The top 5 Inhabitat videos of the year

December 31, 2016 by  
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From foraging for mushrooms (and avoiding the poisonous ones) to eating your banana peels instead of throwing them away and touring NYC’s first micro apartment buildings , we had loads of fun bringing you all sorts of videos this year. Check out our top 5 videos of the year below and vote for your favorite. [poll id=118]

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December 31, 2016 by  
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From foraging for mushrooms (and avoiding the poisonous ones) to eating your banana peels instead of throwing them away and touring NYC’s first micro apartment buildings , we had loads of fun bringing you all sorts of videos this year. Check out our top 5 videos of the year below and vote for your favorite. [poll id=118]

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See inside NYC’s first micro apartment building + transforming furniture for tiny spaces

May 26, 2016 by  
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Video: Little Darling Productions with Jason Jenkins for NYC Media The winner of New York City’s 2013 adAPT NYC competition to design the city’s first micro unit apartment building, Carmel Place is now almost ready to welcome its first tenants. Designed by nARCHITECTS and developed by Monadnock Development , Carmel Place is a 55-unit, modular apartment building located at 335 E 27th Street in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan. The pilot project was first introduced under the Bloomberg administration in order to address the demand for affordable single- and double- occupant dwellings in the city. RELATED: VIDEO: NYC’s first micro apartment building is almost ready to open “This is going to be the first new construction building with units under 400 square feet that the city has seen in decades,” said Tobias Oriwol, Project Developer at Monadnock Development. “This type of dense living is really the next step of sustainable design and construction in the city.” The unique prefabricated building offers 250- to 370-square-foot apartments with some of the affordable units renting for as low as $950 a month . Market-rate studios start at $2,000. “The building is conceived of as four micro towers starting with a white brick going to a black brick, sort of four shades of grey,” said Eric Bunge, a principal at nARCHITECTS . “We really wanted the design to represent the vibrant community so we designed it so that you conceive the building as a kind of microcosm of the city or micro skyline.” Image: nARCHITECTS The modular pods that make up the building were prefabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard before being shipped to the site, saving money, time and energy. To further support its inherently sustainable design that encourages population density, efficient living and usage of public transportation, Carmel Place was also designed to target LEED Silver certification. “Some of the most interesting things to me about this project are the things you can’t see,” Bunge told us. “This apartment comes with transformable furniture such as this couch that can become a bed but this unit will also come with other furniture that can transform. Every square inch is usable. It’s a unit that feels a lot more than it is, and we think there are great opportunities out there for people to innovate in this space.” One of those people changing the way New Yorkers utilize and maximize their small spaces is Roberto Gil, founder of Casa Kids and Casa Collection . We visited Gil at his Red Hook, Brooklyn studios to check out his latest innovation, the Urbano Loft Bed . The king-size bed’s clever configuration is perfect for studio apartments because it breaks up a single room into a lofted sleeping area, an enclosed office with an additional twin bed, as well as two closets, a desk, dressers, a nightstand and even open shelving. RELATED: VIDEO: Casa Collection’s new Urbano Loft Bed is the answer to your small space storage problems “People like being in the city so they sacrifice space for proximity, which also requires new furniture. I think my designs speak to to the need of New Yorkers and other urban dwellers,” Gil told us. “My designs are very much oriented to modular furniture . The idea of making things in smaller components gives you the flexibility of rearranging them. I try to think not just what my customers need today and tomorrow, but in a few years, how it’s going to evolve as kids grow and family needs change. It’s about being able to use it for many years.” We hope you enjoyed this episode of Urban Green with Inhabitat NYC. Stay tuned for new episodes on NYC TV Channel 25 and on our YouTube channel if you’re not in New York. + Carmel Place + Casa Collection + Urban Green + NYC Media

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Casa Kids ConnectMe Desk Adjusts to Kids’ Changing Height

August 10, 2013 by  
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Homework time can be a drag for kids, but with the ConnectMe Desk young scholars can complete their studies in fine style. The adjustable desktop can be set to different heights, so your kids can continue to use it through the years without outgrowing it. Beyond being stylish and practical, the desk is also safe and eco-friendly, as Casa Kids uses FSC-certified birch plywood and water-based, non-toxic, low-VOC finishes in all of its furniture. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adjustable desk , Baltic birch , Birch-Plywood , casa kids , Casa Kids desk , ConnectMe Desk , eco friendly desk , eco-friendly furniture , kids desk , low VOC        

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Announcing the Winners of Our 2013 BKLYN Designs Green Design Awards!

