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
EGGLING: Grow Your Own Herbs!

EGGLING: Grow Your Own Herbs!

The adjective cute doesn't usually cross our minds when it comes to kitchen gardening -- but that certainly changed when we saw these egg-shaped containers sprouting green leafy specimens.

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Inhabitat Links of the Week

Inhabitat Links of the Week

We support good (and green!) design because we believe that it changes people's lives for the better. We usually focus a large portion of our attention on the products and efforts made by

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An Urban Oasis for Rijeka, Croatia

An Urban Oasis for Rijeka, Croatia

Located in Rijeka, Croatia, this urban design incorporates public indoor and outdoor spaces into a modern example of a multi-functional city center. Designed by architecture team 3LHD, the

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Perch! Bird-Friendly Design for the Modern Home

Perch! Bird-Friendly Design for the Modern Home

Chirp chirp! Tweet tweet! As the weather warms up, the birds are coming out to play, and what better way to celebrate than with some stylish modern bird-friendly designs for homes and gardens.

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Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Spring is almost here! That means goodbye cold weather and short days and heeeeello sunshine! We aren't quite there yet though which means there is still time for spring cleaning! We recommend a

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Casa 100K by MarioCucinella Architects

PREFAB FRIDAY: Casa 100K by MarioCucinella Architects

This clustered, multi-unit building is both literally and metaphorically green. Constructed with prefabricated modules that come in various hues of green, the building and each housing unit

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Brazil Promotes Sustainability with São Paulo Eco-Park

Brazil Promotes Sustainability with São Paulo Eco-Park

Anna Dietzsch, Managing Director of Davis Brody Bond Aedas' São Paulo office and Levisky Arquitetos Associados designed this beautiful eco-park on what was once a contaminated brownfield in

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Eco Olive Oil Factory by Guillermo Hevia Architects

Eco Olive Oil Factory by Guillermo Hevia Architects

When considering the design of factories, you might expect aesthetic appeal to be the least of the builder's concerns. Olisur Olive Oil proves that this is certainly not always the case. The

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Lina Rennell Vegan Sustainable Style

Lina Rennell Vegan Sustainable Style

As a California native currently living in a concrete jungle, I often miss the wind 'n surf culture I traded in for the cosmopolitan mindset of New York City. Northern-California based designer,

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ECO ART: Toilet Paper Roll Cut-Outs

ECO ART: Toilet Paper Roll Cut-Outs

Yuken Teryua's work proves that discarded everyday objects can be re-invented into something elegant and beautiful. The Japanese artist crafts toilet paper rolls with a level of detail so that

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Greener Gadgets Buzz (Part 2) From Around the Web

Greener Gadgets Buzz (Part 2) From Around the Web

A week has passed since the Greener Gadgets conference, and we are happy to see that bits of discussion on how to develop cleaner and greener consumer electronics and energy production are still

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Greener Gadgets Buzz From Around the Web

Greener Gadgets Buzz From Around the Web

The Greener Gadgets Conference made for an exciting end to the week yesterday, and as you know, Inhabitat live-blogged the whole thing HERE >. The conference was a chance for gadget geeks and

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Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Ugh, for those of us that are single, even if fabulously so. But who says that we don't also deserve an extra dose of lovin'? Which is why this week, we want to show

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Great Green Gift Ideas for Valentines Day!

Great Green Gift Ideas for Valentines Day!

Valentine's Day is a sweet time for couples, but is often associated with the more negative elements of luxury and consumerism. Between cut flowers and irresponsibly-mined diamonds, the

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Sustainable Skivvies For A Greener Valentines

Sustainable Skivvies For A Greener Valentines

Being sexy and sustainable go hand-in-hand, since there's nothing sexier than someone who cares for the environment. So when it comes to choosing the garments closest to our body, it wouldn't be

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Inhabitat News Roundup of the Week

Inhabitat News Roundup of the Week

This week's news roundup is all about food! We all know that the quality of the food we put in our bodies has a huge impact on how we feel each and every day. But it turns out that what and how

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Inhabitat Tees On Sale Now!

Inhabitat Tees On Sale Now!

Do you love reading Inhabitat? Do you want everyone you know just how much you love us? Or are you just looking for some cute eco fashion that won't break the bank? Well, we have the solution

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: H&M Organic Spring ’09 Collection

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: H&M Organic Spring ’09 Collection

Supporting sustainable style on a budget can be difficult, which is why we love that H&M started producing organic cotton collections for men, women, and kids a few seasons back. And the

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Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

The media has always served as a shaper of opinions, and with technology taking a bigger role in our lives today, online resources -- such as blogging -- have made social media more popular and

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Noon Solar Bags 25% Off in the Inhabitat Shop!

Noon Solar Bags 25% Off in the Inhabitat Shop!

Attention all eco-fashionistas and lovers of great green design! The Inhabitat Shop Winter Sale is still in effect, which means that there's still time to pick up a chic energy-generating Noon

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VEJA Eco Sneakers 50% off in the Inhabitat Shop!

VEJA Eco Sneakers 50% off in the Inhabitat Shop!

Veja's hip, simple eco-chic sneakers stand out from the crowd of bright colors and over-the-top-styles of modern sneakerland. If your minimalist heart desires a simple, clean, back-to-basics

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Diseno Cartonero: Recycled Cardboard Eco-Furniture

Diseno Cartonero: Recycled Cardboard Eco-Furniture

From incredible corrugated sculptures to eco-friendly furniture, we're constantly amazed by inspired new uses for cardboard. The rather ubiquitous brown material has proven itself time and time

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Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

We believe in the ability of design to impact change and encourage people to make this world greener, but we also understand that change is achieved through a society working together. So this

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Cottage in a Day

PREFAB FRIDAY: Cottage in a Day

With a name like Cottage in a Day, it is easy to imagine relaxing in a serene, forested setting. And these factory-built homes designed by architect Michael Fitzhugh certainly seem to fit that

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Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Here at Inhabitat, we don’t see a discrepancy between living a good life and being green. We might even venture to say that the “end of luxury” is a challenge for us to

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ECOIST Handbags Made From Recycled Trash

ECOIST Handbags Made From Recycled Trash

Talk about trash to treasure! Where the rest of us saw a candy wrapper, Ecoist founders Helen and Jonathan Marcoschamer saw a material that could be re-used to create unique handbags. And they

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ECO ACTIVISM: Toxic TV Zombies at the CES 2009

ECO ACTIVISM: Toxic TV Zombies at the CES 2009

This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showcases a range of consumer products that highlights technological innovation, but provides less insight into eco-friendly consumerism of

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Mika Machida Animal-Inspired Fashion

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Mika Machida Animal-Inspired Fashion

Flamingo Dress - $198 at the Inhabitat Shop Using beautiful animal illustrations and sustainable textiles, Mika Machida's eco-friendly fashions show that you don't need to wear fur or skins

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Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

The new year is the perfect time to reflect on some of the crazy and exciting accomplishments of the past year-- and to think about the future. As you might have noticed this past week, we've

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THE HOMIES: Vote for Inhabitat

THE HOMIES: Vote for Inhabitat

Do you love us, Inhabitat readers? If so, please lend a hand and vote for us for a Homie award > Re-nest, Apartment Therapy's green home design blog, is hosting their very own reader

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