Yuka Yoneda

 

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can "make it" here, you can "make it" anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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SolTech’s Gorgeous Glass Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Gorgeous Glass Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

Alternative energy is known to be a lot of things - cutting edge, earth-friendly and forward thinking - but sadly looking pretty isn't one of them. Well SolTech is changing all that with their

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Make Your Own DIY Green Gifts This Holiday Season!

Make Your Own DIY Green Gifts This Holiday Season!

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How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

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10 Great Gifts That Help Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

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Leafy Green “Vine Line” Could Beautify NYC Highway with Vertical Gardens and Waterfalls

Architect and New Yorker Laurence Tamaccio has come up with an interesting solution to beautify the unsightly stretch of the West Side Highway that spans his neighborhood - blanketing it in a

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16 Inspiring Green Gifts for Girls

16 Inspiring Green Gifts for Girls

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16 Fun-Filled Green Gifts for Tots

16 Fun-Filled Green Gifts for Tots

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Solar Impulse Team to Attempt First Ever Solar-Powered Cross-U.S.A Flight in History

Solar Impulse Team to Attempt First Ever Solar-Powered Cross-U.S.A Flight in History

Flights across the U.S. have become quite commonplace since Calbraith Perry Rodgers completed the first one ever back in 1911, but now a new group of aviation pioneers wants to attempt the same

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20 Gorgeous Green Holiday Gifts She’ll Love

20 Gorgeous Green Holiday Gifts She’ll Love

Baffled about what to get for the special lady in your life this holiday? Whether you're shopping for your girlfriend, wife, mom, sis, friend or grannie, our Green Gifts for Her guide has

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12 Heirloom Gifts They Will Cherish Forever

12 Heirloom Gifts They Will Cherish Forever

We've been bringing you the best green gifts all week but it's important to point out that an object doesn't have to be biodegradable or made from recycled materials to be sustainable. The most

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16 Green Gifts Under $50

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from Inhabitat!

Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from Inhabitat!

Photo from Shutterstock Happy Thanksgiving Inhabitants! 2012 was filled with many hardships, but it was also marked with milestones in innovation and breakthroughs in thinking that make us

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Hurricane Sandy Victims in Rockaways Could Remain Powerless Until Mid-December

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DIY: How to Make an Enchanting Terrarium Necklace to Keep or Give as a Gift!

DIY: How to Make an Enchanting Terrarium Necklace to Keep or Give as a Gift!

If you're looking for a beguiling homemade gift that will enchant your favorite plantophiles, look no further than this darling DIY terrarium necklace! You'll be surprised at how easy it is to

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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed House and Heart-Shaped Private Island Are on Sale in NY

We've written about both private islands and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes before but here's one fantasy property that combines the two! The Massaro House, which was designed by the master

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DIY: How to Make Touchscreen Compatible Texting Gloves for iPhone or Droid

DIY: How to Make Touchscreen Compatible Texting Gloves for iPhone or Droid

When the weather outside is frightful, the last thing you want to do is pry your fingers from the warmth of your gloves just so you can text or check some emails. Luckily, with our easy texting

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Product Review: The Nubagg Lets You Reuse Your Plastic Bags As a Garbage Can

Product Review: The Nubagg Lets You Reuse Your Plastic Bags As a Garbage Can

Garbage cans belong to that group of mundane household items that have been around for so long that it seems there really isn't much that can be done to improve on their design. Or so we

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Rolling Sunlight is a Solar-Powered Energy Station Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways

Rolling Sunlight is a Solar-Powered Energy Station Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways

"Now folks! THIS is what it means to be an American Citizen! INNOVATION!" commented reader Richard H. Parker Jr. on our Facebook post about this solar-power truck that's been providing power to

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Airbnb is Offering Free Housing for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Airbnb is Offering Free Housing for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

New Yorkers have been opening their homes to one another all week in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and online accommodations marketplace Airbnb announced a way

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Iwan Baan Shares How He Shot That Amazing Half-Dark New York City Aerial Photo

Iwan Baan Shares How He Shot That Amazing Half-Dark New York City Aerial Photo

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It’s Snowing in NY: Nor’easter Storm Hits New York and New Jersey

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How to Survive Hurricane Sandy in NYC

Hurricane Sandy is barreling up the East Coast towards New York, and those in the path of the storm should brace for the worst. If you live in NYC you probably know that you need to stock up on

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How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

How to Squash Your Monthly Energy Bill & Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

Did you know that the average American household spends more than $2,200 annually on energy bills, and close to half of that figure can be attributed to heating and cooling? If you're looking to

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PHOTOS: Ray Villafane’s Crazy Zombie Pumpkins and Ghouls Return to the New York Botanical Garden

PHOTOS: Ray Villafane’s Crazy Zombie Pumpkins and Ghouls Return to the New York Botanical Garden

One of our most blockbusting posts last year featured pumpkin carver extraordinaire Ray Villafane's gory zombies bursting from a giant pumpkin, and though we didn't think it was possible, but he

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15 Inexpensive Green Household Products That Can Save You Money And Cut Down Your Energy Bill

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Eco-Fashion Designer Samantha Pleet

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Eco-Fashion Designer Samantha Pleet

Even though Fashion Week is behind us, we thought it would be fun to revisit the exclusive video we shot of one of our favorite New York Designers, Samantha Pleet. Our very own Jill

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7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

Did you know that your daily five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day*? In the U.S. we have such easy access to clean water that

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6 Playful Works of Architecture Inspired by Toys We Love

6 Playful Works of Architecture Inspired by Toys We Love

They say that "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," and we think the same can be said about architecture. We've rounded six delightful structures inspired by our favorite toys and we

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7 Smart and Easy Tips to Green Your Kitchen

7 Smart and Easy Tips to Green Your Kitchen

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Lower East Side Residents Battle Plan to Build Greyhound Bus Stop at Seward Park Playground

Residents of NYC's Lower East Side could hardly believe their ears when they heard about a new proposal to create a permanent Greyhound bus stop at Seward Park, which is the nation's oldest

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