Yuka Yoneda

 

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can make stuff here, you can make stuff anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking

The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking

Sometimes the most well-designed and useful objects are the ones you hardly notice at all. Case in point: bike bollards. You've probably encountered a bollard at one time or another (they look

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PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

Almost one billion people on Earth have no access to clean drinking water, and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a

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Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Costa Rican Rainforest Canopy

Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Costa Rican Rainforest Canopy

Finca Bellavista is located in a relatively pristine part of Costa Rica far removed from the hubbub of the outside world. The nearest town is 1.5 miles away and has just a school, a church, a

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Meet the Tiny House Family Who Built an Amazing Mini Home for Just $12,000

Meet the Tiny House Family Who Built an Amazing Mini Home for Just $12,000

The Tiny House Family recently went on Anderson Cooper. As you can see, the actual-size outline of their home in black is even smaller than the show's stage! INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little

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Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Namba Parks was conceived when Osaka Stadium closed down, presenting a great redevelopment opportunity for a new commercial district right next to the Namba Train Station, which is just one stop

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The Easy Trick That Turns Your Regular Blender into a Magic Bullet Smoothie Machine

The Easy Trick That Turns Your Regular Blender into a Magic Bullet Smoothie Machine

Want to make individual smoothies and juices for everyone in the family without having to shell out dough for a special blender? Check out this DIY video for an easy trick that will save you

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Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House was designed by raumlaborkorea (with the help of the community), and celebrated its grand opening last month. But it isn't technically "complete" - and that's the whole point!

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Vertical Urban Camping is a 5 Floor Prefab Place to Pitch a Tent

Vertical Urban Camping is a 5 Floor Prefab Place to Pitch a Tent

"Camping is defined as getting away from an urban area, and enjoying nature, spending one or two nights in a location. As such, the phrase urban camping contradicts itself. Urban camping

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First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York

First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York

Mushrooms aren't just for eating anymore. Biotect David Benjamin and his firm, The Living, recently completed their latest project - the world's first tower made of fungus bricks - at MoMA PS1

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

If you've always dreamed of having a little herb garden in your kitchen, here's a video DIY from our friend Summer Rayne Oakes that can bring that fantasy to fruition today. Follow along as

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Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Calling all designers, architects and visionaries! FIGMENT is now accepting submissions for its 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. They're looking for creative, forward-thinking designs

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Beautiful Tiered Treehouse Looks Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

Beautiful Tiered Treehouse Looks Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

This charming tiered treehouse might have you thinking you'd been transported to the Orient, but it's actually located on the other side of the globe in upstate New York. Built by Luderowski

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Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

The term "emergency housing" can have a negative connotation, conjuring up images of FEMA trailers or makeshift tents offering very few creature comforts. Fortunately, New York City and Garrison

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NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Gets Decked Out with Recycled Furniture

NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Gets Decked Out with Recycled Furniture

Care for a side of recycled furniture with that burger? Famed New York burger chain Shake Shack recently opened its latest branch in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and it features tables and other furnishings

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Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day

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Archaeologists Unearth “Elixer of Long Life” Bottle from Beneath NYC

Archaeologists Unearth “Elixer of Long Life” Bottle from Beneath NYC

Is booze the secret to longevity? Archaeologists excavating a site in Manhattan's Chinatown recently came upon a green bottle that once contained the "Elixir of Long Life." The researchers are

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What is a “Cotel” and What Does It Mean for the Future of Travel?

What is a “Cotel” and What Does It Mean for the Future of Travel?

"Cotel" is still a relatively new buzzword, but the unique concept is slowly picking up steam. An amalgam of the words "collaborative" and "hotel", the new accommodation paradigm was introduced

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Jeff Koons’s Over-Sized Chia Pet Rises at Rockefeller Center

Jeff Koons’s Over-Sized Chia Pet Rises at Rockefeller Center

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Those of us familiar with the popular jingle will be excited to learn that acclaimed artist Jeff Koons will soon be unveiling what looks like a sort of over-sized Chia pet at

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Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

Anyone who feels that fitting a library into a 240-sq-ft apartment would be impossible needs to check out this ambitious Manhattan studio. Designed by architect Tim Seggerman, the tiny space

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Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Photograph by Norman McGrath Why buy a couch, chairs, a bed, tables and storage units when you could just build yourself a set of Superstairs like the ones architect Dennis Holloway came up

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MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

Floor-to-ceiling windows: They're a good thing in theory, but finding window coverings to fit them can be a huge "pane" in the "glass"! Especially when you only have one floor-to-ceiling window

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Please Help Save This Colony of Cats

Please Help Save This Colony of Cats

A colony of cats in Plumb Beach, Brooklyn has been tagged for demolition, and local animal rights activists are working to save them or to at least buy a little time to find them new homes. The

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PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

It may seem like Hurricane Sandy was quite a while ago now, but many people are still displaced after losing their homes in the storm. In order to make sure the city is better prepared for

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to

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Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

A modern-day Noah's Ark has popped up at a park in Queens, New York. The overturned boat sculpture made of recycled materials was designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold with the purpose

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Brighten Up Father’s Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

Brighten Up Father’s Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

  Does your dad have a collection of CDs that's just sitting there collecting dust? Author and DIY expert Tiffany Threadgould recently shared this bright idea about how to turn those

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8 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts for the Procrastinator’s Papa

8 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts for the Procrastinator’s Papa

Do you and your dad share a love of nature? If so, honor him by sending the Nature Conservancy a donation in his name. He'll receive a Father's Day eCard with one of three designs inspired by

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