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
Link Roundup of the Week: NY Design Week and ICFF

Link Roundup of the Week: NY Design Week and ICFF

We are all still recovering from NY Design Week, but we admit, it is a good sort of exhaustion. With parties in Soho and exhibition hopping in the Meatpacking District, we can fairly say that

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Auto-Cannibalistic Table Decomposes as Plants Grow

Auto-Cannibalistic Table Decomposes as Plants Grow

For the sake of sustainability, we normally hope that our furniture will last a long time in an effort to conserve resources and energy. Ate Atema of Atema Architecture, however, ponders whether

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Links Roundup of the Week: Graduation

Links Roundup of the Week: Graduation

In the midst of a crazy week of exciting design exhibitions, events, and parties, we realized that thousands of students are on the verge of graduation. We truly believe that students provide us

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MODULAR ARCHITECTURE: Pratt Artists-in-Residence

MODULAR ARCHITECTURE: Pratt Artists-in-Residence

Modular and prefabricated building techniques conserve many resources and have a much lighter impact on the environment than traditional construction practices, but we often see that they are

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Cracked Concrete Garden Springs up to Claim ASLA Award

Cracked Concrete Garden Springs up to Claim ASLA Award

Think you need an open plot of land with plenty of soil in order to cultivate a garden? Think again. CMG Landscape Architecture's Cracked Concrete Garden proves that many plants have a way of

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Balancing Buoy Chair by Evan Dewhirst

Balancing Buoy Chair by Evan Dewhirst

This year the Pratt booth at Bklyn Designs showcased an impressive body of creative work by students, making it clear that the budding designers view sustainability as integral to the

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Links Roundup of the Week: We <3 NYC

Links Roundup of the Week: We <3 NYC

As designers and thinkers gather at this week's BKLYN Designs and next week's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, we are reminded that cities, especially New York City, are a place of

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RESIDENCE: Passive Solar “Cascade House”

RESIDENCE: Passive Solar “Cascade House”

Having moved from Arizona to Toronto, the owners of this modern home looked to Toronto-based architects Paul Raff Studio to create a passive solar design that would maximize daylighting for a

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Links Roundup of the Week: Going Mainstream

Links Roundup of the Week: Going Mainstream

Throughout April, we have been covering a number of design events and trends that seem to increasingly capture the public's attention. We like that being green doesn't mean being crunchy.

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ALIVE STRUCTURES: Greening NYC Rooftops

ALIVE STRUCTURES: Greening NYC Rooftops

While most people might see New York City as a densely developed, built-up city with little space for greenery, Brooklyn-based Alive Structures sees the opportunity to make open green space --

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IRON DESIGNER: THE WINNERS!

IRON DESIGNER: THE WINNERS!

This past Thursday, April 23,  four teams made up of third-year Master's of Architecture students from Columbia GSAPP, Parsons The New School, Pratt Institute, and City College of New York

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RENOVATION: A Home Built Around 3 Trees

RENOVATION: A Home Built Around 3 Trees

Trees are often the victim of building construction, so we were excited when Jeremy Levine shared his design for a Eagle Rock renovation and addition -- built around three existing trees -- in

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Iron Designer Eco-Design Competition Tonight!

Iron Designer Eco-Design Competition Tonight!

Designers get ready to rumble! Iron Designer is taking place tonight at 7 pm in Raumlabor's Spacebuster pavilion (pictured above) at Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Hosted by Studio-X

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Loyale Spring 2009

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Loyale Spring 2009

It's no secret that we here at Inhabitat love breezy eco-fashion label Loyale. And as we introduce the Loyale Spring 2009 collection, we are also happy to report that designer Jenny Hwa,

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Link Roundup of the Week: Local Activism

Link Roundup of the Week: Local Activism

Earth Day (April 22) is rapidly approaching and while we know that living an eco-conscious lifestyle should be a a daily habit and not a once-a-year exercise, we are thrilled by the eco-minded

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RESIDENCE: A House with A Tree Tattoo

RESIDENCE: A House with A Tree Tattoo

Most of the time, when we want to limit the amount or intensity of light as it streams into our homes, we install blinds or hang curtains. Not so with this house extension in Victoria, Australia

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Tanzanian Hotel Inspired by Rock Formations

Tanzanian Hotel Inspired by Rock Formations

Not many people would be envious of you if you were living in a cave -- but they might be a little envious if you stayed in this hotel, located in Tanzania and designed by WOW Architects. The

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Putting Lot: Design an Urban Golf Course in Brooklyn!

