Olivia Chen

 

Olivia is a writer currently living in New York. She graduated from Cornell with a degree in landscape architecture where she first became curious about the challenge of sustainable (and affordable!) development. In the past, she practiced her prose as an intern at The Architect’s Newspaper and currently spends her days as an Americorps volunteer learning about urban gardening and forestry.

Olivia Chen
Deceiving Eco Art: Is This One Huge Bus or Fifty Cars?

Deceiving Eco Art: Is This One Huge Bus or Fifty Cars?

Swedish advertising company, Acne, put together a rather eye-catching advertising campaign for Flygbussarna, an airport coach bus service, to inspire individual car drivers to take the coach bus

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Recycle Your E-Waste at NYC’s Hester Street Fair THIS WEEKEND!

Recycle Your E-Waste at NYC’s Hester Street Fair THIS WEEKEND!

Hey New York Readers!If you live in New York City, we hope that you've made it down to the new Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side. The awesome flea-market/street fair opened in May,

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Old Dairy Barn Converted Into an Eco Home Filled With Rustic Charm

Old Dairy Barn Converted Into an Eco Home Filled With Rustic Charm

Seattle-based architect Don Frothingham has converted an old dairy barn into a beautiful modern home on scenic Bainbridge Island in Washington. Offering 3 bedrooms, expansive interior living

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Luvmuds: Seed Hearts for Valentine’s Day!

Luvmuds: Seed Hearts for Valentine’s Day!

Wondering how to express your budding love for a fellow dirt aficionado? Try a soil and nutrient packed Luvmud by architecture and strategic consulting firm, super-interesting! A heart-shaped

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The Urb Garden Helps Urban Gardeners Grow Food at Home

The Urb Garden Helps Urban Gardeners Grow Food at Home

Lately it seems that everyone is fixated on food -- its production, its enhancement, its delivery and consumption, and ultimately our evolving relationship with it. Amidst this food frenzy,

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World Struggles for Climate Deal as COP15 Talks Wind to a Close

World Struggles for Climate Deal as COP15 Talks Wind to a Close

Photo by Anja Niedringhaus/AP The end of the COP15 Climate Conference is rapidly approaching, and the web is rife with critical commentary. Delegates stayed up late last night working towards

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Arctic Mobile Unit Keeps North Pole Visitors Warm

Arctic Mobile Unit Keeps North Pole Visitors Warm

Living in a land filled with perpetual snow, we can only imagine that Santa Claus has some special magic to keep him and all his elves warm all year. For the rest of us, a stay in the North Pole

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Hillary Clinton Announces US Ready to Join $100 Billion Finance Deal

Hillary Clinton Announces US Ready to Join $100 Billion Finance Deal

Photo by Chris Ratcliffe, Bloomberg US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced earlier today at COP15 that the US is ready to join other industrialized countries in offering developing

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COP15 Update: Protesters Rally and 250 Arrested at Bella Center

COP15 Update: Protesters Rally and 250 Arrested at Bella Center

The climate talks continue to heat up as protesters attempted to gate crash the conference this morning in Copenhagen. The Danish police used less than friendly tactics to keep the activists

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COP15 Update: Developing Countries Threaten to Walk Out

COP15 Update: Developing Countries Threaten to Walk Out

Photo by Christian Charisius for Reuters This morning in Copenhagen, the climate talks stalled as African nations threatened to walk out on the conference. Upset that industrialized nations

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Links Roundup: News You Might Not Have Heard About COP15

Links Roundup: News You Might Not Have Heard About COP15

Today marks the end of the first week of the landmark climate talks that have been taking place in Copenhagen, and there's already been so much news surrounding the conference on the interwebs

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NYC Allows Bicycle Parking in Buildings While Cutting Bike Lanes

NYC Allows Bicycle Parking in Buildings While Cutting Bike Lanes

Since the beginning of December, riding your bike to work in New York City got a little easier, but riding through Brooklyn just got a little harder. On Monday, the NYC Department of

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NYC Passes Landmark Greener Greater Buildings Plan!

NYC Passes Landmark Greener Greater Buildings Plan!

