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
FLOATING HERMITAGE

FLOATING HERMITAGE

At South Carolina's Clemson University, architecture students are looking out for their peers. Their recent project was to create a floating hermitage for the reflection pond in front of the

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LUMEN TREE

LUMEN TREE

Here is a good idea made just right. The Lumen Tree by Adam Frank is an oil lamp that projects the shadow of a tree onto your wall. The tree and the body of the lamp are made of acid-etched

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PREFAB TREE HOUSE

PREFAB TREE HOUSE

The pairing of prefab and tree houses is a brilliant combination. Sybarite obviously understands this. Their new conceptual project in the rural UK approaches modular design with the goal of

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PREFAB NOW

PREFAB NOW

We meant to announce this one earlier, but for those of you who haven't heard it elsewhere, Prefab Now is this weekend in LA. Hosted by Dwell Magazine and the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the event

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PUGH + SCARPA SOLAR HOMES

PUGH + SCARPA SOLAR HOMES

The Santa-Monica-based architecture firm, Pugh+Scarpa, has been integrating their environmental commitment into pristinely designed and constructed architecture since 1991. Among numerous

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LIVING HOMES

LIVING HOMES

Next up on the list of fabulous, environmentally-conscious prefab: Living Homes. With an immanent launch in Santa Monica, Living Homes is preparing to debut a structure that incorporates the key

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GALAPAGOS COFFEE TABLE

GALAPAGOS COFFEE TABLE

There's something unconditionally appealing about seeing greenery growing in unexpected places. Whether it's from concrete, rooftops or furniture, it's a decorative detail that adds vibrance and

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UNDERGROUND HOUSE

UNDERGROUND HOUSE

Faced with height restrictions when building his family home in London, architect Alex Michaelis decided to go underground. Observing a 6' limit, he created a light-filled, spacious home that

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FUTUREFACTORIES

FUTUREFACTORIES

At FutureFactories, inconsistency is of the essence. The question that drives the company’s concept is “If it costs the same to produce similar parts as identical ones, why produce

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PIE NATURAL FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES

PIE NATURAL FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES

A group of designers in Miami recently launched PIE, a company that designs and manufactures a diverse line of furnishings and accessories for the home. An acronym for Project Import Export, PIE

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Eco-Friendly Bamboo Designs by Todd Laby

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Designs by Todd Laby

Last week I attended the opening of the Bay Area Furniture Art exhibit at the Blue Room Gallery. One of the designers that stood out to my green-hunting eye was Todd Laby, whose company, Rhubarb

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SUSTAINABLE SOUTH BRONX

SUSTAINABLE SOUTH BRONX

New York City produces around 50,000 tons of waste every day. If you need a mental picture, imagine 25,000 SUV's. Now imagine all of them in a single heap in the South Bronx. Such is the reality

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GROUNDSCRAPER

GROUNDSCRAPER

While we're working to change the paradigm of urban planning and development, it is always helpful to consider the language we use to further our objectives. Feilden Clegg Bradley, an

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THE FIRST SIX CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFICATIONS

THE FIRST SIX CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFICATIONS

After publicizing their Cradle to Cradle Certification a few months ago, Mcdonough Braungart Design Chemistry has announced the first six products to receive their official stamp of approval.

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TOYOTA’S POLLUTION-EATING SHRUB

TOYOTA’S POLLUTION-EATING SHRUB

While we're on the subject of biotech, here's a bit of interesting news from Japan. Toyota's non-automotive division has developed a shrub related to the Cherry Sage that absorbs air pollution

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BIOPRESENCE: HUMAN DNA IN TREES

BIOPRESENCE: HUMAN DNA IN TREES

Genetic modification is a controversial subject. We've got corporations promising to reduce world hunger by introducing badly needed nutrients into staple food crops. The same companies sue

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CAMERON SINCLAIR TAKES A TED PRIZE

CAMERON SINCLAIR TAKES A TED PRIZE

We want to give a big shout-out to Cameron Sinclair, who has just been selected as one of three recipients for the 2006 TED prize, which honors individuals who are making a positive impact on

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PAD HOUSE

PAD HOUSE

Infatuation has given way to obsession. I need to make my prefab favorites list modular so that I can rearrange it to accomodate new arrivals, like the Pad House, which is nearing its official

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JEFF SODERBERGH

JEFF SODERBERGH

Jeff Soderbergh's furniture collection is like a well-designed time capsule, filled with stories of the previous incarnations of table tops and chair legs. His studio, Re-flect Architectural

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PLANTIC

PLANTIC

We are beginning to see more prominent use of biodegradable disposable food packaging, particularly at green-oriented festivals and natural groceries. But most junk (I mean “snack”)

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OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK

OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK

This weekend is the long-awaited Openhouse New York, an annual city-wide event showcasing some of the gems of New York's built environment. In all five boroughs, buildings old and new will be

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LOVE SHACK

LOVE SHACK

I love the Love Shack. I found this treasure of a design while exploring Smartshax, an Australian company that designs lightweight, prefab timber huts for remote areas and vacation spots.

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SOUL ASH SOLACE

SOUL ASH SOLACE

Back in July, we wrote about the Bios Urn, a container for cremation ashes which biodegrades over time, distributing seedlings into the earth and sprouting trees in memory of the deceased.

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JGOOD DESIGN HELIOS PENDANT LAMP

JGOOD DESIGN HELIOS PENDANT LAMP

When I think of blown glass, I get a mental picture of those ubiquitous gift shops in quaint tourist towns which, in spite of their varying backdrops, are largely the same. But every once in a

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MODERN MARINE HOMES

MODERN MARINE HOMES

As you may have noticed, we've stumbled into a theme here. This is another European home company focusing on bringing modern habitation to the water. Based in Sweden, Modern Marine Homes

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WATERSTUDIO’S AMPHIBIOUS HOUSES

WATERSTUDIO’S AMPHIBIOUS HOUSES

Leave it to the Dutch to come up with "amphibious houses" - a concept that makes sense in a landscape where solid ground is yearly sinking. Residents and planners are looking into the future

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FLOATING HOMES

FLOATING HOMES

Living on the water is little more than a pipe dream for most of us, even close to the coast. Among other more prohibitive factors, many waterborne accomodations are old, rundown houseboats with

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SUNSET IDEA HOUSES

SUNSET IDEA HOUSES

Sunset's 2005 Idea House event features two side-by-side "zero energy" demonstration homes that show how much can be done with green as the guideline. The homes open this Friday, October 7,

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ECO-FRIENDLY “AIR SUIT”

ECO-FRIENDLY “AIR SUIT”

I seem to have stumbled upon a theme this week: bringing industrial technology to traditional Eastern design aesthetics. Kazuhide Doi, a Japanese architect, won a Bronze award from the Holcim

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THE NEW CARPETBAGGERS

THE NEW CARPETBAGGERS

In general, I have a strong aversion to carpet. I've always felt that wood floors are fundamental to a beautiful interior. But if you must have carpet, Interface has inarguably become the brand

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