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!

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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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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Joinless Founder Ben Davis About How Buying Less Crap Can Make Us Happier

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Have you ever felt like the objects you own actually own you? If so, maybe you should join Joinless, the world’s first open source brand. Joinless is based on the idea that we shouldn’t allow our obsession with possessions rule us and that we can actually be happier than we’ve ever been with less stuff. We recently got the chance to talk to Joinless’ founder Ben Davis about this fascinating anti-brand, which might be the only one ever to insist that you not spend money on them.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term ‘biomimicry‘ and laid the groundwork for an emerging discipline that looks for innovative solutions to pressing global problems by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Since her book’s release more than 15 years ago, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry research through numerous initiatives, including Biomimicry 3.8 — an amazing organization providing business consulting, professional training, and education on what humans can learn from the genius of nature that surrounds us. Though biomimetics is technically not a new idea, the relevance of this field has become increasingly apparent over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most successful and time-tested designers, and we have much to learn from her. Watch our video above to hear from biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus as she chats with us about some of the incredible innovations that have come from Biomimicry, such as velcro, solar power, and more-efficient wind turbines.

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy's David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

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2013’s government shutdown didn’t stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and combat climate change. Leading the efforts to ensure that America continues to lead in the global clean energy race, is Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Dr. David Danielson. With a diverse background as a clean energy venture capitalist, and the first program director at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Danielson brings a wealth of both private and public sector experience to EERE. Danielson recently talked with us about the work his office is doing on making the building industry and federal government more sustainable and transitioning the nation to a clean energy economy.

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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 began in the U.S. in October of 2012, and 40 and 60 watt incandescent light-bulbs were just phased out this week, on January 1st. Despite what some people have been calling it, it is really less of a “ban” and more of a gradual phase-out of outdated, obsolete energy-guzzling incandescent bulbs, which encourages retailers to start stocking the latest high-tech, low energy light bulbs. Despite the fact that this has been happening for quite some time now, many people still don’t know much about it. We consider it our mission at Inhabitat to help! A little while ago, we brought you a fun-filled article all about this important new federal law, but if for some reason you haven’t read our handy guide yet, or just prefer old-fashioned face time, we’ve made it even easier for you to digest the most crucial facts behind the light bulb phase-out (what it is, who it affects) with our new video explaining how to swap your bulbs.

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VIDEO: 6 Smart Home Products Which Will Cut Your Energy Bill

Feeling the pinch when it comes time to pay your monthly bills? Lucky for you there are a few simple steps you can take to cut down your energy costs. With just a few simple and inexpensive products – some of which you probably even already have in your home – you can potentially to knock hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars off your annual energy bill. On top of that, a home that is energy efficient can also dramatically transform how you and your family live by creating a comfortable space that promotes both health and well-being. Watch our video guide above and learn about these 6 smart, simple and affordable home products that will leave you with lower heating bills, a pocket full of cash saved, and a house full of happy inhabitants!

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INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

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Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

While having a lot of heart can certainly bring your business to great heights, at the end of the day you’ll still need customers to keep your doors open. Eco-beauty line Om Aroma & Co.‘s founder Angela Jia Kim had found success when she opened her first retail shop in New York’s hip neighborhood of Chelsea. But this eco-entrepreneur didn’t want to stop there and she decided to expand her efforts to the city’s swanky West Village. After sinking much of her savings and time into creating the new space, Angela cut the ribbon of her West Village store. But almost immediately upon opening her shop, she was awash with panic, quickly realizing that this quiet, mostly residential neighborhood was far from a shopper’s paradise. Three days in and just two customers to her credit, Angela feared that she had a made a horrible decision. But rather than throwing her hands up in failure, she quickly went looking for a solution. “When you experience something that you think you will be a failure, and you deal with it head on, something magical can come out of that if you just keep at it,” she says. Angela put her ear to the ground and tuned into what her West Village clients were looking for. From there she completely revamped her business model to create a luxurious spa destination and retail shop with all the trimmings. Today her shop and spa is frequented by everyone from Hollywood celebs to neighborhood moms. Watch Angela’s American Express Inside Successful Small Business video above to hear her  inspiring story, and if you’re an eco-entrepreneur like her, know that you shouldn’t get down if things go off course. Follow her tip: If your business plan isn’t working, change it.

