Sarah Rich

 

Sarah Rich is a writer and editor working where sustainability intersects with design, architecture, art, food, urbanism, branding and consumer culture. She is an editor at Dwell magazine and the editor of Dwell Digital. Previously Sarah was the managing editor of Worldchanging and co-authored the book by the same name. She launched and edited the Slow Food Nation blog in 2008 and co-founded the site that emerged from that event, CivilEats.com. She lives in San Francisco.

Sarah Rich
PREFAB FRIDAY: Prefabmod

PREFAB FRIDAY: Prefabmod

In a world full of deceptive marketing and ambiguous ad campaigns, it's refreshing to get a straight story; which is why today's prefab pick has such obvious appeal. Prefabmod is exactly what it

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LAZY E INTERVIEWS INHABITAT

LAZY E INTERVIEWS INHABITAT

A couple of weeks ago, Jill was interviewed about Inhabitat for the Lazy Environmentalist radio show, "Green Goes Mainstream," which aired on LIME Radio. Along with Mark Spellun of Plenty

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OF McMANSIONS AND SHANTYTOWNS

OF McMANSIONS AND SHANTYTOWNS

If you've ever driven south from San Diego and crossed into Mexico, you know that the border marks a distinct line between two dramatically contrasting cityscapes, with a surprisingly short

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PLI FURNITURE FROM BANGDESIGN

PLI FURNITURE FROM BANGDESIGN

There are two problems with talking about office chairs: 1.) they're boring and 2.) Herman Miller's already got them dialed. But every once in a while, an office furniture company comes along

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FARMADELPHIA

FARMADELPHIA

Farmadeliphication (fahr'muh'deli'fi'kay'shun), n. 1. The process of turning all of Philadelphia's vacant and abandoned lots into urban farms: The 'Farmadeliphication' of once decrepit buildings

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Icelandic Prefab Update

PREFAB FRIDAY: Icelandic Prefab Update

Some time ago, we wrote about Icelandic design firm Glama-Kim's prefab Summerhouse. A few days ago, I got a nice email from architect Olafur Mathiesen with an update on their work, including

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PREFAB FRIDAY: kitHAUS

PREFAB FRIDAY: kitHAUS

If prefab styles can be categorized geographically, the kitHAUS is truly Southern Californian. Its luminous and airy interior, lightweight exterior, vibrant wood paneling and soaring windows

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FIDO LUGGAGE

FIDO LUGGAGE

Dragging your luggage around the airport is, well, a drag. You've probably imagined almost every scenario possible for making life easier when traveling. Almost - because you definitely haven't

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Place Homes

PREFAB FRIDAY: Place Homes

While prefabrication lends itself to making the simplest of homes, some designers have been getting mighty fancy with their prefabs lately. We don't mind the bells and whistles, but as the

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MIRROR WEATHER STATION

MIRROR WEATHER STATION

For whatever reason, the more features a gadget has, the more people want it, even if all but one of those features are useless. Which isn't to say we don't all need a mirror that also has a

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ANDREW MAYNARD’S ACTIVIST ARCHITECTURE

ANDREW MAYNARD’S ACTIVIST ARCHITECTURE

Abandon your preconceptions of the architect as a quiet, bespeckled intellectual who cares more about sharp Italian suits and clean concrete lines than about saving trees. Here comes a new

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CATCH JILL ON THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST

CATCH JILL ON THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST

Best known as the founder and CEO of Vivavi, Josh Dorfman also wears the hat of a radio host with his show, The Lazy Environmentalist, where he regularly features some of our favorite cohorts

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BAUMRAUM TREEHOUSES

BAUMRAUM TREEHOUSES

When designing a treehouse, it's almost always a good idea to add a little childhood nostalgia and rustic charm to the mix, even if the end result has modern leanings. We've talked about

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

We've talked a few times about urban bioremediation projects, in which trees and plants are used as tools to clean contaminated land. This kind of renewal not only spares the use of invasive

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FLOATING MOBILE HOME

FLOATING MOBILE HOME

We've talked about mobile homes and we've talked about floating homes, and now a conceptual convergence brings us a floating mobile home. Designer Hallstein Guthu calls his concept a "mobile

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WHILE THE LIGHT’S STILL GREEN

WHILE THE LIGHT’S STILL GREEN

We're feeling extremely fortunate this week to have Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG and Archinect providing another illuminating guest post. Thanks Geoff! There have been some extraordinary claims

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PREFAB FRIDAY: miniHome

PREFAB FRIDAY: miniHome

We've waited a long time to talk about this little eco-friendly gem, and now we're glad we did, because the Sustain Design Studio team has recently added many fantastic images to their website.