Just last night, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to pass the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan - a package of bills aiming to reduce New York City's carbon emissions by almost 5%,

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Cuts Back on Greener Greater Buildings Plan

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Cuts Back on Greener Greater Buildings Plan

Last Friday, NYC Mayor Bloomberg announced that he would be dropping a measure that was a part of the ambitious Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) which called for buildings over 50,000

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Norway’s Most Energy-Efficient Office Building Unveiled for Cop15

Norway’s Most Energy-Efficient Office Building Unveiled for Cop15

At Inhabitat, we've been showing our support for COP15 by telling our readers about the need to take action on climate change. Various Architects in Oslo, Norway has taken a different path and

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New York City Unveils New Silent Electric Bus

New York City Unveils New Silent Electric Bus

Photo by Michael Appleton Perhaps following London's lead, the NYC Transit recently rolled out a new electric bus that uses a turbine engine to recharge a lithium-ion battery. Also eco on the

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Sustainable Design Firm Pugh + Scarpa Win 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award

Sustainable Design Firm Pugh + Scarpa Win 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award

The AIA voted yesterday to award Pugh + Scarpa Architects the 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award. We've featured Pugh + Scarpa's sustainable works before here (Cherokee Lofts) and here (Solar

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Path to COP15 Will Be Lit by Solar-Powered Street Lamps

Path to COP15 Will Be Lit by Solar-Powered Street Lamps

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) begins in just a few days! As the conference is crucial for countries to reach an agreement about how to mitigate climate change in the years

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Copenhagen’s Christmas Tree Will Be Pedal Powered!

Copenhagen’s Christmas Tree Will Be Pedal Powered!

This year, Copenhagen's annual Christmas tree will light up with the help of Danish citizens' aerobic efforts. The energy produced by the riders of 15 bicycles in Copenhagen's City Hall Square

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Links Roundup of the Week: Almost Halloween!

Links Roundup of the Week: Almost Halloween!

As the trees begin to lose their leaves, once full and leafy branches grow increasingly bare to create suddenly spooky shadows in our windows -- just in time for Halloween. Halloween is tomorrow

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Philips Design’s ‘Food Probe’ Promotes Healthy Eating With 3 Concepts

Philips Design’s ‘Food Probe’ Promotes Healthy Eating With 3 Concepts

Home Farming Pesticides. Genetic-modification. Mistreated animals. It could just about kill anyone's appetite to hear about all the horrible news about food production. Fortunately, the

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Links Roundup of the Week: A Green Halloween

Links Roundup of the Week: A Green Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us -- and we hope that your's will be as ghoulishy green as it is delightful. Not sure how? Well then, check out some of the best in green goodies for this Halloween

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Links Roundup of the Week: Solar, Solar, Solar

Links Roundup of the Week: Solar, Solar, Solar

The winner of the Solar Decathlon Competition was announced today -- congratulations Team Germany! We've been following the competition happenings all week. Our friends have been as abuzz as us,

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Liesbet Bussche Adorns Amsterdam With Larger-Than-Life Jewelry

Liesbet Bussche Adorns Amsterdam With Larger-Than-Life Jewelry

Re-inventing ordinary street dividers and concrete balls, Liesbet Bussche creates larger-than-life jewelry pieces for the streets of Amsterdam. The Belgian designer makes small interventions to

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Links Roundup of the Week: Solar Decathlon

Links Roundup of the Week: Solar Decathlon

It's finally the week of the Solar Decathlon competition! From Thursday, October 8 to Friday, October 16, 20 multi-disciplinary students teams made up of architects, engineers, and designers

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Crowd-Sourced Initiatives to Create a More Livable New York City

Crowd-Sourced Initiatives to Create a More Livable New York City

City governance and open-source programming never seemed like a likely marriage. However, emerging initiatives have been working towards it, and have received a boost of popular support through

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Open House New York

Open House New York

About openhousenewyork: openhousenewyork hosts year-round educational programs celebrating New York City’s built-environment, culminating in America’s largest architecture and design event,

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NYC: Exhibition Opening: Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio-X

NYC: Exhibition Opening: Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio-X

Germs, oysters, dogs, chickens, worms and humans are some of the species that populate the length of the MTA's 7 train -- affectionately known as the "International Express" to its riders in

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Seed Orbs Capture Beauty of Blooming Bud

Seed Orbs Capture Beauty of Blooming Bud

Capturing the usually short-lived moments of a blooming bud, environmental artist Richard Solomon's Seed Orbs encapsulate Goat's Beard seed heads in glass balls. As an artist, Solomon has worked

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Links Roundup of the Week: Planning for Sustainability

Links Roundup of the Week: Planning for Sustainability

Last week, Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG asked Mason White of InfraNet Lab for his thoughts on the growing interest in infrastructure and planning. White reflected that designers today that are

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