Leonel Ponce

 

Leonel is an architectural professional, graphic designer, and photographer from Rio de Janeiro. His exposure to Rio’s failing infrastructure motivates a search for solutions to urban plight through design. Since switching hemispheres, Leonel has lived in New York, Texas, and Portugal, and traveled around Europe and Latin America, immersing himself in both regional and cosmopolitan cultures. A graduate of The University of Texas in Austin’s School of Architecture, he looks to be involved in a greener, healthier planet. Leonel has worked at Mitchell Giurgola Architects, volunteered with Oxfam Action Corps NYC and the US Green Building Council, and participated in design competitions through Architecture for Humanity and The Archive Institute. He hopes to incorporate this experience, his time at Inhabitat and his graduate studies in Environmental Systems at The Pratt Institute into a career in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure. While Leonel is an avid city walker and explorer, he doesn’t mind if you take public transportation.

Leonel Ponce
Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

The city of São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, produces massive amounts of solid waste on a daily basis. In order to manage this constant flow of trash, the municipal

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University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

In the Spring of 2011, graduate students in Professor Garrison's vertical design studio were tasked with the design of a school in rural Tanzania. Seeking sustainable design advice, Dr. Gunn,

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SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

Marine infrastructures create severe stress on natural ecosystems, namely through shoreline degradation and erosion near coastal population centers. The shifting and blocking of land masses at

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Visits New York City’s Future Freshkills Park!

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Visits New York City’s Future Freshkills Park!

Inhabitat recently toured the future site of Freshkills Park, a reclaimed landfill in New York City's Staten Island that is currently being capped and repopulated with native flora and fauna.

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Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

©Bruno Filipe Soares Lira (Bruno Itan) The system is the work of Alemão PAC (Growth Acceleration Plan), and part of an urban revitalization program started under former President Luis

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Clavel Arquitectos Transform Spanish Attic Into a Gorgeous Hanging Garden

Clavel Arquitectos Transform Spanish Attic Into a Gorgeous Hanging Garden

Originally proposed as a gallery extension to the home below, the rooftop program presented multiple complications. The penthouse is affected by strict zoning that limits modifications to the

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical

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INTERVIEW: NY Passive House President Ken Levenson on the Booming Passiv Haus Movement

INTERVIEW: NY Passive House President Ken Levenson on the Booming Passiv Haus Movement

The Inhabitat team has been closely monitoring recently completed Passive House projects in the United States and abroad, anxiously awaiting each new energy efficient residence's opening.

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6 Green Gadget Gifts for Father’s Day!

6 Green Gadget Gifts for Father’s Day!

1. SAMSUNG REPLENISH AND RESTORE SMART PHONES These recently released smart phones are made from environmentally friendly materials (a high percentage of which are post-consumer recycled

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Packaging:Lamp by David Gardener Eliminates Waste By Using Packaging as a Fixture

Packaging:Lamp by David Gardener Eliminates Waste By Using Packaging as a Fixture

Every year, tons of waste is borne out of packaging materials for most consumer goods, including designer furnishings and lighting fixtures that claim to be green products. While some companies

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Mayang Anggraeni’s ‘Float Lights’ Are Made From Recycled Laundry Detergent Lids

Mayang Anggraeni’s ‘Float Lights’ Are Made From Recycled Laundry Detergent Lids

Sometimes, the most innovative lighting fixtures don't come from the stable of perfectly finished, sleek task lights at design shows, but from the recycling heaps and hardware stores on the

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The 100 Mile Design Challenge Asks Students To Think Local With Their Designs

The 100 Mile Design Challenge Asks Students To Think Local With Their Designs

The city of Baltimore has grown through its interaction with the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding marshlands, and raw materials that can be found in the region range from oyster shells, to

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Humanscale’s Horizon LED Task Light Packs High Design Into a Slim Profile

Humanscale’s Horizon LED Task Light Packs High Design Into a Slim Profile

The Horizon represents the first utilization of Thin Film Technology in a task light. Several transparent layers of microscopically thin polycarbonate and optical film are surrounded by

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Click Boom Pow Delivers Designer Furniture to the People With New Role Models Project

Click Boom Pow Delivers Designer Furniture to the People With New Role Models Project

The not-for-profit project is conceived as a clandestine event; chairs are scattered through different areas of the city without municipal or local permission, left in each environment for a few

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