Putting Lot: Design an Urban Golf Course in Brooklyn!

Unused and empty land can provide the perfect canvas for creative minds. That's why we were excited to hear that throughout the summer of 2009, a temporary nine-hole golf course will occupy a

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EASTER STYLE: Bunny-Inspired Jewelry

EASTER STYLE: Bunny-Inspired Jewelry

Clockwise from left: Bunny stud earrings $20, Bunny necklace $40, Bunny circle earrings $45 Understated and quite adorable, this recycled bunny jewelry from Figs & Ginger is perfect for

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Inhabitat Weekly Link Roundup: Greenery!

Inhabitat Weekly Link Roundup: Greenery!

It's spring and it seems that everyone has caught the gardening bug. We certainly have -- check out our own guide to urban gardening here. We support the creation of green space everywhere, big

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PREFAB HYBRID: Wedge Home By Studio B Architects

PREFAB HYBRID: Wedge Home By Studio B Architects

Not everyone wants to live in a shipping container for the sake of eco-efficiency. That's why homes such as this half-prefab, half-custom -- or prefab hybrid, if you will -- might just be the

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Synagogue Turned East Village Penthouse

Synagogue Turned East Village Penthouse

Photo courtesy of Michael Falco Living in New York City requires that your home be your sanctuary. There are numerous paths to this destination, but one lucky couple, Dominique Camacho and

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Inhabitat Weekly Link Roundup: The Giving Tree

Inhabitat Weekly Link Roundup: The Giving Tree

As a child, Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree was a somber reminder of how much trees give us and how little we give back. Wood and paper are ubituquos materials in our society-- but they can

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Sustainable Style SALE: Eco-Chic PJUX Heels 50% Off!

Sustainable Style SALE: Eco-Chic PJUX Heels 50% Off!

It's spring -- and not a moment too soon! It's finally time to break out those cute heels and girly girly shoes that have been in storage all winter. If you are looking to add something sexy

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EARTH HOUR 2009 IS TONIGHT!!

EARTH HOUR 2009 IS TONIGHT!!

Calling all people who care about the environment! Earth Hour 2009 is tonight -- and we are asking everyone to show solidarity and cast a vote for the earth by simply turning off their lights at

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Weekly Link Roundup: EARTH HOUR 2009

Weekly Link Roundup: EARTH HOUR 2009

On March 28, 2009 at 8:30 P.M., cities all over the world will be turning off their power to raise awareness about climate change for Earth Hour 2009. Blogs and newspapers alike have been

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Fibonacci-Inspired British National Wildflower Center

Fibonacci-Inspired British National Wildflower Center

You might not intuitively associate wildflowers with mathematics, but as Ian Simpson Architects proves, the relationship between the two can inspire beautiful architecture. The architecture firm

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The Flowing Gardens of the World Horticultural Expo

The Flowing Gardens of the World Horticultural Expo

From the manicured forms of French estates to the sculptural gestures of Japanese gardens, the adjectives we use to describe a garden are often subject to the characteristics of the plants (or

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TEN Arquitectos NYC Tower Has Stepped Green-Roof!

TEN Arquitectos NYC Tower Has Stepped Green-Roof!

New York City's urban grid is dense, so when new developments pop up, we root for intelligent and environmentally-positive design that balances out the concrete with a little bit of greenery.

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Target Partners With Loomstate for Spring!

Target Partners With Loomstate for Spring!

For those of us who say we would buy more eco-friendly if only the prices were a bit more affordable -- well, here's our chance! Loomstate, a casual clothing brand that has been creating eco

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