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

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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 conservation organizations set up to protect them and help grow their population enough to be re-introduced to the wild. Wolves once inhabited most of North America, from coast to coast, but as humans spread across the states over the last century, these majestic, intelligent creatures (ancestors of “man’s best friend”) have become nearly extinct. Wolves have died out both due to habitat loss and also due to active human hunting and trapping. Today they can only be found in the wild in Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, whereas they once lived everywhere. Wolf sanctuaries are trying to help protect highly endangered wolves and reestablish populations in places where they once lived.

I personally had no idea that there was a population of over 20 wolves living near me in New York City until I heard about the New York Wolf Conservation Center from Subaru as part of an “Adventure Roulette” initiative. I recently had the chance to visit this wonderful wolf sanctuary less than an hour from the city, and it was an incredible experience! It was amazing to meet and be able to “speak” with these magnificent, super-intelligent animals. If you howl at them, they’ll even howl back at you! Read on to find out more about these wolf sanctuaries, as well as where you can meet some wolves in your local area. Surprisingly, they are almost everywhere — probably in your backyard too!

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

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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 follows Emily and her partner, Matt Miller, as they transform the lives of ten high school students living in a town marked by high drop out rates and dismal employment opportunities through design and architecture. Click here to learn more about the film and check out our giveaway for a chance to win tickets!



Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

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Inhabitat's Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

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In 2013, architects and designers went above and beyond to push the boundaries of design and build a more sustainable future. But it wasn’t all glossy skyscrapers and high-profile projects – in the past year we showcased the world’s first vertical forest and one of the world’s coolest tiny apartments, while IKEA opened up new possibilities by launching the first augmented reality catalog. Check out our top design stories of 2013 below, and make sure to vote for your favorite!

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Six Scrumptious Eco Cocktails For New Year's Eve

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Inhabitat's Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

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The media tends to feed on negativity – but if you dig a little deeper you’ll find a wealth of uplifting and inspiring stories just below the surface. Sometimes they’re about brilliant teenagers who came up with innovative solutions to the world’s problems – like this 16-year-old who created bioplastic from bananas and the student who developed a phone charger that can fill your cell in 20 seconds. Other times they’re about visionaries like the man who is planting a second forest entirely by hand, the African inventor who built a working 3D printer from e-waste, and the Empowerment Plan to provide Detroit’s homeless with coats that turn into sleeping bags. These bright minds are building a more sustainable tomorrow – check out their stories below and vote for the most inspiring!

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Fisher & Paykel and Cuipo Launch Rainforest Preservation Initiative

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Every second, over 43,000 square feet of rainforest are destroyed – that’s the equivalent of 4,000 football fields of rainforest decimated every hour. When these forests are cut down, the plants, animals, and insects that inhabit them are threatened and often driven to extinction. More critically, rainforests provide the planet with oxygen, they maintain the water cycle, they are a source for medicines and foods, and they help to regulate the earth’s climate by storing nearly 300 billion tons of carbon—that’s 40 times the annual greenhouse gas emissions we produce from fossil fuels! Rainforests are essential to sustaining life on earth. So why is so little done to protect this most precious resource from deforestation? While political powers can do a great deal, industries and consumers also have the power to make a difference. That’s why Fisher & Paykel has teamed up with Cuipo to save our rainforests 20 square meters at a time. Read on to learn more.

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Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

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2013 saw a number of uplifting stories, but unfortunately, we also saw the dark side of humanity rearing its ugly head too many times. From the extinction of this majestic rhino off the face of the Earth to horrifying images of the Rana Plaza building collapse, read on to see which articles horrified us the most and reminded us how important it is to speak out against atrocities and injustice.

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The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit's Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

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They say that if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime – and social entrepreneur Veronika Scott is proving that the old adage rings just as true for women and coats. As a long-time Detroit resident, Scott was compelled to do something about the unemployment and homelessness she saw plaguing her city. In 2011, she started the Empowerment Plan, a non-profit that not only gives coats to Detroit’s homeless, but also employs homeless women to make them. The weather-resistant outerwear was specially designed to do double duty as a sleeping bag, as well as doing triple duty to help unemployed women get back on their feet.

American Express is sharing Veronika and the Empowerment Plan‘s story through its PassionProject. Check out the powerful video below to see the impact the Empowerment Plan is having on Detroit, and see more inspiring PassionProject videos here.

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Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

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How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

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Want to get a P.H.D. in what to do with your P.H.W.? (That’s short for post-holiday waste in case you didn’t know.) While you may not have heard of the term (we kind of just made it up), we’re pretty sure you know what we’re talking about – the crumpled wads of giftwrap, the withering tree, that sweater from Aunt Mabel that was so fugly that it made a baby cry. Don’t worry if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, however – P.H.W isn’t contagious, and there’s a quick cure – read on to check out our 5 easy tips for what to do with all that stuff after Christmas!

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The Great Green Fate of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree After the Holidays Are Over

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is the star of holidays in NYC, but what happens to it when the festivities are over? The awesome answer might surprise you. Read on to find out what it is.



