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
Making Public Places: Forum on Placemaking in Cities

Making Public Places: Forum on Placemaking in Cities

On Monday, July 13, 2009, Diana Balmori and her NYC-based landscape and urban design firm hosted a forum that was part-academic discussion, part-social media experiment. The forum, called Making

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Camouflage House: A Greenhouse Residence

Camouflage House: A Greenhouse Residence

Architect Hiroshi Iguchi doesn't believe that greenhouses are only for plants. That's why he created the Camouflage House, and although the structure provides shelter for people, the architect

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Links Roundup of the Week: Seating

Links Roundup of the Week: Seating

Summertime is fun, but can be tiring -- and all you need sometimes is to sit your tush down on some nice, comfy seating. And if you are like us, you want to be locating yourself on a nice bench

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Form Meets Function in Modular Concrete Home

Form Meets Function in Modular Concrete Home

Whether you think form follows function or function follows form, the Pentimento House proves that form and function can work gracefully together. An elegant and contemporary version of the

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Measuring Type Reveals the Most Eco-Friendly Fonts

Measuring Type Reveals the Most Eco-Friendly Fonts

By now you have probably heard that recycled paper and soy inks contribute to greener graphic design, but it turns out that in the realm of sustainability, all fonts are not equal. In their

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Links Roundup of the Week: Public Art

Links Roundup of the Week: Public Art

Image courtesy of Kenn Munk via flickr Now that we are spending more time outdoors, we thought we'd take a poke around the internet to see what interesting public art projects are taking

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Modern Swiss Prefab with a Tilting Wood Frame

Modern Swiss Prefab with a Tilting Wood Frame

Set against the rocky forms of the L’Ardévaz mountains, the Zufferey House both complements and contrasts its surroundings with a poised position that makes it appear like a rock teetering

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Artica: Natural Cooling, Ventilation and Heat Recovery System

Artica: Natural Cooling, Ventilation and Heat Recovery System

As the mercury rises, there is nothing better than retreating into a cool, air-conditioned room -- but between toxic coolant gases and energy use, what does a cooling system cost the

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Links Roundup of the Week: In Your Garden

Links Roundup of the Week: In Your Garden

It's about that time when we all start to think about getting away. However, getting away might not be an option for everyone this year, not to mention that traveling can be extremely bad for

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URBAN DESIGN: Making Public Places Forum Next Monday

URBAN DESIGN: Making Public Places Forum Next Monday

How does urban space become a public place? How does design impact a space's civic liveliness? On Monday, July 13, 2009, from 10 am to 1 pm, Diana Balmori and her NYC-based landscape and urban

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California Desert Home Uses Passive Ventilation Techniques

California Desert Home Uses Passive Ventilation Techniques

Building a home in the desert is certainly a test of green building innovation -- because in a climate where resources are limited, how do you build to ensure comfort and longevity? Architect

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Beautiful Solar Storage Barn Built From Raw Materials

Beautiful Solar Storage Barn Built From Raw Materials

Who says materials have to be scraped, buffed, and varnished to be beautiful? Recently, we spotted a beautiful storage barn that proves raw materials can make a breathtaking exterior. The

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Scrap Lab: Furniture Made of Industrial Scraps

Scrap Lab: Furniture Made of Industrial Scraps

Scrap Lab is a group of designers based out of Bangkok's Kasetsart University's Architecture program that creates fun and innovative furniture out discarded industrial scraps. The group makes an

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Links Roundup of the Week: Water

Links Roundup of the Week: Water

It officially became summer this week, and in anticipation of the heat we have talked about keeping cool, and why wind is important. This week we are thinking about water, because who can argue

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GREEN OFFICE 2015: Workplace of the Future

GREEN OFFICE 2015: Workplace of the Future

The Netherlands being the tiny country that it is, it's no surprise that we tend to look to them for innovative design for dense urban spaces. RAU Architects developed their Green Office 2015

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Swaying Tree-Shade Sculpture Mimics Real Pines by the Sea

