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 stuff here, you can make stuff 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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Most visitors to Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto, are there to see the gilded roof of the landmark's namesake. But we were just as interested in the green roofs that
It's been said that home is where the heart is, so this holiday, what better way to show the nicest people on your list how much you care than by getting them gifts to spruce up their pads?
Even though they're great for the environment, doesn't it feel like reusable water bottles have gotten to be a bit too ubiquitous? It isn't exactly eco-friendly to give out thousands of logo'ed
The Montblanc House, which is also known as "Shiroi Yama no You no Ie" in Japanese or "House That Resembles a White Mountain," is a three story home that we think was named quite aptly. Designed
OUR GREEN GIFT GUIDE'S BACK AND IT'S BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER! Is it that time of year already? If battling the crowds at your local mall doesn't sound like what you want to be doing for the
This year, there's a way to give all of your friends and loved ones awesome one-of-a-kind gifts they'll love on the cheap - make them yourself! And don't worry if you don't fancy yourself a
They say you are what you eat, but should you also wear what you eat too - on your head? That's what Japanese artist Takaya thinks we should do. The former chef creates his mouthwatering
We all know how important our undergarments are in our daily lives but did you know they could provide a totally different kind of support than what you're used to? Yesterday, PACT unveiled its
Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town UPDATE: New Photos of What Homes in this Advanced Eco City May Look Like
As you might remember from our original post, Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is expected to be one of the most advanced eco cities in the world. Located on the site of an old Panasonic plant,
Clothes made out of natural wool, merino and cashmere may be slightly more expensive than their synthetic counterparts, but they can also last a heck of a lot longer - if you treat them right,
Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World
Kasai Green Energy Park's administration building is quite possibly the most solar-paneled out building ever with double-facade panels (these are able to absorb solar rays from both their backs
Located on a busy street behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel Osaka, the facility acts as a place for people commuting to the city to store their bikes. While typical multi-level bike parking
EXCLUSIVE: Panasonic Announces Plan to Cut 40 Million Tons of CO2 + Photos of the New ENE-FARM Fuel Cell!
"By 2018, we aim to cut our CO2 emissions by 40 million tons," explained Mr. Kikuchi. Panasonic has already implemented many eco-initiatives within its own operations such as recycling, but the
What the CRT glass looks like before its recycled. In case you're not familiar with old school CRT or cathode ray tube TVs and monitors (would it be dating ourselves to say that we remember
Panasonic created the Eco Ideas House to show the world how a symphony of their every-saving products working in concert can help consumers realize a zero CO2-emissions home, and live a more
MATERIALS: - White styrofoam packing peanuts - An old foam mattress pad - A piece of wide black or dark green ribbon - Pink and green felt - Orange spraypaint STEP 1: First, glue the
The weather's getting colder - is your home ready for the winter? Soon, the wind will be blowing and the rain will be falling, and we'll all be seeing a major spike on our monthly energy bills.
Manchester Wood is a family business that makes built-to-last furniture from local and sustainable wood. Founded in 1976 in Manchester, Vermont, the company produces American-made solid wood
MATERIALS - An empty pizza box - Bags of chips, gum, condoms, Advil - whatever small items you would find at your local bodega. Feel free to use healthier options too! - Safety pins - A
Could your washing machine be polluting the world's oceans? If your clothes are made out of synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide, or polyester, it could be.
The cabin sits adjacent to the cross-country ski and bike trails that the owners love to enjoy, and is in close enough that they can pretty much step out the door, strap in, and go. Despite its
ATTENTION ALL CUTELY COSTUMED BOYS AND GHOULS (and their parents)! Halloween is less than two weeks away - are you ready to get crafty? If you've concocted a creative costume (or are planning
Pink fried chicken? We're all for advancing breast cancer research, but it's sickening how some corporations are playing up to the public's desire to find a cure by turning all of their products
Greenpeace members rallied last week in Italy to protest Brazilian leather and the mass deforestation it has been causing in the Amazon. The Greenpeacers dressed up in bark-like sustainable
OSORB We've written about Osorb before, but we were eager to see this miracle material in person. Made out of what is essentially glass, the substance acts like a nanomechanical sponge that
Starting fall off with a fresh feeling is difficult when you're wearing grody old underpants. Luckily, our friends at PACT want to help you out with that - so they're giving away $150 worth of
Last month marked the anniversary of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which we all know ended slavery for good 149 years ago, right? Wrong. While that's what we in America are
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