5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

by , 02/02/14

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This year, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the streets, dragon costumes all around, and the entire continent of Asia is in celebration. But what is Chinese New Year all about?  This momentous occasion marks the beginning of spring in the Lunar calendar, a time for new beginnings and renewal. To ring in this new year, why not make some feng shui adjustments to bring some balance to your home? Feng shui is an Asian art of placement — or as I like to say, the original “green design”. Through observing and shifting the built environment, feng shui teaches us how to live in harmony with nature. Keep reading to learn more.

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3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Space for the Lunar New Year Using Feng Shui

by , 02/01/14

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The Lunar New Year, fondly known as Chinese New Year, falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. The year of the water snake will come to a close and the year of the wood horse will begin. According to the lunar calendar, this occasion marks the beginning of spring. Similar to the solar new year, it is a time to celebrate new beginnings and start fresh. In feng shui tradition, we don’t look backwards so much as forwards. How can we welcome the best energy at this time? The best way to do this is to do a little new year space clearing. Here I’ll share with you three steps to clear your space and make room for some positive chi!

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7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

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Innovative New 'Design For Human Health' Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

by , 01/29/14

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There are thousands of design programs across the country, but not a single one focusing exclusively on design for human health from the human perspective. This really seems crazy when you think about it, as the built environment surrounds us in every facet of our lives and shapes physical and mental health in so many ways. From the choice between fluorescent lights versus natural daylighting, to what kind of materials to use in flooring and finishes (toxic, non-toxic), to heating, cooling and ventilation decisions, to flow and transportation within buildings and between buildings, every design decision impacts people’s health and wellbeing—either positively or negatively. Now is the time that design professionals take this subject to the next level. There are “healthcare design” specialty programs that teach designers how to design better hospitals and doctor’s offices, but there has never been an accredited US graduate design degree that focuses specifically on how to design the built environment (eg. offices, schools, homes) for optimal human health. Until now, that is! We’re thrilled to hear that Boston Architectural College has just launched a new masters degree program, Design for Human Health—the first graduate program in design studies that is broadly focused on the intersection between good design and human health.

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Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

by , 01/29/14
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If you have any interaction with the public at all, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of sickly people out there right now. Half my Facebook feed consists of folks who are whinging about their sore throats, hacking coughs, and other less-than-fun symptoms, and chances are that any store you step into will have at least one nose-blowing, wheezing sad sack wandering about. We can try to prevent ourselves from getting sick by eating well, getting enough rest, washing our hands, and loading up on vitamins, but if and when the cold gremlins win out, it’s good to have some soothing home remedies at hand.

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9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

by , 01/21/14

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IKEA furniture is often looked down upon for being mass-produced, but its cookie cutter attributes also make it a perfect medium for hacking into cool and original custom pieces. We recently rounded up some of our favorite DIY hacks from Ikeahackers.net from space-saving loft beds to an elegant glass divider wall to a slide-out storage compartment. Click here to see them all.

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FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

by , 01/21/14

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“If I hadn’t have been a part of this program, I would have left school and I wouldn’t have given it a second thought,” explains Stevie Mizelle, a student featured in the new film IF YOU BUILD IT, which premiered in New York City last week. The feature length documentary chronicles the story of Studio H design innovators Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller as they turn a Bertie County, North Carolina shop class into a design studio and lead ten high school students in the development and build of full-scale projects of their very own. Forced to think outside of the proverbial box, the kids are pushed to hone both their skills and minds – a task that proves to be challenging yet rewarding. Director Patrick Creadon affectionately likens the film to “Extreme Home Makeover” meets “The Breakfast Club”. Inhabitat attended the premiere and checked the movie out for ourselves – read on to see what we thought!

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

by , 01/14/14

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In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t know what’s going to happen, or when, but you know it will, and there’s a lot of opportunity in being first to recover. Resilience is a hot commodity, and nobody knows resilience like nature. Companies with a premium on out-of-the-box thinking find that really good innovation comes from mixing things up. Nature, however, does it all the time, and it’s a tried and true recipe when the going gets tough. For instance, water fleas (known to scientists as Daphnia) clone themselves most of the year. But as soon as that pond starts to dry up, BAM, it’s sexy time! They will try anything and everything to survive, hoping that they find something works. So is there a method behind this madness, and can we learn something from them? Find out in our newest entry of  The Biomimicry Manual!

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VW's Passat BlueMotion Has the Highest Fuel Economy Rating of any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedans

by , 01/13/14

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PHOTOS: Patrick Blanc Hangs 67 Extraordinary Vertical Garden Tubes in Miami

by , 01/13/14

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Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

by , 01/13/14

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Heads up transportation fans – today Inhabitat is reporting LIVE from the floor of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where we’ll be bringing you a first look at this year’s most exciting green vehicles! Ford invited us on a media trip to Detroit to check out this year’s show, and there’s a lot to look forward to – from solar-powered cars to hot new hybrids and all-electric vehicles, so stay tuned as we bring you this year’s best unveils – and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates!

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DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

by , 01/11/14

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Fun and easy to make, dishcloths and washcloths can be whipped together in a few hours from scrap yarn you may have lying around the house. We can never have too many of them, as they’re as handy for mopping up spills as they are for doing dishes, and they can be used as cleaning cloths once they start to get a bit ratty. You can make pretty ones to give away as gifts, use yarn in your own kitchen or bathroom colors so they match the rest of your decor, and experiment with a variety of different shapes and patterns—the sky is the limit with these babies. Most importantly, these cloths will last for years, and can help you wean yourself off that paper towel habit.

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Win Free Tickets to See the New Movie “If You Build It” at New York’s IFC Center!

by , 01/10/14

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We’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to a new movie called IF YOU BUILD IT that follows design innovators Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they use the power of design to transform the lives of ten high school students living in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Entering the giveaway is simple – just click here and leave a comment telling us why you want to see this inspiring new film. The tickets could be in your hand by Friday!

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

by , 01/08/14
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Some of you might think it’s crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn’t be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside your window, is there any better way to lift your spirits than to think of the warmer weather that’s just a couple of months away, and the amazing garden you can cultivate once it returns? It’s at this time of year that seed catalogs start arriving, and although you can’t dive into the soil or start your seeds just yet (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere!), you can work on some fun DIY projects so they’ll be ready to go as soon as the snow melts.

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

by , 01/08/14

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are…

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Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

We're excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film…

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Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

TRON ICE HOTEL SUITE QUEBEC'S HOTEL DE GLACE HARBIN INTERNATIONAL ICE AND SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL RUSSIAN ICE PALACE  GEOTHERMAL ICE CASTLES FINLAND'S LUMI LINNA SNOW…

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