INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

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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 sustainable grassroots technology. The Waterpod just launched this Saturday, and it will now dock for public viewing at various locations in Manhattan’s five boroughs. We had the chance to conduct an exclusive interview with Lonny Grafman, the project’s sustainability advisor, about this floating model of self-sufficiency.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk with Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair

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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 mission: “to generate design opportunities that will improve living standards for all “by providing an open-source platform through which anyone can view, post, share, and adapt sustainable, humanitarian-based, scalable solutions. The idea that designs and all associated documents can and should be shared within the decidedly proprietary architectural industry is truly innovative, and could very well aid in the reshaping of the entire architectural profession into a more socially-focused and responsible vocation. Read on for a full transcription of the interview.

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BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Design

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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 building industry has a profound impact on the state of our environment. But is environmental awareness really making enough inroads into the curriculum of design schools, in the places where it could potentially have the most impact on the future of the industry? While environmental design isn’t nearly as entrenched as it should be into the core curriculums of design schools, students seem to be clamoring to learn more about this topic and are demanding new classes and are shaping their own academic paths. To discuss the future of greening architecture schools, we sat down with Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia’s GSAPP, to talk about the changes currently taking place. Read on to hear what Mark Wigley has to say about sustainable design.

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

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BOOK REVIEW: KieranTimberlake Publishes Their Second Monograph, 'Inquiry'

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Green Design Predictions for 2014

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INTERVIEW: MVRDV's Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” – used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item – has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle to Cradle pioneers Michael Braungart and William McDonough, and in their new book The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance they take the concept beyond the simple reuse of materials and propose a world in which everything we do improves the environment. The much-anticipated follow-up to their breakthrough book Cradle to Cradle, The Upcycle will hit the shelves on April 16th, and we got a chance to check the book out ahead of its release – read on for a first look!

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HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Vegan Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

Inhabitots’ adorable lil’ pâtissier, Petey, is back again for another sweet how-to baking installment – but this time he’s got raw, vegan almond cranberry cookies on his menu! A delicious and healthy alternative to sugar laden cookies and cakes, this yummy recipe is a cinch to make and only requires a handful of ingredients and a food processor. But best of all? You don’t even have to bake them! Quick, fun, and packed full of anti-oxidants and healthy nut oils, this recipe is a sure-fire winner that will be devoured in seconds! Jump ahead for the recipe!



BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers - A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

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EVolo Magazine has made a name for itself with its annual skyscraper competition, which started in 2006. Since then there have been over 4,000 submissions arriving from across the planet, seemingly covering just about every imaginable design parameter when it comes to vertical construction. Their book, EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS, is a selection of 300 of the best projects spanning six chapters and a hefty 1,223 pages. If you’re an aficionado of futurism in building design, then this is the decisive book on one of the largest scale human interfaces with the environment — the skyscraper.

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5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

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5 Tips for a Green Home Remodel from Eco Architect Sarah Susanka

While conjuring up comfort in the home seems like a basic principle, it’s a far more complex process for architect & remodeling guru Sarah Susanka, who believes that comfort can significantly influence the sustainability of your personal abode. With her mantra of “build better, not bigger,” Susanka promotes quality over quantity when remodeling a home. Through transforming your living space into a more beautiful and comfortable environment, Susanka says that any home’s occupants will automatically take better care of their space in a more sustainable way. We sat down with Susanka to get the low-down on how to do more with less when revamping your space.

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you’re worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you’re at it! We’ve enlisted the help of green energy expert Steve Schappert to take eco-fashion blogger and author Starre Vartan through a home energy audit and winter weatherization home makeover. Watch the video above to find out where Starre’s home was lacking when it came to energy efficiency, and learn how you can pinpoint and remedy similar problems in your own home.

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VIDEO: How To Make Yummy Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

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Pumpkin pie might be tried and true, but if you want to make a unique fall treat that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe, check out our scrumptious vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffin cupcakes! Our resident pâtissier, the incredibly adorable Petey Rojas, takes you through the steps, which are so easy that a 3 year old could master them (and we have the video to prove it). So what are you waiting for? Make these delicious vegan treats today!



INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore's Green Mark Building Certification System

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore's Green…

If you're a regular Inhabitat reader, you're probably already familiar with LEED, BREEAM, Passivhaus and even LBC, but there's another green building certification program that you…

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief…

Automotive designer J Mays has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company. Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family's auto parts store at an early…

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global…

Few designers get the opportunity to define a brand as prominent as Ford, but for the last 16 years, J Mays has been the driving design force behind the vehicles coming off the car…

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