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

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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"

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

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

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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!



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

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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

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; 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.



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

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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.



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 structures. We’ve covered these brilliantly playful architectural ideas before on Inhabitat, but now we have a video from Mitchell Joachim explaining the details of how they work. Joachim does much better justice to his future-forward ecological designs than we are able to do in a mere post, so if you have any interest in living treehouses (and we know you do), check out this fascinating video above.

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INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

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Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to know what makes a person wake up one morning and want to start a library where people take out bikes instead of books – and in a revamped double decker bus, no less?! So we caught up with Karta Healy, the driving (or should we say cycling?) force behind this mobile resource, and found out the answers to those questions and more – read on to see what he said.

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco's Rebar Studio

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VIDEO: High Line Section Two Opens in NYC!

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Section two of New York City’s High Line Park opened a couple of years ago to great acclaim, and Team Inhabitat were among the first to catch a glimpse of this amazing new green space! The High Line is a renovated train track that has been turned into a gorgeous greenway in the sky on the West side of Manhattan near the Hudson River. Conceived of by Friends of the High Line and executed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller, Scofidio and Renfro for the City of New York, the High Line is one of our favorite urban spaces. Check out our video for an exclusive tour of the High Line by our own Jill Fehrenbacher — which includes behind-the-scenes tidbits from the minds who created the project. Even if you’re not in New York City, our video shows you the sweeping views, gorgeous greenery and inspired design behind this incredible urban park..

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VIDEO: Would You Eat Crickets? New Yorkers Give Them a Try

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Entomophagy, the consumption of insects as food, has been gaining popularity, and last week Inhabitat stopped by an event where curious New Yorkers were trying out the trend and tasting some crunchy cricket canapes. Click here to see our video with reactions from these brave foodies, and tell us in our poll below whether or not you would be willing to embrace bugs as a food source.

Would you incorporate insects into your diet?

  • 139 Votes Sure, I would try it as a healthier, more sustainable source of protein.
  • 67 Votes Yech - no, thank you.
  • 67 Votes Maybe, but they would have to be transformed to the point that I didn't recognize them as bugs.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Does BKLYN Designs 2014!

If you weren’t able to make it to BKLYN Designs this year, see what you missed in our new video of the Inhabitat editors shouting out their favorite green designs from the show. From reclaimed wood sofas to a poker table made out of recycled materials, check out the what’s in in Brooklyn this year – and don’t forget to see who’s in at the end of the clip.

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Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

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INTERVIEW: Black Eyed Peas' Tells Us Why Green Fashion is the Future

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Green fashion already has a strong group of loyal followers, but how do we get the word out to a larger audience? We recently caught up with multi-platinum recording artist to…

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

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Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was…

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