Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
Inhabitat was started by NYC designer Jill Fehrenbacher as a forum for investigating emerging trends in product, interior, and architectural design. Managing Editor Mike Chino leads the editorial team, while Laura Mordas-Schenkein assists with daily business operations. The rest of the team is made up of the best design editors and writers from all over the world: Yuka Yoneda (New York Editor), Tafline Laylin (News and Features Editor), Kristine Lofgren (News Editor), Lucy Wang (Design Editor), Jasmin Malik Chua (Copy Editor and Fashion Editor at Ecouterre) and Beth Shea (Kids and Wellness Editor).
THE INHABITAT TEAM
JILL FEHRENBACHER – Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Jill is the founder of Inhabitat, as well as a LEED-AP green designer and green design consultant based in New York City. She created Inhabitat in the Spring of 2005 as a way to catalog her search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Columbia University, where she pursued a Masters of Architecture, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has been good for her obsession with rooftop farming and vegan fast food restaurants.
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MIKE CHINO – Managing Editor
As managing editor, Mike shapes Inhabitat’s editorial vision and directs the team to produce timely, engaging coverage of designs that make the world a better place. Mike graduated with honors in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and in the past he has written for Engadget, Ecouterre, and Readymade Magazine. As an editor, writer and photographer Mike has traveled the globe charting groundbreaking developments in the field of design – from ICFF to Biennale Interieur, Dwell on Design, and auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York. When he’s not online Mike likes to bike, hike, surf and build things.
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YUKA YONEDA – Managing Editor, Inhabitat NYC
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 there, 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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JASMIN MALIK CHUA – Ecouterre Editor
A 14-year veteran of the publishing industry, Jasmin joins Ecouterre from TreeHugger, where she wrote about sustainable fashion and beauty. She has an M.S. in biomedical journalism from New York University—she was a founding fellow of the literary reportage program—and a B.S. in animal biology from the National University of Singapore.
In addition to stories published in online and print publications like Alive, Plenty, The Huffington Post, and Sprig, Jasmin has been quoted as a green expert by such publications and outlets as The New York Times, BBC Radio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and People. Jasmin was previously a copy editor for Computer Shopper and PRINT. (She still reads style guides for fun.)
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BETH SHEA – Inhabitots Managing Editor
Beth is the Managing Editor of Inhabitots, and the writer and founder of Petite Planet, a blog which focuses on eco-friendly living for families, and informs parents of the best “green” choices for their children and our planet. After earning her B.A. in Creative Writing from The University of Arizona, she explored the world as a travel and spa writer, reporting for multiple newspaper and magazine publications. After having her daughter, Beth swapped airline miles and body wraps for long stroller walks and quick showers. Beth loves writing and editing for several parenting and eco based websites while reporting from the home front with firsthand accounts of raising her son and daughter. There’s a humorous memoir brewing in her daily, which will most likely have to wait to find its way to the page until her kids leave for college.
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LAURA MORDAS SCHENKEIN – Editorial Project Manager
Laura is a LEED accredited Feng Shui consultant based in Rhinebeck, New York. Her background in psychology and passion for ecological design led her to the study of the built environment and its profound effect on our physical and emotional well-being. Her sustainable roots began on a Hudson Valley farm, and since then she has contributed research and writing to various publications, including Clean Plates.com. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and meditative hiking, with big dreams of someday running a bed and breakfast in the countryside.
CHARLIE RADKA – Operations Assistant
Charlie is an artist by passion and an economist by training. After graduating from McGill University, Montreal with a B.A. in economics, Charlie moved to San Francisco to obtain a MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. Her love for writing and study of environmental economics came together at the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where she contributed to research on the economic valuation of biodiversity as a means creating incentive measures for conservation. She has spent her life so far divided equally between Bangkok, Paris, Montreal, and the United States.
TAFLINE LAYLIN – News and Features Editor
After receiving her B.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Tafline led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America. It soon dawned on her that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.
So she has picked up her mighty pen to bring better exposure to environmental issues. At other times, she waxes philosophical about culture and travel on her personal blog. Tafline was born in Iran and raised in the United States, and is currently based in South Africa. She also blogs for www.greenprophet.com and her work has appeared in Africa Geographic, The Ecologist, Urban Green File, and other publications.
KRISTINE LOFGREN – News Editor
Kristine is a writer and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Passionate about green design and pretty words in equal parts, she spends her days blogging, writing, designing and working towards her Masters in English at the University of Utah. Kristine discovered her passion for the environment while growing up on the trails of the Rocky Mountains and has had her feet (and hands) in the dirt ever since.
