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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

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Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home design and improvement, he now showcases many of his ideas on his popular website, BobVila.com – a destination also packed with how-to articles and archived episodes. A pioneer of the adaptive reuse movement, Vila helped bring “green” thought to the forefront, and in more recent years he has focused much of his efforts on investigating sustainable building and design. Read on for our conversation with one of the most recognized voices in remodeling as he discusses green building, retrofitting, materials and energy, and how we need to recognize science and the role of government when we talk about policy.

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VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

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In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle “one of the most important and best edible mushrooms.” They are also incredibly nutritious – in addition to containing vitamin C and potassium, chanterelles are among the richest known sources of vitamin D. As ubiquitous as it is delicious, the golden chanterelle occurs all over the globe – from North America to Europe, Asia and Africa. Nevertheless, the meaty, funnel-shaped mushroom has a wild spirit that resists domestication, so if you’d like to savor its distinctive flavor, you’ll probably have to find it yourself – which is part of its wonderful charm! We recently stumbled across some chanterelles while hiking in Yellowwood State Forest just outside of Bloomington, Indiana. We picked a few, sautéed them, and ate them with our camp-cooked pasta, and liked them so much, we went back a couple of days later for more. Watch our video or hit the jump to find out how you can find your own chanterelles, which false species to avoid, and how to cook them up for a special treat you won’t soon forget.

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array


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Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an “Ocean Cleanup Array” which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world’s oceans. Although his idea received criticism from some quarters, a year-long feasibility study concluded that the idea will work. Not just that—it could potentially remove half the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within a decade. The last 12 months have been a whirlwind for the young inventor; he’s given talks around the world and conducted tests in The Azores. We sat down with Boyan Slat to ask him about his inspiration, dealing with criticism and what the future holds for the Ocean Cleanup Array.

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

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VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

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The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature’s natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. We had a chance to sit down with Tom Hadfield from Andrea to talk about how this amazing gadget is able to clean the air in your home 1000% better than a normal houseplant. Check out our video interview above!

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term ‘biomimicry‘ and laid the groundwork for an emerging discipline that looks for innovative solutions to pressing global problems by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Since her book’s release more than 15 years ago, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry research through numerous initiatives, including Biomimicry 3.8 — an amazing organization providing business consulting, professional training, and education on what humans can learn from the genius of nature that surrounds us. Though biomimetics is technically not a new idea, the relevance of this field has become increasingly apparent over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most successful and time-tested designers, and we have much to learn from her. Watch our video above to hear from biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus as she chats with us about some of the incredible innovations that have come from Biomimicry, such as velcro, solar power, and more-efficient wind turbines.

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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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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

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Sea levels are rising, floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change. Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the benefits of building on the water. With countries like the Maldives and Kiribati having to build oceanside or move in order to escape rising sea levels, New York learning to battle storm surges, and Jakarta dealing with massive flooding, embracing water may be our only option for survival. We chatted with Olthuis about how coastal cities can become more resilient in the face of change—read on for our interview!

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DIY: Learn How To Make Waldorf-Style Whole Wheat Bread at Home (VIDEO)

by , 08/28/14

Pint-sized patissier Petey Rojas is back again with a brand new recipe to share! This time, our favorite four-year-old teaches us how to bake delicious Waldorf-style whole wheat bread using just a few simple ingredients (flour, salt, water, yeast). This yummy bread takes only a few minutes to prep, it doesn’t require a bread maker, and it’s a fun, hands-on recipe that’s sure to delight both kids and adults alike. Check out Petey’s adorable DIY video above, and be sure to give the recipe a try. We’ve also got the full, printable instructions after the jump!

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

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If you’ve ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you’re sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He’s also the designer behind pioneering projects for social good like the One Laptop Per Child Project, the NYC Condom, and these free VerBien glasses for Mexican students. We recently had a chance to chat with Yves about his favorite projects, the future of green technology, and his first foray into architecture – check out our interview after the break!

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker's New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China's Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

 

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You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living, are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus, which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. We recently had the chance to pick Benjamin’s brain about the future of mycotecture (mushroom architecture), the benefits of biological buildings and what inspired this innovative new Hy-Fi tower in Queens. Read on to see what the biotect, innovator and director of the “Living Architecture Lab” at GSAPP has to say.

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INTERVIEW: ECOBroker John Beldock on Green Real Estate

INTERVIEW: ECOBroker John Beldock on Green Real Estate

Green homes are on the rise, but a world dominated by green real estate is far from reality. In this interview with ECOBroker John Beldock, we thought we'd take a look at ways to locate…

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn…

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a…

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC's High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC's High Line Park

NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful…

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