What is a "Poor Door" and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

by , 07/22/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Sanctioned racial segregation was abolished in the U.S. in 1954, but a recent housing decision has shown that class segregation is still alive and well in New York City. The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently approved a controversial request by the Extell Development Company to create two separate entrances at its 40 Riverside Boulevard building – one for its market rate tenants and another for affordable housing tenants. The so-called “poor door” plan has New Yorkers around the city up in arms (for pretty obvious reasons).

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Incredible Fairy Sculptures in Motion are Handmade from Stainless Steel Wire

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"Deafening" Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

by , 07/22/14
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New offshore oil and gas exploration activities are set to start along the U.S. east coast after a three-decade hiatus, but a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision means that companies will be allowed to use sonic cannons as they map the ocean floor. BOEM acknowledges that whales, dolphins and turtles will be affected by the potentially deafening noise, with its own estimates stating 138,000 marine animals are at risk.

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Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randallā€™s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date

by , 07/22/14
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Uptown nature lovers will soon be able to enjoy a pedestrian pathway connecting Randallā€™s Island to the Bronx. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is planning to open the quarter-mile bike and pedestrian walkway,Ā called the Randall’s Island Connector,Ā by 2015. Although there are two pathways leading to the island already, the walkway is part of a larger project that will create a link with the South Bronx Greenway, effectively making it one giant, green connecting path.

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Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

by , 07/22/14
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A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer, because within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An Australian biotech firm has developed a gel called VivaGel that actually fights STDs and has proven effective in killing 99.9% of viruses.

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Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

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Trippy Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Contains 1,100 Mirrors

by , 07/21/14
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Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

by , 07/21/14
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Long-revered and much-climbed, Japanā€™s Mount Fuji looks like itā€™s ready to blow itā€™s top after more than 300 years of dormancy. A new study by a team of French and Japanese researchers reveals that an increase in tectonic pressure from the massive 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and caused the Fukushima meltdown has left Fuji in prime condition for an eruption.

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Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge

by , 07/21/14

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Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled their designs for AstraZeneca’s new Global R&D Center and Corporate Headquarters based in Cambridge, England. The new Ā£330 million project will be centered around a triangular building punctuated in the center by an open courtyard. A glazed facade with a saw-tooth pattern wraps around the two-story building to create a visual and translucent connection between the corporate campus and the public.

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

by , 07/21/14

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1Ā°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2Ā°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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The Cloak: Fearon Hay Architects Install a Māori-Inspired Green Roof at Auckland International Airport

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Herman Miller Buys Design Within Reach for a Cool $154 Million

by , 07/21/14

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Herman Miller and Design Within Reach (DWR) are some of the biggest names in the modern furniture world – and they are about to join forces to create one glorious design behemoth. Herman Miller recently announced plans to purchase DWR for a cool $154 million in cash, which will nab Herman Miller an 84% controlling interest in the furnishing company.

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

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United Arab Emirates to Launch Unmanned Mission to Mars by 2021

by , 07/21/14
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The United Arab Emirates just announced that it’s setting up a Space Agency – and it plans to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021. The UAE Space Agency will capitalize on the country’s strong aerospace technologies sector, which already exceeds AED 20 billion ($5.4 billion).

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Play Time is All the Time at Henning Larsen's Gorgeous Green-Roofed Day Care Center in Denmark

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Lock Jet Space: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School Library

Lock Jet Space: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School…

Green Dot Public Schools and No Right Brain Left Behind recently launched Locke Jet Space, a transformed public school library at Locke High School in Watts, California. The 3,000…

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Layoutfour's Table and Chair Duo Pairs Functionality with Elegance

Layoutfour's Table and Chair Duo Pairs Functionality with Elegance

Created by Layoutfour, this Dual line is presented as a new proposal in the framework of the furniture design. The project consists of two pieces: the Dual Table, and Dual Chair,…

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Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora…

Weā€™ve created a space up on our hill for our families, students, parents, teachers, artisans, and any nature lover in general to engage as environmental activists on sacred heritage…

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Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

Terrace at Yotel If you're around Times Square, head over to the rainbow-friendly TerraceĀ at Yotel for an escape from the throngs of tourists. The outdoor garden overlooks a northern…

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Parsons & Charlesworth' Flat-Pack Lander Table Assembles in a Snap

Parsons & Charlesworth' Flat-Pack Lander Table Assembles in a Snap

No wrench, confusing screws, or undecipherable instructions - this Lander side table from design duo Parsons & Charlesworth is as easy to assemble as it is stylish. The clever…

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