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GRASSLAND

GRASSLAND

It's no secret that we love green roofs, green tables, green sinks - we even love green parking spaces! Of course, we know we're not alone, but until now, we'd never found anyone who had

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STEW DESIGN WORKSHOP’S MUON LAMP

STEW DESIGN WORKSHOP’S MUON LAMP

Everyone likes an element of surprise: a twist at the end of a movie, a photo inside a locket, a jelly donut...this is why the unsuspecting block of plywood that is Stew Design Workshop's Muon

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LIGHT POLLUTION – and the RETURN OF NIGHT

LIGHT POLLUTION – and the RETURN OF NIGHT

We are honored and delighted to have one of our favorite bloggers, Geoff Manaugh of the inimitable BLDGBLOG providing a guest post today for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! And if you aren't

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GARBAGE SCOUT

GARBAGE SCOUT

Dumpster divers and bargain hunters rejoice! Technology has come to save you time (and grime). A very recent gift of the Google Map Mashup comes in the form of GarbageScout, an interactive

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BETTER WALL: Recycling Art Posters

BETTER WALL: Recycling Art Posters

In almost any cosmopolitan city in the world, you can look up at the tops of street lights and telephone polls to sneak a peak at what's happening inside the great museums of the region. Vinyl

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CO-LAB’S Post-Consumer Prototypes

CO-LAB’S Post-Consumer Prototypes

Earlier today we gave you the low-down on Co-Lab Studio, the "integrated sustainable design" crew out of Detroit. In addition to their community-focused environmental design and garden projects,

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CO-LAB STUDIO: Integrated Sustainable Design

CO-LAB STUDIO: Integrated Sustainable Design

Since the auto market headed off overseas, some parts of the Motor City could use a little tune-up. Fortunately, there are innovators like Co-Lab Studio, whose urban renewal projects promise to

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BEN FRANKLIN COFFEEHOUSE CHALLENGE

BEN FRANKLIN COFFEEHOUSE CHALLENGE

Now here's an example of using the might of a corporate behemoth for good. The Ben Franklin Coffeehouse Challenge calls on community members to get together and brainstorm ideas for neighborhood

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VESTAL DESIGN’S CONVERTIBLE KITCHENETTE

VESTAL DESIGN’S CONVERTIBLE KITCHENETTE

We can't say enough about the benefits of a compact living space. It's an instant clutter eliminator, a life-size jigsaw puzzle, and a laboratory for experiments in feng shui. But the best thing

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KIREI MOD COFFEE TABLE

KIREI MOD COFFEE TABLE

By now you may have heard of Kirei, the eco-friendly fiber board that comes from the discarded remains of sorghum stalks after harvesting. Generally used as a finishing material, Kirei functions

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STUDIO LEUNG FLASH DRIVES

STUDIO LEUNG FLASH DRIVES

The ubiquitous USB flash drive has never been particularly prized for sexy design. Sure, there are plenty of novelty flash drives - (devil rubber duckies anyone?) - and corporate-branded schwag,

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PREFAB FRIDAYS: The Clever MINI Home

PREFAB FRIDAYS: The Clever MINI Home

They say that good things come in small packages, and where the new MINI home is concerned, we concur. The compact 480-sq-ft design from Clever Homes makes minimalist living efficient and

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HOW TO: Turn a Parking Space into a PARK

HOW TO: Turn a Parking Space into a PARK

You may have seen this blogging around recently, since the indomitable Rebar collective staged a brilliant urban intervention in San Francisco last month by rolling out some sod and building a

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