VIDEO: Ecouterre’s Favorite Looks From the Designers & Agents Green Room

A few months ago, Ecouterre set up shop inside the Green Room, a carefully curated space dedicated to emerging eco-fashion labels at the Designers and Agents show in NYC. Join the Ecouterre editors and experience the fashions first hand, from breezy organic dresses to elegant jewelry made from recycled soda bottles. Enjoy!

 

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INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

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Ray Anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, he’s also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. In 1995, Anderson embarked on a mission to remove Interface Inc.‘s impact on the Earth completely. Below, we talk to the carpet mogul about his new book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, and explore the story behind his quest for sustainability.

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VIDEO: A Look Back at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and The Green Cars We Loved

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Last year I had the good fortune to attend the North American International Auto Show (or NAIAS) in Detroit – for the first time – and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I had never attended an auto show before, but I’ve heard that most SUV-focused auto shows of years past have not been very interesting to people who care about green cars, like me. However, 2011 was the year of the electric car! From super-sexy hybrid race cars (from Porsche), to a retina-searing electric yellow sports cars (from Mercedes), to practical electric commuter cars (like the Ford Focus EV and Ford C-MAX Hybrid), nearly every major car manufacturer at the Detroit Auto Show unveiled a new electric car or a new hybrid. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the show, happily we shot a video of my favorite new electric cars – check it out above, and stay tuned as we bring you a video of the hottest green vehicles from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in the next few days!

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Top 6 Inhabitat Interviews of 2011 - Vote for Your Favorite!

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From world-renowned architects to nuclear power advocates, Inhabitat interviewed dozens of inspiring individuals this year. We sat down with Yann Weymouth of HOK to learn more about the stunning hurricane-resistant Salvador Dali Museum in Florida, and we had the chance to talk to Juergen Mayer H. about creating Spain’s Metropol Parasol, the world’s largest wooden structure. Plus, we interviewed the winning 2011 Solar Decathlon team and talked to the great minds behind New York City’s High Line — just to name a few. To hear more from architects and designers at the forefront of sustainability, check out our most popular interviews from 2011 below — and be sure to vote for your favorite!

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INTERVIEW: Gensler's Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asia's Tallest Skyscraper

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In 2008 Gensler broke ground on the sustainable Shanghai Tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. The tower is currently in construction and it’s one of three supertall buildings in Pudong, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. The elegant structure spirals up to the sky, and once it is completed in 2014 it will become the second tallest tower in the world — only second to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 632 meter tall structure is a testament to both modern architecture and the potential of engineering, and it also sets a precedent for sustainable super structures. The tower will take the form of nine cylindrical buildings stacked atop each other, enclosed by layers of glass, and hosting public space for visitors including atriums, gardens, cafes, restaurants, retail space, a hotel, and 360-degree views of the city. The building will also include a rainwater recycling system and a series of wind turbines able to generate up to 350,000 kWh of electricity per year. But most notably, the tower’s glass façade was designed specifically to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%, which means that fewer construction materials are needed (including 25% less structural steel). We recently spoke to Gensler‘s Chris Chan, Design Director and member of the tower’s design team, who gave us some insight on what it has taken to get the Shanghai Tower built, and how Building Information Modeling (BIM) has played a crucial role from concept to construction. Jump ahead for our fascinating interview with Chris!

 

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

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Here at Inhabitat we’re suckers for the Solar Decathlon — the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National Mall in Washington DC to see who can design and build the best solar-powered home. This year’s Solar Decathlon was a nail-biter of a competition, but it was the University of Maryland team which ultimately triumphed over all the other teams with an elegant, water-conservation focused home called WaterShed. We were fascinated by this beautiful winning home, and sat down with project design lead and student designer David Gavin to find out more about how the house came together. David is a second year Masters of Architecture student at the University of Maryland and he’s dreamed of being a Solar Decathlon contender since before he started school. Read on for our insider interview with Gavin as he explains the design of the award-winning home, and how his team utilized Building Information Modeling to streamline the design and construction processes.

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VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve been having Solar Decathlon withdrawal since the biennial design-build competition ended at the beginning of the month. We’re still buzzing with excitement from the amazing student designed-homes that 19 collegiate teams displayed on the National Mall in Washington D.C., and in our latest video, we take an in-depth look at our three favorite solar-powered prefab homes that battled it out for the crown of the 2011 Solar Decathlon! Even if you already know who won the competition, check out our video to see the race to the finish line for Team Maryland‘s graceful green-roofed WaterShed homeOhio State‘s elegant enCORE house, and SCI-Arc and Caltech‘s innovative inside-out CHIP House. Watch the video to find out which team reigned supreme!

