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

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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 furnishings anywhere. From a starkly minimalist steel and wood bench to a printed bedframe so seductive it was too sexy for an SF magazine’s sex issue, David Pierce tries everything. And succeeds.

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

by , 07/29/11
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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. We caught up with her last fall to find out more about her eco baby boutique, The Little Seed. See what she had to say in our video!

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

by , 07/28/11

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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 eyeglasses. The book is chock full of ways to transform what you might consider junk into useful, inspiring and fun-to-make items. Tiffany was kind enough to share her instructions for the eyeglass picture frame with us – hit the jump to make a version of your own!

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

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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 conversation about the topic, the seasoned designers decided to take matters into their own hands and create GUILDED. We spoke to them about this new educational institute, which seeks to redefine the way the fashion industry educates itself about sustainability, with everything from a whole new set of standardized vocabulary, to customizable “sustainable fashion bootcamps” for small business owners and designers. Click below to see what they shared with us!

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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 world’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturers, but we also made a conscious decision to spice up the Greener Gadgets dialog with artists, educators and environmental advocates. Nowhere was this diversity better represented than in the Greener Gadgets opening keynote presentation from environmental artist Chris Jordan. Although our short video sadly doesn’t do justice to Jordan’s massive, mind-boggling photographs, (which take up entire walls in galleries), the video provides insight into the vision behind the art, and the innovative method Jordan uses to visualize statistics as fine art.

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BOOK REVIEW: The National Parks: Our American Landscape

by , 07/18/11
filed under: Art, global warming, Interviews

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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 beauty of the American backdrop. Shive’s photography offers a fresh outlook on nature, making a hairy tarantula in the Chihuahuan Desert featured in an extreme close-up, appear as a dazzling wild gem, and depicting a giant Sequoia Tree as it reaches deep into the sky, its branches blending with the stars. In the book’s collection of 200+ photographs, Shive manages to both capture the magnificence of too grand for words settings while enabling the viewer to interact with the environment and process moments in time on an individual level.

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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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INTERVIEW: Paul Kephart of Rana Creek

INTERVIEW: Paul Kephart of Rana Creek

As far as green roof designers go, you can't get much more committed or accomplished than the team at Rana Creek. While their name often gets partially eclipsed by the names of their…

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VIDEO: Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe Talks Reclaiming Design

VIDEO: Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe Talks Reclaiming Design

In 2007, Inhabitat put together an event about recycling and reuse in design, called Reclaiming Design. This event at HauteGREEN in New York was a big success, thanks to the…

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BOOK REVIEW: Just Food by James E. McWilliams

BOOK REVIEW: Just Food by James E. McWilliams

James E. McWilliams seems like he may be a big bummer at a lot of cocktail parties. You can tell, because the introduction to his book Just Food is continually defensive. "My goal here…

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Sees Green at BKLYN Designs

VIDEO: Inhabitat Sees Green at BKLYN Designs

If you read Inhabitat, you know that we're huge fans of BKLYN Designs, the annual furniture exhibition that takes place in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This year, we were saddened that the show did…

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VIDEO: Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child

VIDEO: Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child

Mary Lou Jepsen's keynote presentation of One Laptop Per Child at our Greener Gadgets conference a few years back was without a doubt one of the highlights of the event. The OLPC…

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INTERVIEW: Designer Hugh Hayden and His Amazing Recycled Tennis Ball Furniture

INTERVIEW: Designer Hugh Hayden and His Amazing Recycled Tennis Ball…

We love being on hand for spring design shows because they offer rare up close and personal access to the designers we mostly admire from afar the rest of the year. Last year, we were…

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