Swaying Tree-Shade Sculpture Mimics Real Pines by the Sea

ARTEKS Arquitectura have created a gorgeous sculptural shade structure at a beachside park in La Pineda, Spain that mimics the shape of real nearby pine trees. The architects recognized the

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Links Roundup of the Week: Wind Energy

Links Roundup of the Week: Wind Energy

We've been reading here and there that research is beginning to show that wind speeds are slowing down due to climate change -- making wind-powered energy less promising. Some would simply call

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Contemporary Seattle Residence Uses Bright Green Fiber Cement

Contemporary Seattle Residence Uses Bright Green Fiber Cement

This brightly-colored home designed by Seattle-based Case Architects opened just a week ago, and was featured earlier on Jetson Green this week. The home's most notable characteristic is its use

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Louis Vuitton and FIT Team Up for Bike in Style Competition

Louis Vuitton and FIT Team Up for Bike in Style Competition

Are you a cyclist who bemoans the fact that comfortable biking clothing isn't stylish? NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy (LVMH) teamed up to present a

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Links Roundup of the Week: The High Line

Links Roundup of the Week: The High Line

The High Line opened this week!! The Inhabitat team was lucky enough to gather together to see it this week on Monday, and we loved it! It's green, it's public space -- and visitors feel like

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Links Roundup of the Week: Public Space

Links Roundup of the Week: Public Space

If you live in a city, you know that the apartments are tiny and there isn't a lot of green. That means you have to rely on the public, open spaces for a little breathing room. We <3 public

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PREFAB FRIDAY: “Box Office” Shipping Container Office

PREFAB FRIDAY: “Box Office” Shipping Container Office

Thinking inside of the box may become the newest trend for creative thinkers thanks to this new 12-unit office and studio building called the “Box Office.” Constructed of 32 shipping

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A Clearing in the Streets: NYC Spouts a Meadow Amid Concrete

A Clearing in the Streets: NYC Spouts a Meadow Amid Concrete

As the topic of urban restoration garners more attention, we have seen an increase in the investigation and experimentation relating to NYC's ecological past. NYC Wildflower Week demonstrated a

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GUERILLA GARDENING: Flowers Beautify Abandoned Flyer Box

GUERILLA GARDENING: Flowers Beautify Abandoned Flyer Box

Hoping to bring some color and cheer to the streets of Toronto, Canada, street artist, Posterchild, decided to become a guerrilla gardener by potting six perky marigolds in an abandoned flyer

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ECO ART: Plastic Bottle Installation in NYC

ECO ART: Plastic Bottle Installation in NYC

Sometimes it is hard to truly grasp how much waste we create as a society. That's why NYC-based graphic design agency, MSLK is creating an installation that is an in-your-face visual of the

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Links Roundup of the Week: Keeping Cool

Links Roundup of the Week: Keeping Cool

Whew! Summer is definitely just around the corner. We can feel the humidity intensifying with each day in New York City and we know it will only be a matter of time before the heat will really

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RESIDENCE: Eco-friendly Urban Home with “Eyelid” Roof

RESIDENCE: Eco-friendly Urban Home with “Eyelid” Roof

This eye-catching residence designed by Fiona Winzar Architects is both an interesting study in angles and in eco-friendly building techniques. The home's unusual feature is a roof extension

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PREFAB FRIDAY: resPOD from “Down Under”

PREFAB FRIDAY: resPOD from “Down Under”

It's wonderful to see the popularity of prefabricated architecture spreading everywhere, from urban metropolises to pastoral rural settings. resPOD, a conceptual prefab design by Matthew Grace

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New York’s High Line Sky Park to Open in June

New York’s High Line Sky Park to Open in June

New York City will soon be receiving a brand new stretch of green space as the once-abandoned High Line railway is renovated to become a lush public park. Designed to capture the majesty of both

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Window Farms: An experiment in urban agriculture

Window Farms: An experiment in urban agriculture

Gardening enthusiasts living in cities will certainly cheer for Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray’s Window Farms experiment. The artist-in-residence duo at Eyebeam have teamed up to develop a

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