LUCY WANG – Design Editor
Lucy got hooked on the ideas of sustainable design ever since a life-changing summer in Portland, Ore. where she learned about “green” living and how to ride a bike. After graduating with a landscape architecture degree, she set off on a half-year trip across North America on mass transit to explore landscape architecture sites and cities, documenting parts of her journey at Landscape Voice. Through the trip, she cultivated a love for communications and has now decided to focus her skills on writing, advocating and engaging the public on green, transit-friendly initiatives. Lucy currently lives in Baltimore with dreams of moving out west.
CAT DISTASIO – Contributing Editor
Cat DiStasio is a writer, storyteller, and community architect. Previous to her freelance career, Cat worked in human resources and recruiting in a variety of industries, with a focus on training & development. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies from the University of Washington. These days, Cat is a dedicated green homemaker and compassionate mama to an ambitious little boy. In addition to her earth-loving ways, she works to raise awareness for attachment parenting, babywearing, intactivism, and budget-friendly living. Cat believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of freshly baked bread.
COLIN PAYNE – Contributing Editor
Colin Payne is a freelance writer and photographer based near Nelson, British Columbia. While he works for companies around the world, Colin loves living a rural life based around environmental sustainability, local agriculture and human-powered outdoor recreation.
LORI ZIMMER – Art Editor
Lori Zimmer is a New York based writer, with a passion for sustainable design, eco-tourism and art. She has written for Ecouterre, Inhabitots, ArtSlant, Patrick McMullan Mag, Flavorpill, WhiteHot and ArtFetch. She received her MA in art, media and business at FIT. In her free time, she writes an art and art history guide called Art Nerd New York and curates shows often focused on artists who use found or recycled materials.
MARC CARTER – Transportation Writer
Marc Carter grew up in Los Angeles listening to the sound of vintage Chevys and Fords being tweaked in his parents’ garage. Today he calls San Francisco his home, but his obsession about the automotive world is stronger than ever. Five years ago he founded The Torque Report, the “go-to” destination for late and breaking news on the auto industry. When he’s not obsessing over the newest electric car, he can be found hanging out with his pug, Baxter.
LIDIJA GROZDANIC – Contributing Writer
Lidija is an architect and environmental journalist. Going back and forth between writing and designing, she finds the two areas mutually inspiring. After graduating at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, she stepped into the uncharted territory of freelancing. She reported on the RIO+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where she learned about the politics of sustainable development and caipirinha cocktails. Lidija has also produced work for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, GreenUp Blog and eVolo Magazine. An incurable cinephile, she plans on creating a blog that will serve as an outlet for her obsession with cinematography and film production design.
ANA LISA ALPEROVICH – Contributing Writer
Ana Lisa is a trained eco-designer and sustainable culture producer from Buenos Aires. She received her BA Hons from Goldsmiths, University of London, a city where she spent most of her 20s and inspires her enormously. After gaining experience on designing public events for [re]design through England and China, she went back to her hometown to find out what was going on about her subject of study while she was away. Impressed by the creative use of local resources, her love for sharing knowledge and her belief in learning through experiences, she co-created the Sustainable Festival. A 4-day educational not-for-profit event dedicated to the celebration of emerging sustainable design practices, held at the luscious Botanic Gardens in the heart of Buenos Aires. Ana Lisa cannot help being an environmental activist and is interested on discovering new eco-design concepts and learning about the design of systems. She is a vegetarian who loves riding her folding-bike, playing hand-ball, Japanese culture, making her own clothes, gardening and cats. She now works independently doing all sorts of things related to critical sustainable design thinking and practices: she is a consultant for big and small brands, a curator of exhibitions, workshops organizer and now a contributing writer for Inhabitat!
NICOLE JEWELL – Contributing Writer
Presently living in Madrid, Nicole works as a design and architecture writer and Spanish translator. When possible, she enjoys traveling around the Iberian Peninsula exploring Spain’s rich blend of historic and modern architecture. Her articles and photos have been published in various trade publications and websites, as well as her own blog, Pass the Ham.
KATIE MEDLOCK – Contributing Writer
Katie Medlock enjoys writing about the changing world. She balances her time as a licensed mental health counselor, freelance writer, and vegan blogger with her love for yoga, weightlifting, hiking, and travel. Follow her midwest adventures on her blog, The Offbeat Herbivore, on Facebook (The Offbeat Herbivore), and on Instagram (@offbeatherbivore).
JANE MOUNTAIN – Contributing Writer
Jane is a travel blogger whose passion for environmentally friendly travel led her to ride her bike 10,000 miles through 22 countries over the course of two years. On her travel blog, My Five Acres, Jane helps inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and add a little adventure into their lives.
