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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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?

  • 140 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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How You Can Make an Edible Water "Bottle" at Home!

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We were fascinated when we first came across the Ooho, an edible water “bottle” conceived by three students to reduce plastic waste, and decided to make one of our own. Check out our DIY video and DO try this at home!



VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there’s still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is just not as warm or attractive as the old filament-filled bulbs we grew up with. To dispel this fallacy, we sought out a group of people with a critical eye for light bulb color and ambiance – lighting designers on the show floor of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at New York Design Week. These meticulous designers take light warmth and quality very seriously (that is their job after all), so we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to give an honest opinion about the latest generation of high-tech LED light bulbs. Watch our video above to see how we retrofitted five gorgeous designer lamps with new Philips LED light bulbs – and in the process saved $1,732.86 in energy costs and won over some designer converts to the future of LED lighting.

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Urban Chandy Founder Cassidy Brush

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It was pretty much love at first sight when the Inhabitat editors first laid eyes on Urban Chandy’s sparkling upcycled light fixtures at BKLYN Designs this year, and we recently got a chance to take a closer look. Our very own Diane Pham visited founder Cassidy Brush at her Brooklyn studio and the pair talked about recycled materials, urban inspiration and more. Read on for the full interview.



Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

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Do you remember the antsy feeling you would get in school while waiting for the recess bell to ring? Luckily, more kids today are spending time outdoors as educators begin to realize the link between connecting with nature and a holistic education. We recently had a chance to talk with Elea Robinson, a founding faculty member of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to learn more about how a nature-based curriculum can help to improve the education and well-being of our kids. Read on for the full interview!



Eco Fashion Designer M Patmos Talks About Her Sustainably-Designed Brooklyn Apartment

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Marcia Patmos, the brains behind the much-loved M Patmos eco fashion line, applies her eco-conscious mindset to everything she does. When we saw the designer during fashion week, she mentioned her newly-upgraded Brooklyn apartment, which she sustainably revamped with the help of architect and designer Robert Farrell. She recently invited us to tour the beautiful space, which is a warm and light-filled home, outfitted with a carefully-curated selection of vintage and handmade home decor plus energy-efficient appliances. Hit the jump to see her pretty pad for yourself and learn more about her design inspiration!



VIDEO: Ethical Fur - Is It Possible? And Meet New York's Wild Wolves!

Living in New York City, I often feel like I’m lacking nature in my life. Lucky for me, however I recently got offered the opportunity to go on an “animal adventure roulette” by Subaru to check out some local fauna in the New York City area, with my 5-year-old son Petey. Our first destination? Ambika Conroy’s Compassionate Bunny Fur Farm in upstate New York with 18 angora rabbits, where owner Ambika makes amazingly soft, warm, fur-like winter accessories like scarves, hats and sweaters sans cruelty by brushing her adorable pet rabbits! We also made a stop at a surprise destination to howl with some wild New York wolves. Watch the video here, to see what the wolves have to say to Inhabitat readers!




INTERVIEW: Architect James Cleary on Designing the Kitchen of the Future, Today

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James Cleary is a Brooklyn-based architect who has designed many residential buildings throughout NYC

Over the last century, the design of the kitchen has changed dramatically. Once a service space relegated to the back of the house, today we use kitchens as everything from offices to entertainment spaces to cozy nooks for respite—the kitchen has very much become the heart of the modern home. So what do architects think about when designing this ever-important space? We caught up with Brooklyn-based residential architect James Cleary, of James Cleary Architecture, to talk about how he approaches kitchen design when planning his residential works. Here, James explains the challenges of creating a “sociable kitchen”, how details such as appliances and materials can transform how we experience our kitchens, and what he envisions the kitchen of the future to look like (flying robots, anyone?!). Keep reading to learn more!

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VIDEO: How to Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Federal Light Bulb Phase-Out

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You may have heard some buzz about the light bulb phase out - but do you know the details of what is actually happening and when? The Federal Energy Independence and Securities act…

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