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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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
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
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
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
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
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!
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
BIG U: A Day in the Life from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. "The Big U is an example of what we call Social Infrastructure," said Bjarke Ingels, BIG's Founding Partner. "The High Line shows how
There's been a great deal of talk about how we can fortify areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and make them more resilient, but now some of those ideas are a step closer to reality. For Long
Entomophagy, the consumption of insects as food, has been gaining popularity, and last week Inhabitat stopped by an event where curious New Yorkers were trying out the trend and tasting some
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