May 13, 2013 by  
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This weekend, we once again got to experience BKLYN Designs , one of our most beloved NY Design Week events, and revel in all of the Brooklyn-made furniture glory that it had to offer. As in years past, we also nominated our favorite green designers at the show for Inhabitat Green Designs Awards, and while it wasn’t easy, we were finally able to choose our winners. Read on to find out which two Brooklyn-based designers took home the top prizes! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Frank , Bien Hecho , BKLYN Designs , bklyndesigns , Bower NYC , brooklyn design events , Brooklyn designers , Brooklyn Designs , brooklyn events , Caleb Zipperer , casa kids , Connie Lam , Dog Tag Designs , Dumbo events , eco design , eco furniture , editors choice awards , furniture made with recycled materials , green Brooklyn designers , green designers , hooker and co , Jeremy pickette , John Randall , Lamacek , magnetic lighting series , Mark Jupiter , Noble Goods , palo samko , pickett , Reclaimed Materials , Roberto Gil , sustainable design , Urban Chandy , vaishali patel        

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UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs

May 13, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Let them eat… cockroaches? In an effort to address world hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization  of the United Nations recently published a report suggesting that insects are a viable source of protein for humans, animals and pets. The report picks grasshoppers, ants and other bugs as protein-packed meat substitutes that are less harmful to the environment than traditional meat. Read the rest of UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Edible Insect Program , edible insects , green design , insect eating , meat substititute , sustainable design , United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization , world hunger        

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Our Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

May 13, 2013 by  
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Our favorite local NYC design show, BKLYN Designs , just wrapped up a three-day run in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, and the Inhabiteam was on the scene to source the latest and greatest green designs at the show. From  adjustable, magnetic lights  designer by Bower to a  Mesmerizing 3D LED LUCID Mirror  from Adam Frank to this incredible concept for a flood-proof, prefab beach building by Garrison Architects, see all the designs that really stood out in our eyes. And don’t forget to check out which designer won best in show according to Inhabitat readers . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Frank , aellon , Bien Hecho , Bower , Brooklyn , brooklyn chamber of commerce , Brooklyn Designs , Caleb Zipperer , casa kids , Dog Tag Designs , eco design , from the source , furniture design , Garrison Architects , green design , home goods , hooker and co , house ware , industrial design , inhabitat , inhabitat nyc , Lamacek , Mark Jupiter , new york city , Noble Goods , palo samko , pickett , reclaimed wood , recycled aluminium , Recycled Materials , salvaged materials , salvaged wood , sustainable design , Urban Chandy , west elm        

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Roberto Gil’s New Murphy Bed for Kids Maximizes Play Space

September 16, 2012 by  
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For kids in space-strapped New York (and other cities like it), a play-area is a thing to be revered. Designer Roberto Gil’s new Dumbo Double Murphy Bed , by Casa Kids , is sure to be a game-changer kids with small square-footage. Folding away into a compact, 12” deep cabinet, the bed is sturdy enough to hold the weight of two adults. The frame is also so light an unobtrusive, children are able to neatly fold the bed away on their own, leaving ample space for playtime until it’s time for bed. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: casa kids , Casa Kids Furniture , Dumbo Double Murphy Bed , formaldehyde and particle board free , Inhabitots , Murphy Bed , non-toxic acrylic , Roberto Gil , water-based , zero VOC’s

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BKLYN Designs Sneak Peek: Oscar’s Bed from CASAKidsb

April 28, 2010 by  
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CASAKids Design by Roberto Gil is at the top of the list of eco-friendly children’s furniture favorites at Inhabitots. We’re thrilled to be privy to this sneak peek of the very latest offering from CASAKids: Oscar’s Bed , which will debut at BKLYN Designs 2010 in Dumbo, Brooklyn from May 7th-May 9th . Oscar’s Bed gives new meaning to the word bedroom, because it literally is a bed and a room in one! Featuring a platform style twin bed, six drawers, a large closet in the middle, and a bookcase, this cleverly designed bed brilliantly combines slumber and storage.

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Giant Underwater Dome Could Contain Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

April 28, 2010 by  
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Geodesic dome photo by Hobbes vs Boyle The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is growing worse, with 1,000 barrels pouring into the ocean every day over a span of 28,600 square miles. As the spill creeps closer to Louisiana ’s coastline, which contains 40% of the country’s wetlands, scientists continue to scramble for a solution

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