JULIE M. RODRIGUEZ – Contributing Writer
Julie M. Rodriguez is an arts, green living, and political writer based in Portland, OR. Her work has appeared in xoJane, Care2 Causes, Greener Ideal, and Inhabitat. Follow her on Twitter @julierwrites.
GREG BEACH – Contributing Writer
Greg is a Garden Educator with CitySprouts in Cambridge and Boston. He has studied Permaculture Design in New England and incorporates what he’s learned into his school gardens. Greg is currently working on his first book, an anthology of historical essays told through the lens of Watertown, Massachusetts. He is a cook, a biker, and a pretty decent guy.
LACY COOKE – Contributing Writer
Lacy Cooke is a writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in The Millions, WeWork’s Creator, and OnFaith, among others. She’s a California native transplanted to Connecticut where she lives with her husband and cat. You’ll find her experimenting in the kitchen, reading in the backyard, or stretching on a yoga mat.
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MICHELLE KENNEDY HOGAN – Contributing Writer
Michelle has been an advocate for the environment and the homeless for nearly 20 years. She has written 15 books, including the bestselling “Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with kids) in America,” published by Viking. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Redbook and many other publications. Her family recently lived for one year in remote Alaska off the grid, a story she plans to tell in her next book. Michelle is the mother of eight and lives with her family on the Oregon Coast.
LIZ EVE – Contributing Writer
Liz is an award-winning photographer and writer. Her passion is documenting architecture, construction, sustainable design and renewable energy. She has contributed to publications such as Construction News, Ecouterre, The Financial Times, Shopikon, The Sunday Times and PV Magazine. As part of the Fotohaus and Arcaid architectural photography agencies her clients have included Arup, Bristol University, Capita Architecture, LAB Architects and Stephen Marshall Architects. She works in Berlin, London and beyond. If not behind a camera lens or computer she is probably attempting to do Yoga, riding her bike, playing records or cooking for friends and family.
EMILY PECKENHAM – Contributing Writer
Urbanist, writer, designer and plant geek currently enjoying the oceans and mountains near San Francisco.
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LEA STEWART – Contributing Writer
Lea Stewart believes that Design is multifaceted. It is about creating experiences, while not negatively impacting our environment. Her design career has given her working knowledge in many industries including consumer products, furniture, lighting, commercial products, medical products, packaging, and display design. Her concepts for sustainable footwear were honored as First Place Professional Winner at the International Design Resource Awards and winner of the Saint Étienne International Design Biennial award for eco design. She has been published in the Eco Design Handbook, and her work is part of the permanent collection at the Huxley College of the Environment at West Washington University.
BEVERLEY MITCHELL – Contributing Writer
Beverley is an Australian-born, Montreal-based writer and editor with a background in contemporary visual art, craft and design management. From a long line of green thumbs, she is now coming to terms with Canadian urban balcony gardening after nine years in the Australian tropics, where she had a jungle for a backyard. Beverley’s love of organic gardening led her to permaculture, which particularly influenced her with its concept of self-sustaining systems. She is interested in seeing this concept applied not only small-scale food production, but business models, consumer products and project development as well. When she’s not writing, editing or cooking, you’ll find her thrifting.
TAMSIN WOOLLEY-BARKER – Contributing Writer and Biomimicry Expert
An evolutionary biologist, writer, sustainability expert, and passionate biomimicry professional, Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker blogs at BioInspired Ink and serves as Content Developer for the California Association of Museums‘ Green Museums Initiative. She is working on a book about organizational transformation inspired by nature.
SHAYNE MCQUADE – Board Member & Business Advisor
Shayne is a social entrepreneur with a passion for environmental issues. He is the founder of solar bag maker Voltaic Systems. Having started, run or sold multiple startups, he contributes breadth of experience to Inhabitat’s board. Shayne’s background is in consulting with McKinsey & Co. and KPMG in London, Taipei, Melbourne and New York. He finally stopped moving when he got to New York for an MBA at Columbia University. His next challenge is designing off grid solar / lighting systems for developing countries, in the hope their electrification can be sustainable.
THOMAS UGO ERMACORA – Strategic Partner & Business Advisor
Thomas Ugo Ermacora is a passionate Dano-Italian urbanist and geographer acting mostly as a creative social entrepreneur focused on sustainability. Unimpressed by the ethos in architecture and planning professions after work with Zero Carbon projects in Europe, in particular on a Frank Gehry Masterplan, he shifted towards a trust in participatory design practices and started the visionary CLEAR Village Initiative to rethink space one village at a time and focus on upgrading existing communities.