INTERVIEW: We Talk to Designer Fumi Masuda About Sustainable Design

by , 08/12/13

Fumi Masuda, Japanese Designer, inhabitat interview, Japanese Sustainable Designer, Japanese Furniture Design, Open House Inc, green design, eco design, recycled materials

Japanese designer Fumi Masuda, who is responsible for the Pile Chair (an Inhabitat favorite) is the director of the EcoDesign Institute, a professor at the Design Department at Tokyo Zokei University, President of Open House Inc., a member of the Japan Design Consultant Association and founder of the O2 Global Network in Japan. So you can imagine how glad we were when he made some time to talk to us about green design. We recently had the chance to speak to Fumi about his history with design and he offered some interesting perspectives on the sustainable design market. Read on for his thoughts.

Read More >

Advertisement

INTERVIEW: Edison2's Chief of Design Ron Mathis

Read More >

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

benjamin jones, build it green, eco art, eco design, figment arts festival, governor’s island figment festival, governor’s island green building, governor’s island pavilion, governors island, green architecture, green art, green art nyc, green building, green design, new york, nyc, reclaimed materials, recycled materials, solar power, sustainable art, sustainable design, sustainable treehouse, tree house, treehouse, Treehouses, inhabitat interview, interview

Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us – for the rest of us, there’s Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable materials to Governor’s Island in NYC for the annual Figment Festival and it was an instant hit with kids and adults alike! We wanted to know more about the inspiration behind the arboreal home’s recycled design so we caught up with Benjamin to ask him everything from where he sourced his supplies to what cool interactive art projects he’ll be hatching next. Read on to see what he shared with us – including the real reason he decided to go for building the treehouse (read: a girl)!

Read More >

Advertisement

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architecture for Humanity's Co-Founder Kate Stohr

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Panasonic's Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions' Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

Read More >

PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner

by , 07/18/13

<odesert architecture, Desert Prefab, green prefab architecture, Leo Marmol, marmol radziner, palm springs, Steel Prefab, sustainable prefab architecture, prefab homes, green design, eco design, sustainable design

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner about prefab architecture and sustainability. I asked him about his trajectory as a designer, and what opportunities he sees for prefab to have a larger impact on a wider, more affordable market. His response was thoughtful and optimistic, and provided some great insight into the mind of a forward-thinking and increasingly green designer. Hit the jump to watch the interview or read below for the full interview transcription.

Read More >

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array"

The 5 Gyres Institute, Stiv J. Wilson, ocean pollution, water pollution, plastic pollution, 5 gyres, pacific garbage patch, ocean garbage patch, ocean cleanup array, sustainable design, green design, boyan slat

As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn’t know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current that circulates within one of the world’s oceans – and recent research has found that these massive systems are filled with plastic waste. There are no great estimates (at least scientific) on how much plastic is in the ocean, but I can say from firsthand knowledge (after sailing to four of the world’s five gyres) that it’s so pervasive it confounds the senses. Gyre cleanup has often been floated as a solution in the past, and recently Boyan Slat’s proposed ‘Ocean Cleanup Array’ went viral in a big way. The nineteen-year-old claims that the system can clean a gyre in 5 years with ‘unprecedented efficiency’ and then recycle the trash collected. The problem is that the barriers to gyre cleanup are so massive that the vast majority of the scientific and advocacy community believe it’s a fool’s errand – the ocean is big, the plastic harvested is near worthless, and sea life would be harmed. The solutions starts on land.

Editor’s Note: This piece was written in response to a story published in 2013. As of 2014, Boyan Slat has conducted a feasibility study for the Ocean Cleanup Array and published a 530-page report that addresses criticismcheck it out here.

Read More >

BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman's Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

green roofs, angela youngman, guide book, publication, resource, architecture

Author Angela Youngman has released a guidebook that will immerse you in world of green roofs through case studies, imagery, and must-know terminology related to design, build, and installation of these vegetated scapes. Green Roofs is not a self-help manual, but rather a light read that takes a broad stroke look at many of the variables and considerations surrounding what should really be called “living buildings.”

Read More >

HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips to Maximize Your Tiny Apartment

apartment help, david bromstad, design tips for apartments, eco design, green design, hgtv, interior design tips, nyc apartment, nyc apartment design, sustainable design, tiny apartments, tiny homes

Looking for ways to give your small space big style? Inhabitat recently got a chance to tap HGTV Design Star David Bromstad for some of his top tips for making the most of tiny apartments. From playing with color to reducing clutter, read on to see the advice he shared with us.

READ MORE >

 

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

When Inhabitat’s Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief housing. This exploration gradually broadened to a larger focus on design for disaster-preparedness; seeking out what type of shelters can best withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, rising sea levels and tornados. Now I’m thrilled to say that after years of research, Bridgette has just published an incredible new book entitled Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World. Urgent Architecture showcases inspiring and innovative ideas for resilient design – design that will withstand the test of time – surviving climate change, rising sea levels, manmade and natural disasters. I recently had a chance to interview Bridgette about her new book at Inhabitat HQ in NYC, and she gave me some fascinating insight into her inspiration for the book, the impact climate change will have on future housing and what she believes is necessary to create a more sustainable and responsive built landscape. Watch the video above for the interview, and if you want to learn more, you can get your own copy of Urgent Architecture here.

