BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes. Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space.

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!

You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.

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Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

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We’ve seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately, from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes when their owners move on? That’s where Guatemalan NGO Maya Pedal comes in: they transform donated bicycles into pedal-powered machines including water pumps, blenders and tile makers for use where electricity is too expensive or inaccessible. We say more (pedal) power to you, Maya Pedal! Check out the video by Makeshift to learn more about this brilliant innovation.

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Kenyan teenager converts his school's poop into safe, clean energy

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In early January 2013, Kenya’s oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system inevitably left foul odors and polluted local freshwater sources, while the kitchen used firewood for cooking fuel—unhealthy for cooks and the environment alike. High school senior, Leroy Mwasaru, now 17, and four of his friends had an idea: to harvest poop and other waste and turn it into a safe, clean and eco-friendly source of cooking fuel. Check out this video courtesy of Makeshift, and read on past the jump to learn more about the project!

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

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We’ve seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the opportunity to interview Bernat Ferragut and Kate Alvo of Maison Durable Portneuf about the innovative techniques they used to create their eco-friendly, sustainable, elegant home in the woods of Portneuf, Quebec, and how they can help others do the same.

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New 'Merchants of Doubt' film to unmask scientific "liars for hire" today

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You’ve been lied to. For decades hack scientists, corporate shills, and disingenuous politicians have lied about topics that impact the health and well-being of our planet and its people. The new documentary, Merchants of Doubt, debuts today and is well-positioned to be a long-awaited strike back against perpetrators of propaganda and misinformaton campaigns aimed at the American people. Not just another climate documentary, Merchants of Doubt seeks to tear the mask off the shady ‘liars for hire’ responsible for trying to convince the American public that tobacco use is safe, coal isn’t polluting our air, and that the climate isn’t changing.

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VIDEO: Google's new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

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Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google’s new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant.

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Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

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Millions have viewed a stark, simple 104-minute documentary by Chinese journalist and mother Chai Jing since she uploaded it to popular video-sharing site Youku last week. Titled “Under the Dome,” the documentary captures the filmmaker’s experience as a concerned parent living among the dense smog of Beijing, and investigates the sources of the devastating pollution. The documentary quickly gripped China, receiving over 20 million views by Monday morning, and prompting an outpouring of concerned comments and shared outrage in a nation where the media is strictly controlled. As of the time of writing, the video has been viewed more than 155 million times.

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INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

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We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo buildings take the cake. The Bali-based bamboo building team already has luxury villas, houses, schools and infrastructure buildings in their portfolio, and is renowned for their dedication to using traditional Indonesian building techniques. We spoke with the firm’s founder and CEO, designer Elora Hardy, about vernacular architecture traditions, her involvement with designing bamboo buildings, and the reasons behind her vocational change from high-end fashion to sustainable architecture

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don’t have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can’t grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can grow inside, and citrus fruits fall into that category. Lemon trees in particular are easy to grow, and they can fill your home with gorgeous scent as well as beauty. It’s also super fun and rewarding to grow your own baby plant from seed – click the link below learn how to grow a lemon tree from Inhabitots’ resident Kinder-Gardener Petey!

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VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

Would you believe that you can heat your space with a few candles and a couple of flower pots, all for just pennies a day? It might be difficult to imagine, but it’s easy to do, as this video shows in a brilliant step-by-step demonstration. With just a few items that are readily available at your local hardware store, you can create an electricity-free radiant heater that’ll keep a room toasty and comfortable, for less than the cost of a fancy latte. Click through to learn how you can DIY one of these heaters for yourself:

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The ingenious duvet cover trick that will change your life (VIDEO)

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We’ve been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in some cases, even entire towns in the Chinese countryside. Duplitecture expert Bianca Bosker recently published a new book on the subject; Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in China. We recently had the chance to pick the author’s brain about how and why this trend has spread so prolifically across China in particular. From Chinese clones of the Eiffel Tower to the White House, the country has produced nearly exact duplicates of numerous famous structures from around the world—but why? Check out our interview with Bosker as she answers that question and others about what these copycat buildings signify in terms of China’s culture, and how they are perceived by the rest of the globe.

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and…

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VIDEO: Tokyo's eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

VIDEO: Tokyo's eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes…

Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button,…

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VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

If your wallet is already feeling the pinch from your monthly energy bill as we head into the colder months, you'll be happy to know that you can keep those expenses down using a simple…

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5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

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Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the…

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times…

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

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According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong…

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an…

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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your…

Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Friday? Here's a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots' pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows…

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

Chicken Point Cabin, Idaho Inhabitat: Many well-known architects make it a point to establish offices in large cities, but even with your success Olson + Kundig remains in the…

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while…

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This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his…

We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it's at times when we're particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a…

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on.... YOU WILL NEED: - 2 cups of coconut juice…

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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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The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to watch?

The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to…

This year we had a blast producing some incredible DIY videos and video interviews, and you all seemed to like them! From an amazing DIY edible water bottle to a tour of a wild wolf…

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Inhabitat's Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat's Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and…

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