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: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

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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

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 are valuable learning experiences. But an even better way to learn is not from your own mistakes — but from the mistakes of others. Get a business leg-up by following the wisdom that RockPaperRobot learned the hard way: You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time.

Makers of awesome magnetic/floating furniture, kinetic lighting, and dynamic installations, RockPaperRobot is an acclaimed “engineering boutique” building ingenious, physics-defying design pieces that have been wowing design-aficionados and growing a loyal fan base for their unique creations. But the road to success wasn’t so easy for founders Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida, and they have one very important bit of advice to share with their fellow entrepreneurs — a lesson they learned on the road to success: You can’t always do it all. Watch their American Express Inside Successful Small Business video above for their story, and keep reading to learn more about this inspiring design/engineering duo.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

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We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it’s also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its opportunities, and how it can be maximized to produce even more sustainable, affordable, and high-quality structures. Toby Long, of CleverHomes, has been one of prefab’s pioneers with the MiniHome and NowHouse. I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss the prefab “movement,” and how he sees it maturing in the future.

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

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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 brain of aptandlofts.com founder and Brooklyn native David Maundrell about his elegant new Cobble Hill storefront, the demand for green homes in New York City and the Brooklyn Brownstone boom. Read on for his thoughts and to see photos of the space’s double-height, brick-walled interior.

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

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA's Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

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

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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 Executive Director of Added Value, sees urban farming as more than a local food source. He sees the cultivation of plants on urban land as a way to foster sustainable development for cities across the globe. Added Value has two farms in New York City and through their youth programs they are bringing up a new generation of conscious, thoughtful, sustainably oriented citizens.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

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INHABITAT: What inspired you to write 'Cradle to Cradle' (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing…

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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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