A full transcript of the interview with pics is available after the jump.

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The World's First Full-Color 3D Printer

botObjects, Martin Warner, Mike Duma, ProDesk3D, 3D printing, 3D printers, technology, DIY, interview

Just over a month ago, we showcased a product with the potential to revolutionize the still-new 3D printing industry: the ProDesk3D by botObjects. Hailed as the world’s first full-color 3D printer, the ProDesk3D allows designers to pick a desired palette and quickly print the final product with a five-color, re-usable PLA cartridge system. Since the ProDesk3D is only in the pre-order phase (and we were eager to know more), Inhabitat reached out to botObjects founders Martin Warner and Mike Duma to dig deeper into the development process of this ground-breaking product. Read on to find out why the ProDesk3D pushes the boundaries of 3D printing technology, and how it was designed to make self-fabrication accessible to a larger audience.

Read More >

ART

INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation

Read More >

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio's Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Read More >

VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

YouTube Preview Image

Over on Inhabitots I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four and leading authority on the subject of green and healthy parenting, about how to keep your family safe and healthy by avoiding hidden toxins in common household products and cleaners. Dr. Greene and I chatted insecticides, autism, BPA and the risks (if any) related to soy products. I foud my chat with Dr. Greene pretty fascinating and I hope you will enjoy it. Check out our video and exclusive interview here.

READ MORE >

 

INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor…

Freeman Thomas won his first drawing competition in the first grade—it was a fire truck. Today, Thomas is credited with delivering some of the hottest designs in the automotive…

Read More >

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the…

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to…

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Ecouterre Chats with Russell Simmons About His New Cruelty-Free Fashion Line

INTERVIEW: Ecouterre Chats with Russell Simmons About His New…

It's no secret that we're big advocates of cruelty-free fashion, but we also think there's a lot of money to be made by companies who make clothes without harming animals. Well, who…

Read More >

How Do We End Our

How Do We End Our "Fast Fashion" Addiction? An Interview With…

Elizabeth L. Cline has spent over three years researching the American fast-fashion industry. The result? Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, the insightful story…

Read More >

VIDEO: Boston 'Bike Czar' Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban Cycling

VIDEO: Boston 'Bike Czar' Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban…

For years, the city of Boston has been considered one of the WORST cities in the world for biking - with no bike lanes to speak of and crazy drivers. Nicole Freedman, Boston's new 'Bike…

Read More >

5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert…

Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the…

Read More >

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle…

What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the…

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Gensler's Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

INTERVIEW: Gensler's Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and…

Gensler has more than 3,000 professionals in 41 locations around the world, and together they have managed to make quite an impact with sustainable architecture. Granted, not every…

Read More >

Pedro Kok's Video Shows Beautiful Metropol Parasol In Action in Seville

Pedro Kok's Video Shows Beautiful Metropol Parasol In Action in…

Can't get enough of the Metropol Parasol? Neither can we, and we just love this new video narrative of the urban sculpture. Filmed by Brazilian artist Pedro Kok, the short video…

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Gustavo Penna on Building the Lincoln Residence in the Highlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil

INTERVIEW: Gustavo Penna on Building the Lincoln Residence in the…

Inhabitat: How would you describe your architectural style? Gustavo: I start with the ground. In order to design, the architect has to have their feet on the ground, eyes on the…

Read More >

Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

At a West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to not only get a sneak peek of the Michelle Kaufmann mkLotus prefab house, but also to speak with the designer…

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building…

We had an opportunity to sit down with green building consultant Carl Seville, also known as the Green Building Curmudgeon for his no-nonsense look at green building and remodeling.…

Read More >

IBM's Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

IBM's Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

In our last Energy 101 column, we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious…

Read More >

VIDEO: Inhabitat Lighting Makeover - Inhabitots Editor Julie Seguss Gets a Money-Saving Light Bulb Overhaul

VIDEO: Inhabitat Lighting Makeover - Inhabitots Editor Julie Seguss…

If you read our enlightening "how to switch to LED bulbs" tutorial, you've hopefully already seen how much money and energy you can save by replacing your incandescent bulbs, but we…

Read More >

VIDEO: MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli Takes Inhabitat on a Tour of 'Talk to Me'

VIDEO: MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli Takes Inhabitat on a Tour of 'Talk…

Everyone from design nerds and art critics to tech geeks and gadget junkies has sung the praises of "Talk to Me," the Museum of Modern Art's latest special exhibit that puts technology…

Read More >

inhabitat inhabitat

Welcome to Inhabitat, your online guide to the best green design ideas, innovations and inspiration to build a cleaner, brighter, and better future.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home