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VIDEO: DOE's Solar Decathlon Design Competition Kicks Off in Washington DC

by , 10/04/11

The 2011 Solar Decathalon student design-build competition is on and the Inhabiteam had a chance to explore the innovative solar-powered homes that are currently duking it out at the National Mall in Washington DC. We marveled at the design students’ ingenuity and their drive to create the best prefab solar homes on the planet, showing the public that solar power can be accessible, affordable, and as architect and Solar Decathlon judge Michelle Kaufmann said, “inspiring”. Watch our exclusive video to check out all of the striking exteriors, ingeniously designed interiors and hidden secrets — think, moving walls!

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VIDEO: Leanne Marshall’s Spring 2012 Line Banks On Girlish Sophistication at New York Fashion Week

by , 09/23/11

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You probably best remember Leanne Marshall as Project Runway’s season 5 winner. But since her glorious victory, Leanne has leapt to new heights, recently showing off her Spring/Summer 2012 line at New York Fashion Week. Her sophisticated collection exudes her brand of youthful elegance with flowy feminine dresses and classic evening wear fashioned from traditional silk, hemp silk, bamboo jersey, and organic cotton. Click ahead for an exclusive peek at her beautiful pieces.

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VIDEO: Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2012 Runway Show at New York Fashion Week

by , 09/21/11

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Based on their burly beards and lumberjack outfits, you’d be loathe to think that Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra were romantics. But they certainly proved us wrong with their Spring/Summer 2012 collection filled with ice-blue Grecian gowns and Georgia O’Keefe-inspired floral prints – it was love at first sigh! We were on the scene at their fashion show for New York Fashion Week – check out our exclusive video if you missed it!

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Our Editors Share their Favorite Picks at D&A Eco-Fashion!

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As the exclusive media sponsor of the Green Room, an eco-focused space within premiere fashion trade show Designers & Agents, we were thrilled to see some of top designers in eco-fashion all in one space. Although we were technically ‘working’ at D&A, the bright and cheery Green Room looked so much like an eco-fashionista’s dream boutique, complete with bubblegummy eco-art and elegant furnishings by Uhuru, that we couldn’t help but want to go shopping! And we did! From ruffly sweet sweater dresses to sleek silver recycled tyvek tops, we tried on so much eco-goodness that we knew we had to share our favorite looks with you. So without further ado, here are our favorite new green styles from the D&A trade show – modeled of course, by yours truly….

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BOOK REVIEW: Ecological Design - 10th Anniversary

by , 08/22/11

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Every design-minded citizen loves a coffee table book with glossy photography and eye-catching projects. But every now and then, it’s nice to see a book about green design that takes a more in-depth, perhaps even academic approach to the rich, always evolving and ever-exciting field of ecological design. Few people know their stuff like Sim Van Der Ryn, who initially published Ecological Design in 1996, and has arguably been one of the grandfathers of green design, designing sustainably for the past 35 years. The book argues that in order to create a more sustainable world, our products, buildings, landscapes, and cities, need to be designed with a greater understanding of ecology. Read on to see what we thought of the 10th anniversary edition of this insightful text which is still relevant even though several more years have already passed.

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VIDEO: Ecouterre and Hessnatur Ask What's in Your Eco-Fashion Closet?

Want to see how some of eco-fashion’s top designers and thought leaders wear sustainable style? Check out this video of Ecouterre and Hessnatur’s panel discussion on the future of green fashion. Not only will you get a glimpse at what green fashionistas like Jill Fehrenbacher and Summer Rayne Oakes are wearing, you’ll also sneak a peak at the conversation behind where sustainable fashion is today and where it is headed tomorrow.

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Interview With Lauren Bush on the FEED Shop-in-Shop at Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC

by , 08/16/11
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In May FEED Projects and the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in New York City launched a shop-within-a-shop to feed hungry children and support disaster-relief efforts in Japan. FEED, which is well known for their humanitarian efforts, has set a new plan in action in partnership with Little Cupcake to give a portion of its proceeds to charity for every FEED Japan bag, T-shirt, teddy bear, or carbon-neutral baked good sold. Star-studded with sustainably minded people, at the event we were able to batch up with FEED co-founder Lauren Bush to find out more about the collaboration, what made her want to use fashion to help the world and more!

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INTERVIEW: Ian Garrett Compares the Culture of COP 16 and 15

by , 08/06/11
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There were a range of factors that made COP16 different than its predecessor COP15. For one, it was held in a tropical paradise as opposed to a frozen northern metropolis. But more changed: the organization of the event, the layout of it, the expectation. For COP15 we talked to Ian Garrett of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts to get his perspective on the arts and culture surrounding the talks. For COP16, he’s traveling with Inhabitat writer Moe Beitiks, who went ahead and picked his brain. Read on to learn about art, climate change, Conferences of Parties, and the very real role that logistics play in last year’s talks!

