has shifted focus, the Gulf Coast is far from putting the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita behind them. The Mississippi Renewal Forum, a weeklong charette

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LIGHTS OUT SAN FRANCISCO — OCTOBER 20TH!

LIGHTS OUT SAN FRANCISCO — OCTOBER 20TH!

Calling all San Franciscans!!!! Join us this Saturday, October 20th, and turn off all non-essential lights from 8-9pm, Pacific Time. So what exactly does one hour of lights out in the city

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SOLAR DECATHLON

SOLAR DECATHLON

Last week, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was host to a solar village constructed of the 18 entries in the 3rd annual U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. Defending their title,

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TINY TUMBLEWEED HOUSES

TINY TUMBLEWEED HOUSES

As consumers become more enamored with super-sized food, homes and vehicles, it is refreshing to see the simple and efficient structures of Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Founded on

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REDSTR COLLECTIVE PLYBOO FURNITURE

REDSTR COLLECTIVE PLYBOO FURNITURE

Redstr / Collective is a cutely named Brooklyn design company with even cuter furniture. We especially love their Cha Plyboo series. Yes, we know the names are little loopy, but the furniture

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WOODEN BATHS & BASINS

WOODEN BATHS & BASINS

William Garvey makes the most beautiful wooden bathtubs and water basins. The products are inspired by the Japanese Ofuro, which is traditionally used for a long soak that warms the body and

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SOLAR POWERED GLASS

SOLAR POWERED GLASS

Here's some exciting news in the evolution of solar-power: a California-based company has recently started making Solar-powered glass. Called Power Glass - this new material utilizes innovative

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HURRICANE RESISTANT HOUSING: Monolithic Domes

HURRICANE RESISTANT HOUSING: Monolithic Domes

An interesting find from the recent spate of hurricanes in the U.S. is that a particular type of building structure seems to hold up surprisingly well to the ravages of extreme wind and water.

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INHABITAT IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS

INHABITAT IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS

Inhabitat is looking for new writers to help us expand our coverage on innovative home design. Requirements include a design or writing background, and a passion for groundbreaking

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100% DESIGN

100% DESIGN

Sadly we couldn't get anyone out to London this year for 100% Design, but fortunately, Mocoloco did a great job covering the event. The Sharon Marston chandelier and Contraforma lamp shown above

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TREE HABITATS

TREE HABITATS

No longer just for Ewoks, treehouses have come a long way from the ramshackle plywood thingy your dad pieced together for you in the backyard. A number of architects are taking their

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FLOATING GATE CHASES FLOATING ISLAND

FLOATING GATE CHASES FLOATING ISLAND

Did any of you New Yorkers see this? I went down to Manhattan's waterfront a couple times to try to catch Smithson's Floating Island, and both times it eluded me (I think the schedule wasn't as

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FIREFLY LIGHTS

FIREFLY LIGHTS

I'm obsessed with slightly silly pseudo-nature designs, so Firefly Magic's Firefly Lights immediately caught me eye when I spotted them on Popgadget. Similar to NYU student John Schimmel's

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RECYCLINE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

RECYCLINE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

As you know, we don't usually focus on the design of small-item products like toiletries ? but I thought this merited an exception. Recycline is a company that makes small plastic items

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ORGANIC CONCRETE

ORGANIC CONCRETE

Lisbon based e-studio has recently developed an organic concrete. The Beto Organico has a permeable surface which allows plants to grow out of it. This new material exploits concrete?s capacity

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APOCALYPSE NOW

APOCALYPSE NOW

I've seen some pretty scary things in the news recently ? and I'm not talking about global terrorism or the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Scarier even than anarchy, violence and crumbling

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FLOATING ISLAND SETS SAIL IN NEW YORK CITY

FLOATING ISLAND SETS SAIL IN NEW YORK CITY

We wrote about Robert Smithson's floating island about a month ago, but I just want to remind interested New Yorkers that the floating island has set sail today. The displaced chunk of Central

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SEMI-PERMANENT WRAP UP

SEMI-PERMANENT WRAP UP

Okay, this is a bit late. I should have written a Semi-Permanent wrap up last Sunday to make things timely, but unfortunately I ran out of time, and this week is getting more and more hectic

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ECO-FRIENDLY SHOWER RECYCLES WATER

ECO-FRIENDLY SHOWER RECYCLES WATER

Like most people, I care about conserving water - but when it comes to actually scrimping on shower-time, I am loathe to cut back on my morning wake-up ritual. Thats why I am so excited about a

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ECOSMART FIREPLACE

ECOSMART FIREPLACE

Here's a quirky design guaranteed to warm up those chilly winter nights. The EcoSmart Fireplace is a flue-less, transportable, open fireplace which is ideal for apartment and city living.

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DWELL LAUNCHES PREFAB COLLECTION

DWELL LAUNCHES PREFAB COLLECTION

In a move destined to make prefab lovers drool, Dwell Magazine has just announced the launch of an exclusive collection of custom-designed, modern prefabricated homes. The publication has teamed

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WORLD’S FIRST SUSTAINABLE CITY?

WORLD’S FIRST SUSTAINABLE CITY?

British engineering and design consultancy Arup has signed a contract with Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation (SIIC) to plan the world's first sustainable "eco-city" - at Dongtan,

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Erika Hanson’s OBJECTS FOR WALLS

Erika Hanson’s OBJECTS FOR WALLS

Don't let the name deceive you. Athough she calls them "Objects for Walls", Erika Hanson's sculptural installations are really pretty much just organic deconstructions of the traditional flat,

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