Happy Holidays from All of Us at Inhabitat!

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It’s hard to believe how quickly we whipped through 2013, and here we are again getting jolly over another round of holidays! Inhabitat’s team has grown to span the globe, and this year we wanted to share how we plan on spending our holiday break. From hot and sweaty Buenos Aires to the snowy corners of Quebec, keep reading for all the fun festivities our team will find themsleves ho ho ho-ing! over this year. And don’t forget to share your own plans with us in the comments below—we want to hear from  you too!

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Jill Fehrenbacher, Founder and Editor in Chief

Happy Holidays Inhabireaders!

This year, per usual, I will be laying low in NYC, doing the Santa thing and baking with my kids. This year we have two mischief-makers instead of one, so it’s double-trouble for me. We’re hoping it snows so we can go outside and build snowmen. Thanks to the Inhabiteam for a great year and thanks to our readers for reading.

Merry Christmas!

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Mike Chino, Managing Editor

Celebrating the holidays is pretty straightforward in my family – it’s all about the food! This year I’m whipping up an adaptation of one of favorite salads served up by at the fantastic Linea Caffe, which just opened on my block in San Francisco. It’s a kale winter salad with a guacamole twist that pairs well with a wide range of dishes. Here’s how you make it:

  • 2 bunches fresh baby kale
  • 2 medium avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 4-6 clementines
  • 1 cup pecans
  • Grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash the baby kale, dry it, and then chop it into fine shreds. (If you’re working with fully grown kale you may need to “massage” it a bit.)

2. Mash the avocados in a big bowl then add the juice of 1/2 lime and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Toast the pecans in a skillet over low heat until they are aromatic. Peel the clementines and chop the sections into halves.

4. Combine everything and adjust seasoning to taste – you may need more lime juice, salt and/or pepper. Top with a bit of grated parmesan and enjoy!

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Yuka Yoneda, Managing Editor, Inhabitat NYC

All of my family members live in tiny apartments, so this year, we decided to cut the crap (literally) by not buying presents. Instead, we’ll be feasting on a potluck dinner and donating what we would have spent on gifts to Typhoon Haiyan relief. Click here if you’d like to do the same (it also makes a really meaningful last minute gift).

Diane Pham, Senior Editor

This year I will be spending the holidays with my family in my hometown of Chino Hills, CA. I plan on feasting, watching movies, and cross-stitching between sips of wine. It’s nothing too crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Merry Christmas, Inhabitat readers!

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Timon Singh, News Writer

Merry Christmas from the UK! I hope all our Inhabitat readers enjoy the festive break and will eat, drink and be merry as much as I hope to do! See you in 2014!

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Ana Lisa Alperovich, Design and Architecture Writer

This X-mas I am staying in looking after kitten G@tita, as she won’t love the pyrotechnics. Two close mates are coming over for dinner and we’ll probably make something quick and raw, over some bubbles (It’s super hot over here in Buenos Aires). Then I am off with some friends for a week. We rented some cabins on the beach at Pepe Mujica’s wonderland. I can’t wait!

Have a happy and healthy 2014!

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Lea Stewart, Design Writer

A very happy holiday to all of the Inhabitat readers, from the snowy Midwest. This will be my first winter season living in Michigan, as well as the first time living in a rural area of the US. So my family will be enjoying the perks—like having a yard and a gorgeous frozen lake front view. It can be a challenge this time of year to find down time, so here’s wishing that all our readers have the opportunity to pause and take in the beauty of nature around them!

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Lana Winter Herbert, DIY and Features Writer

My husband and I celebrated the Winter Solstice with an amazing vegan dinner, and we will be spending Christmas with our extended family. Great company, amazing traditional Quebecois food, deer-watching, and curling up by the fire are all on the menu for this year’s festivities, and if we’re feeling brave enough to venture out in -30C weather, maybe some cross-country skiing.

Happiest holiday wishes to all!



Santa and the 'Shrooms: The Real Story Behind the "Design" of Christmas

Most people think of Santa Claus and the cheery red and white we decorate with at Christmas as little more than lighthearted fun and pretty colors. But the real story behind that Christmas look that takes over the Western world at this time of year is a bit… shall we say, darker. Or at least way, way more tripped-out. Read on to find out about the psychedelic and mystical roots of the Santa Claus myth and the traditional Christmas decorating scheme!

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14 Last Minute Gifts for the Green Procrastinator

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6 Abandoned Churches That Have Been Transformed into Spectacular New Spaces

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Zecc Architects' St. Jakobus Church in Utrecht, The Netherlands Zecc Architects' turned St. Jakobus church in The Netherlands, into a modern, cozy home. The renovated holy building,…

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'Twas the Night Before (a Green) Christmas...

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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the green house "We're not ready for Christmas yet!" the whole family groused They'd all been too busy working and living Seems…

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11 No-Purchase-Necessary Gifts of Time

11 No-Purchase-Necessary Gifts of Time

Giving someone a great gift they'll really treasure doesn't mean dropping a ton of cash. Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is something much less tangible: your…

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