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INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design

INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design

If you haven't yet heard of OHIO, it's time. Founded by David Pierce, the San Francisco-based design studio is turning out some of the most stunning, innovative and diverse modern…

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VIDEO: Soleil Moon Frye of Punky Brewster Fame Tells Us About Her Eco Baby Boutique

VIDEO: Soleil Moon Frye of Punky Brewster Fame Tells Us About Her Eco…

You may know her as Punky Brewster, but actress Soleil Moon Frye has grown out of the pigtails and into a successful entrepreneur and spokesperson for sustainable products and beauty.…

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We Check Out Tiffany Threadgould's New Book Remake It! And Share a Free DIY Crafting Tutorial

We Check Out Tiffany Threadgould's New Book Remake It! And Share a…

We recently got our hands on a copy of Tiffany Threadgould's new book, ReMake It!, which is filled with recycled DIY goodness including this clever picture frame made from a pair of…

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Interview: We Talk to Tara St. James and Bahar Shahpar About Their New Sustainable Fashion Institute Guilded

Interview: We Talk to Tara St. James and Bahar Shahpar About Their New…

Tara St. James and Bahar Shahpar are no strangers to the challenges designers face when producing sustainable and ethical fashion. Frustrated by the industry's seemingly stagnant…

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VIDEO: Eco-Artist Chris Jordan on Green Tech and Art

VIDEO: Eco-Artist Chris Jordan on Green Tech and Art

Our 2008 Greener Gadgets Conference featured speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Not only did we invite inventors, engineers, and representatives from the…

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BOOK REVIEW: The National Parks: Our American Landscape

BOOK REVIEW: The National Parks: Our American Landscape

Education is the key to conservation, and Ian Shive's photographs in The National Parks: Our American Landscape enlighten viewers with a rare, adrenaline-filled look at the phenomenal…

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Architect Chad Oppenheim on Sustainable Architecture

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Architect Chad Oppenheim on Sustainable Architecture

In this video interview Miami architect Chad Oppenheim - designer of the stunning green COR Tower for Miami -  talks about the changing real estate market, the construction economy…

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Henrik Fisker, Founder of Fisker Automotive and Designer of the Karma

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Henrik Fisker, Founder of Fisker…

Car designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker made his name in the car industry designing the highest of the high-end luxury cars for BMW and Aston Martin. After making waves in the auto…

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VIDEO: Unplugged on a Rug Hosts a Green Play Date for Eco Kids

VIDEO: Unplugged on a Rug Hosts a Green Play Date for Eco Kids

Every kid needs to get out of the house and interact with other children once in a while, and those occasions are great times to introduce them to green group play. If you live in NY,…

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VIDEO: Photo Artist Chris Jordan on Greener Gadgets

VIDEO: Photo Artist Chris Jordan on Greener Gadgets

Following his inspiring keynote at the first ever Greener Gadgets Conference, we were lucky enough to sit down one-on-one with photographic artist Chris Jordan to talk about his work,…

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VIDEO: Human Breast Milk Cheese Comes to NYC With the Lady Cheese Shop

VIDEO: Human Breast Milk Cheese Comes to NYC With the Lady Cheese Shop…

If you came across cheese made from human breast milk - would you eat it? That's exactly the question that was posed to passersby at Artist Miriam Simun's "Lady Cheese Shop." We were on…

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VIDEO: Inhabitat's Green Tour of BKLYN Designs

VIDEO: Inhabitat's Green Tour of BKLYN Designs

It's hard to capture all of the excitement and inspiration of the work of BKLYN Designs in words and photos alone - which is why we're thrilled to bring you a video tour of our…

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VIDEO: The Inhabitat Editors Chat About Sustainability With YOU!

VIDEO: The Inhabitat Editors Chat About Sustainability With YOU!

WHAT'S NEXT IN GREEN TECH? WHY IS GREEN SO EXPENSIVE? WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR INHABITAT? These are the questions that you asked us back in October 2009, as we harnessed the…

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: GreenShows Pop-Up at Bloomingdales NYC Highlights Eco-Fashion

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: GreenShows Pop-Up at Bloomingdales NYC Highlights…

Eco-fashion is heading full speed into the mainstream scene in a big way here in NYC. This past Earth Day, Bloomingdales hosted The GreenShows EcoLux Pop-Up Shop, showcasing some of…

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VIDEO: Portable Gadgets that Generate Renewable Energy

VIDEO: Portable Gadgets that Generate Renewable Energy

Ever wished you could charge your cell phones and laptop on the go - in your car, on a train, or just walking around? There are many new gadgets that have come on the market for mobile…

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