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
Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Opinions seem to be flying this holiday season as we reflect on a year that was both exciting and tumultuous. So this week, we've collected some thought-provoking reading that is sure to stir

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GREEN GINGERBREAD HOUSE: The Inhabitat Alpine Cabin

GREEN GINGERBREAD HOUSE: The Inhabitat Alpine Cabin

Up here in New York, we're sloshing our way through a semi-white and wet holiday season, but we love the wintery imagery conjured up by Inhabitat contributing writer Bridgette Steffen's alpine

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Her

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Her

Eco-savvy ladies should be able to enjoy the finer things in life without having to compromise their environmental ethics. There are plenty of places out there to find glamorous green gifts for

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Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

With so much sustainable design goodness out there on the world wide interwebs, and so little time to find it all, we thought we would share some of our favorite stories of the week. From

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PREFAB FRIDAY: ‘Puma City’ Shipping Container Store

PREFAB FRIDAY: ‘Puma City’ Shipping Container Store

Refurbished shipping containers aren't just useful for clever economical housing anymore. Like London subway car architecure and the Greentainer Design Project, this design concept makes public

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MVVA Designs Hudson Park and Boulevard

MVVA Designs Hudson Park and Boulevard

Earlier this year Related Companies sealed the deal on New York's Hudson Yards development, and we're excited to announce that the competition to design Hudson Park and Boulevard is now coming

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Green Gadgets

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Green Gadgets

Every year we're excited to see more and more exciting innovations in the clean tech industry, and happily many of these advancements are finally trickling down to greener consumer gadgets. From

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BAKE FOR A CHANGE 2008: Gingerbread House Competition

BAKE FOR A CHANGE 2008: Gingerbread House Competition

'Tis the season for gum drops and frosting, which is why we are happy to announce the Bake For A Change Gingerbread House Competition. Challenging participants to concoct the eco-friendliest

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: She-bible’s Eco Basics

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: She-bible’s Eco Basics

As the holidays approach, we could all use a little help picking out the items that won't get thrown into the back of the closet. And She-bible clothing, currently sold in the new Inhabitat

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Her

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Her

Eco-savvy ladies should be able to enjoy the finer things in life without having to compromise their environmental ethics. There are plenty of places out there to find glamorous green gifts for

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ECO ART ACTIVISM: Swimming Above a Submerged City

ECO ART ACTIVISM: Swimming Above a Submerged City

Talk about subliminal advertising. HSBC Bank hired advertising agency Oglivy & Mather in Mumbai to create a campaign for their website, www.globalwarmingsolutions.co.in, designed to call the

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Harvard’s Green Graduate Student Residence

Harvard’s Green Graduate Student Residence

Students are not always known for their green-mindedness. Facing habitual late nights and juggling multiple deadlines, it can be hard balance an eco lifestyle with a studious one. Fortunately,

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Izzy Lane’s Ethical Knitwear

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Izzy Lane’s Ethical Knitwear

There is something idyllic and old-worldish about Isobel Davies' collection of knitwear. Which seems fitting considering its beginnings. Several years ago, Davies discovered two harsh realities

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ART EXHIBITION: Degrees of Remove, Landscape and Affect

ART EXHIBITION: Degrees of Remove, Landscape and Affect

Landscape is a term that has possessed a variety of related definitions in the past. At Sculpture Center’s group exhibition, Degrees of Remove: Landscape and Affect, landscape is "as an

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Loyale Fall 2008 Collection

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Loyale Fall 2008 Collection

We have written before about Jenny Hwa's work in eco fashion, both on her eco chic clothing collections as well as her recent work in home goods. Her new fall collection is inspired by

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Bamboo-Veiled Dormitory by Architecture BRIO

Bamboo-Veiled Dormitory by Architecture BRIO

On a slope near the village of Karjat, India, a team of architects have begun to envision a modern, 3-story building that will peer out into the valley through a veil of bamboo poles. Designed

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Emerald Plaza by Emergent Architecture

Emerald Plaza by Emergent Architecture

Public space is essential in any urban environment, but drawing people out can be difficult when the weather makes the outdoors uncomfortable. The Emerald Plaza in Abu Dhabi by Los Angeles-based

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Innovative Desert Architecture from Binary Design Studio

Innovative Desert Architecture from Binary Design Studio

Desert living has long been characterized as a lifestyle that requires considerable intervention to be sustainable. Still, at least one team of architects and designers believes that the secret

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Quyen Do Eco Friendly Bags

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Quyen Do Eco Friendly Bags

For some, to be inspired by the patterns and forms that exist in nature lends itself to a desire to conserve nature's resources. Australian-based textile and fashion designer Quyen Do is one

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Architecture for Longer Life: Bioscleave “Fun” House

Architecture for Longer Life: Bioscleave “Fun” House

What makes architecture engaging? And what purpose does engaging architecture serve? Artists Arakawa and Madeline Gins answer both of these questions with their Bioscleave House, an indoor

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Affordable and still Green: Sandbag Houses by MMA Architects

Affordable and still Green: Sandbag Houses by MMA Architects

On Fridays, we feature homes that we feel are environmentally responsible, but as one might suspect, architecture can also be good for the soul. MMA Architects recently completed a home built

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The New LEED Certified Brooklyn Children’s Museum

The New LEED Certified Brooklyn Children’s Museum

A vibrant swath of yellow amid the brownstones of Crown Heights, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum re-opened on September 20 after its completed expansion. Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects,

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Recycled Shipping Container Harbinger House

PREFAB FRIDAY: Recycled Shipping Container Harbinger House

Recycled shipping containers are becoming more and more popular as a viable sustainable building material, and this year's West Coast Green show house highlights this growing trend. The showroom

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Peter Gibson’s Street Art Critiques Car Culture

Peter Gibson’s Street Art Critiques Car Culture

Graffiti meets environmental and social activism in Peter Gibson (a.k.a. Roadsworth)'s literal take on street art. Frustrated with the lack of safety provided for cyclists in today's cities, the

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Crackery Crockery: Joana Meroz’ Revitalized Tableware

Crackery Crockery: Joana Meroz’ Revitalized Tableware

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure when it comes to Joana Meroz’s beautiful service tableware. Beginning with cracked porcelain ware, the Brazilian/Israeli designer fills each crack

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Park(ing) Day is TODAY!

Park(ing) Day is TODAY!

New parks will be popping up all over the country today, thanks to Park(ing) Day, an annual event that turns paved parking spaces into temporary green gardens. The event was started in 2005 by

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Self-Sustainable Chair: Dress inflates into a chair for your butt

Self-Sustainable Chair: Dress inflates into a chair for your butt

Ever come across one of those ideas that is so brilliant and crazy - it makes you wonder why no one has done it before? Artist and interactive designer, JooYoun Paek takes the cake on that

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Oxford Unveils Next-Gen Underwater Turbines

Oxford Unveils Next-Gen Underwater Turbines

Underwater turbines that harvest tidal currents have already become an established technology in the world of clean energy. So in order to push the frontier further, a group of engineers at

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SOLAR TREE by Vivien Muller

SOLAR TREE by Vivien Muller

Photovoltaic gadgets often get trapped in the monotonous façade of plain panels, which often leave something to be desired in the aesthetics department. Not so with Vivien Muller's sleek

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NSW Winner: Bligh Voller Nield’s Sustainable Stockland HQ

NSW Winner: Bligh Voller Nield’s Sustainable Stockland HQ

Some of the most interesting examples of green innovation are those that transform the environmentally unkind into a beacon of eco-friendly sophistication. Such was the challenge dealt to Bligh

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