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

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Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing buildings by 50 percent before 2030. To help hit those targets, he has just publicly launched a unique new initiative called the 2030 Palette—a robust, visually oriented, online design tool that strives to help design low-impact, people friendly built environments from buildings to cities. We visited Mazria’s offices in Santa Fe, where we spoke with him in-depth about the new website, his work, and how sustainable development can save us from the worst climate change has to offer.

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar Talks to Us About Sustainable Product Design

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The designer behind the One Laptop Per Child Project, Yves Behar is truly a world-class designer, balancing aesthetics, function, and socially-based initiatives. Founder and principal designer of FuseProject, he also happens to be the Chair of the Industrial Design Department at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. Recently, he facilitated a design studio in which Industrial Design students partnered with South Korean cell phone manufacturer Pantech to design new cell-phone models, taking on the future of mobile communications and addressing the idea of emotional networking. I had a chance to speak to Yves about the studio, sustainability, and more…

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

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BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

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Dos Toros' Leo and Oliver Kremer Explain Why Businesses Need to Put Values Before Growth and Expand at Their Own Pace

It’s a known statistic that more than 90% of restaurants fail within their first year of operation. But what is it about the other 10% that keeps them afloat? As Leo and Oliver Kremer, the founders of NYC’s Dos Toros will tell you, it’s not only about providing a delicious product, but it’s about making the most of what you have and keeping true to your vision. Dos Toros first opened in 2009, and, by chance, received a review by the New York Times that brought them a flurry of new customers and critical acclaim. Just a few months after that, their customer base had grown so rapidly that they started to think about opening a second location. But it wasn’t as easy as just scouting a new spot. Leo and Oliver knew that by opening a new location, they’d also be putting half of their brand at risk. “The risks of growing too quickly are greater than the risks of growing too slowly,” says Leo. “If you grow too quickly, the whole thing will die.” The duo decided that they would only expand as fast as they could do it well, and this meant keeping their core values close and making sure that these ideals were apparent in each and every new store they would open. With this smart and admirable business plan, today the Kremer brothers count three locations in Manhattan and one restaurant in Brooklyn. So, their best piece of advice for small business entrepreneurs? Expand at your own pace.

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INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct's Founder Joost Van Brug

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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

Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Business Tips -…

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…

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe…

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

Interview: David Maundrell of aptsandlofts.com Discusses the Demand…

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…

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

INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable…

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create? LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of…

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

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

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…

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First…

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer…

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

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

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…

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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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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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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

Typically, on Inhabitat, we call a prefab home one that is mostly manufactured in a factory setting, but Koones expands the definition to include any home built with prefabricated…

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INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

If you live in New York City, you may soon have the chance to check out the Waterpod, an incredible self-reliant eco-habitat, exhibition, and living space designed to showcase…

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INTERVIEW: We Talk with Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair

INTERVIEW: We Talk with Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron…

A few years ago, I sat down with Cameron Sinclair to talk about his recently-launched Open Architecture Network. He describes it as a "gift to the design community" with a simple…

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BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Design

BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Design

The Nano House follows up on Richardson's XS book series about small home design - the author clearly feels comfortable with the exploration of the very small. The volume slips into…

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INTERVIEW: Mark Wigley on Greening Architecture Schools

INTERVIEW: Mark Wigley on Greening Architecture Schools

Buildings account for almost half (48%) of all greenhouse-gas emissions annually. This oft-repeated statistic highlights what many architects and designers have long realized: the…

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INTERVIEW: NuClic Founder David Kim Shares His Green Flooring Tips with Inhabitat

INTERVIEW: NuClic Founder David Kim Shares His Green Flooring Tips…

INHABITAT: Why did you decide to start Nuclic? David: I've always considered myself a creative person and having studied at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), I have surrounded myself…

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