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

by , 08/01/14

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

by , 07/31/14

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

by , 07/28/14


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

by , 07/20/14

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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: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

by , 07/14/14

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The term ‘building science’ is used quite often now in sustainable building circles, but much of what we understand of it can be traced back to the work of Dr. Joe Lstiburek, founder of Building Science Corporation. He is anything but your typical engineer or scientist who spends time crunching numbers or hiding away in a lab. Lstiburek has spent most of his career out in the field, testing and examining what works and what doesn’t. Many of the building standards today — from building codes to ASHRE to testing methodology — have his finger prints all over them, and his tough love criticism of building design is undercut with his wry humor and, of course, an encyclopedic knowledge of building construction. Read on to learn where buildings go wrong and what we can do about it.

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The Easy Trick That Turns Your Regular Blender into a Magic Bullet Smoothie Machine

by , 07/09/14

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Want to make individual smoothies and juices for everyone in the family without having to shell out dough for a special blender? Check out this DIY video for an easy trick that will save you money and counter space!

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

by , 07/08/14

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In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to highlight an interview Inhabitat Editor-in-Chief Jill Fehrenbacher conducted with architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl. A studio focused on designing for a future water world, Olthuis has been at the forefront of this once unconventional, yet now timely design vernacular. Olthuis says that despite our civilization’s history of trying to drain and fight against wet landscapes for the past thousand years, our best move for the future would be to “let water in and even make friends with the water.” Read on for the fascinating interview where Olthius describes his what designing for water landscapes worldwide really means.

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

by , 07/08/14

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INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir "The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir"

by , 07/07/14

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We’ve featured many a tiny house on Inhabitat, but did you know that one trailblazing lady was the inspiration behind many of those miniature homes? Meet Dee Williams: an early pioneer and sustainability advocate of the tiny house movement, she downsized from a three bedroom home into an 84 square foot house she built herself for $10,000 after she was diagnosed with a heart muscle disease. Ten years later, she’s inspired countless others to pursue big dreams in tiny spaces and has just recently published her first book and memoir, “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir.” Unlike the typical how-to construction manual–Williams has already published a DIY tiny house e-book called “Go House Go”–”The Big Tiny” delves into Williams’ motivations and life lessons learned from building and living in a tiny house the size of an area rug. Click through to read our interview with Dee Williams.

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

by , 07/03/14

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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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

by , 07/02/14

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

by , 07/01/14

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PS 244Q received a lot of attention last year when it became the first school in New York City to start serving an exclusively vegetarian menu to its students. We recently got a chance to speak to the woman behind the switchover, Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy Schools, about how plant-based diets can benefit kids both physically and academically as well as what parents can do to change what their children are served in school. Read on for the full interview!

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INTERVIEW: 5+Design's Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

by , 06/30/14

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Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there’s no one solution for rapidly growing obesity rates—it’s a problem that must be tackled simultaneously on multiple fronts. While some fight to eliminate sugary drinks, increase fruit and vegetable intake, or reduce portion sizes, Hollywood-based 5+Design is working to combat obesity with its approach to architecture and landscape design. Inhabitat recently sat down with 5+Design’s Michael Ellis to learn more about anti-obesity architecture, and how the built environment can get people to adopt healthy habits without having to think about it. Keep reading for what he had to say.

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Watch This Cheeky Video of the California State Bear's Energy Saving Tips

by , 06/27/14

The California State Bear has left his usual spot on the flag to teach us how to conserve our energy, water, and other precious resources in this new video. A recent national study says the effects of climate change are already being felt throughout the nation, and California specifically is a prime example as the state faces a near-record drought and a hotter-than-expected summer. In the video, the California State Bear demonstrates some of the energy-saving techniques he’s learned from EnergyUpgradeCA.org; tips we can all learn from and integrate into our daily lives. With the looming deadline to meet energy goals, we can all do our part to try and fight climate change today and protect the state for generations to come.

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

by , 06/26/14

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If you’ve always dreamed of having a little herb garden in your kitchen, here’s a video DIY from our friend Summer Rayne Oakes that can bring that fantasy to fruition today. Follow along as Summer and her dad use just a few components to create a mason jar herb garden that not only provides fresh seasonings for cooking but also looks fantastic.

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

BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker's New Book, Original Copies, Dissects…

In Original Copies, Bosker, the senior tech editor at the Huffington Post, presents a thorough analysis of the remarkable building replication phenomenon that has been happening…

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

We love treehouses here at Inhabitat, and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim's visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame…

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to…

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