INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book 'The Greenest Home'

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INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct's Founder Joost Van Brug

by , 03/18/14
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Joost Van Brug was the man behind Reluct - an excellent design blog that uncovered cutting edge design from 2003-2007. Although Joost is squarely a part of the Dutch design scene and frequently wrote about Dutch designers, his focus was international and his audience reflected this. Unlike many Dutch blogs, Reluct was published in English – and the majority of Joost’s readers were in the US. We sat down in with Joost in 2006 in Amsterdam to chat about Dutch design, design-blogging and sustainability in design. Hit jump to read what he had to say.

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Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Business Tips - Learned The Hard Way

Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat. Once you gather enough courage and resources to run with your dream, you’ll be met with one obstacle after another — all of which are valuable learning experiences. But an even better way to learn is not from your own mistakes — but from the mistakes of others. Get a business leg-up by following the wisdom that RockPaperRobot learned the hard way: You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time.

Makers of awesome magnetic/floating furniture, kinetic lighting, and dynamic installations, RockPaperRobot is an acclaimed “engineering boutique” building ingenious, physics-defying design pieces that have been wowing design-aficionados and growing a loyal fan base for their unique creations. But the road to success wasn’t so easy for founders Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida, and they have one very important bit of advice to share with their fellow entrepreneurs — a lesson they learned on the road to success: You can’t always do it all. Watch their American Express Inside Successful Small Business video above for their story, and keep reading to learn more about this inspiring design/engineering duo.

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VIDEO: Procter & Gamble's Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

Many of you may be familiar with Procter & Gamble’s “Thank You, Mom” campaign, which features several cute tots learning how to walk, swim, and more. But there’s another, less than adorable side to P&G that they’ve worked hard to keep under wraps. After conducting a yearlong investigation, Greenpeace has revealed that P&G has been sourcing its palm oil (an ingredient used in shampoos and other health and household products) from plantations that have decimated the forests of Indonesia. What’s even more shocking is that the remains of multiple endangered orangutans have been found scattered throughout and just outside land owned by two major suppliers of the palm oil. Greenpeace recently released a video showing some of the damage that’s been done to the landscape and to the habitats of these endangered animals. Please take a moment to watch it above and share it with your family and friends. And if you’re one of the more than 5 billion people who use their products—which range from Pantene to Tide and Gillette—do consider boycotting P&G products for those that use sustainably harvested materials. You can also further urge the company to do the right thing by signing Greenpeace’s petition asking them to make their products ethically.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

by , 03/13/14
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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

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We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it’s also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its opportunities, and how it can be maximized to produce even more sustainable, affordable, and high-quality structures. Toby Long, of CleverHomes, has been one of prefab’s pioneers with the MiniHome and NowHouse. I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss the prefab “movement,” and how he sees it maturing in the future.

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Interview: David Maundrell of aptsandlofts.com Discusses the Demand for Green Homes in NYC

by , 03/11/14
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If you live in New York City, you’ve probably encountered aptsandlofts.com, a go-to resource when searching for prime New York City real estate. We recently had a chance to pick the brain of aptandlofts.com founder and Brooklyn native David Maundrell about his elegant new Cobble Hill storefront, the demand for green homes in New York City and the Brooklyn Brownstone boom. Read on for his thoughts and to see photos of the space’s double-height, brick-walled interior.

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VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

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Did you know that the most important source of biodiversity on the planet – the rainforest – is being decimated so that you can have paper towels to wipe up? Did you know that the paper industry is the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases? Without those rainforests to suck up that extra carbon, we’re going to be in a bad state! Learn more about the Secret Life of Paper with Inform, Inc.’s informative and rousing video (after the jump).

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA's Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

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VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York's Youth With Urban Farming

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Urban farming is on the rise across the globe; people all over are bringing their food source closer to their doorstep by farming in abandoned lots and on empty rooftops. Ian Marvy, the Executive Director of Added Value, sees urban farming as more than a local food source. He sees the cultivation of plants on urban land as a way to foster sustainable development for cities across the globe. Added Value has two farms in New York City and through their youth programs they are bringing up a new generation of conscious, thoughtful, sustainably oriented citizens.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Stewart Brand Says Nuclear Power Could Save the World

by , 02/19/14
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Stewart Brand is an author, environmentalist, and above all, best known for his work as the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog. In 1966 Brand was one of the first environmentalists to push NASA — already with satellites orbiting the Earth — to release a picture of the “whole Earth” from space. He believed that a photo could be a powerful image for the then very young environmental movement, and when it was finally delivered to the world by the US government in 1968, it helped push the creation of Earth Day in 1970. An eco-trailblazer from the start, Brand recently penned the Whole Earth Discipline: An Eco-Pragmatist Manifesto, his sixth publication which explores how the Earth and its people are propelled by three transformations: climate change, urbanization and biotechnology. Recently, our very own Editor-in-Chief Jill Fehrenbacher had the chance to pick Brand’s brain, finding a thought-provoking discussion where Brand confers his belief that nuclear power might just be our green energy savior. Watch the exclusive video interview above and read the whole interview after the jump!

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace - Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World

INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace - Two Mobile…

Inhabitat: How did the idea for Morpholio come about? Morpholio: The idea for Morpholio is actually still evolving and hopefully will always be slightly in flux. In 2011, five of us…

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a…

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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on 'REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture'

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on 'REMATERIAL From…

What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are…

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