Amanda Coen

 

Amanda is a writer and photographer based in New York. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of NY, she was never one to sit still. She has lived in the Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Peru and remains an avid traveler. She graduated from Macalester College with a major in International Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She then spent two years in Madrid where she was the theater and dance editor for InMadrid, taught in a public, bilingual school and completed a professional photography course at EFTI. She recently returned from a four month stay in Peru where she worked on several projects with Awamaki, a textile-based NGO in the Sacred Valley.
Amanda enjoys covering stories about sustainability, culture, international development and design. In her free time you can find her cooking with friends, going for a run, biking and pursuing her creative projects.

Amanda Coen
Architecture for Humanity's Annual Design Like You Give a Damn Conference To Take Place in NYC

Architecture for Humanity's Annual Design Like You Give a Damn Conference To Take Place in NYC

This weekend, the second annual Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! is happening in New York City. Presented by Architecture for Humanity, the two-day conference is an effort to bring…

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Friends of 20th Street Park Push for New Green Space in Chelsea

Friends of 20th Street Park Push for New Green Space in Chelsea

Friends of 20th Street Park began as a small group of local citizens concerned about the future of the 10,000 square foot lot at 136 West 20th Street. The movement has recently grown to…

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

The concept for the Night Bazaar was initiated by Aaron Broudo and made possible in part through a Kickstarter campaign. The one-night experiment is part of a larger dream to make it a…

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Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

The group was divided into teams of two and each was delegated one of the Eight Principles for Managing a Commons from Nobel Prize winning Economist Elinor Ostrom’s work. From each…

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New Green City Takes Over Union Square with a Host of Eco-Minded Organizations

New Green City Takes Over Union Square with a Host of Eco-Minded Organizations

Among the various offerings on display, a particularly unique project was the Bed-Stuy CommUnity Quilt Project for Peace. Initiated thanks in part to a grant from the Davis Projects for…

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Learn How To Dye Your Clothes With Local Produce at the Mobile Textile Lab

Learn How To Dye Your Clothes With Local Produce at the Mobile Textile Lab

Laura Sansone is an instructor at Parsons The New School for Design and has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. Her Mobile Textile Lab came to life in 2010 thanks in part to a…

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SOFTlab's Colorful Sculpture Brings a Modern Twist to Little Italy's San Gennaro Festival

SOFTlab's Colorful Sculpture Brings a Modern Twist to Little Italy's San Gennaro Festival

As SOFTlab stated, the form was inspired "by one of the simplest and most effective classical architecture devices." Two oculi form the piece: one pointing up and the other facing the…

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City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

With so much recent development, New York City’s rooftops remain one of the most underutilized pieces of real estate. As one Team New York member stated, “Our most abundant energy…

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Avon's New LEED-Seeking Headquarters Showcase the Company's Commitment to Sustainability

Avon's New LEED-Seeking Headquarters Showcase the Company's Commitment to Sustainability

An Avon design committee worked with HOK Architects to renovate the office's original 1950s building and ensure that it be as energy efficient and "green" as possible. Indoor air…

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Barcelò's Traveling Elephant Sculpture Defies Gravity in Union Square

Barcelò's Traveling Elephant Sculpture Defies Gravity in Union Square

Brought to NYC by the Marlborough Gallery in conjunction with the Union Square Partnership, the upside down elephant graciously balances on its trunk with its four legs outspread above…

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Governors Island Art Fair Transforms Former Military Barracks into Exhibit Spaces

Governors Island Art Fair Transforms Former Military Barracks into Exhibit Spaces

4heads is an organization that "specializes in commandeering and beautifying unused spaces" to give them new life. As part of their mission, the former army barracks on Governors Island…

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Sol LeWitt Retrospective Turns New York's City Hall Park Into a Public Art Garden

Sol LeWitt Retrospective Turns New York's City Hall Park Into a Public Art Garden

Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1928 to a working class family of Russian immigrants. Upon returning from the Korean War, he settled in New York City where his work…

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The East River Waterfront is Reborn with a New Esplanade by SHoP Architects - Exclusive Photos!

The East River Waterfront is Reborn with a New Esplanade by SHoP Architects - Exclusive Photos!

The project design resulted from collaboration between SHoP Architects and landscape architect Ken Smith. Some of the design elements are reminiscent of the High Line, such as the…

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