Laura Mordas-Schenkein

 

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.

Curvaceous Ex of In House is a solar-powered guest residence aligned with the natural world

Curvaceous Ex of In House is a solar-powered guest residence aligned with the natural world

When buildings live with and mirror their natural environment, it is a feat like no other. The Ex House set in the forest of Rhinebeck, NY is just that. The net-zero artist residence…

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Bourgeois Pig owner announces plans to go vegan at all of his restaurants and bars

Bourgeois Pig owner announces plans to go vegan at all of his restaurants and bars

The man behind 15 of NYC's hottest restaurants and bars just took a huge leap for the environment. Ravi DeRossi, the mastermind behind such culinary landmarks as The Bourgeois Pig,…

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Inside the modern Tribeca loft home of Lowline park co-founder James Ramsey

Inside the modern Tribeca loft home of Lowline park co-founder James Ramsey

If you appreciate the feel of quintessential Old New York, you'll fall in love with this minimally-retrofitted 19th Century Manhattan loft. The 2,000 square foot Tribeca residence is a…

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Russel Wright's historic woodland sanctuary reflects the splendor of its surroundings

Russel Wright's historic woodland sanctuary reflects the splendor of its surroundings

Travel 50 miles north of New York City and you will find the purest refuge from the grit and grime; a home where all notions of city vanish from consciousness. That was the intention of…

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200-sq-ft mini mobile studios let artists and entrepreneurs escape out-of-control NYC rents

200-sq-ft mini mobile studios let artists and entrepreneurs escape out-of-control NYC rents

ArtBuilt Mobile Studios are small mobile workspaces that let artists, social-service providers and micro-businesses work in new ways and in new places. These small, movable…

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Andrés Jaque's mesmerizing water-purifying COSMO pavilion pops up at MoMA PS1

Andrés Jaque's mesmerizing water-purifying COSMO pavilion pops up at MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1's courtyard will come to life once again in June 2015 with the debut of Andrés Jaque's giant water-purifying pavilion, which took home the grand prize for this year's 2015…

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Soofa's solar bench lets people charge electronics on city streets for free

Soofa's solar bench lets people charge electronics on city streets for free

Part bench, part USB charger, Soofa's solar bench soaks up sun and provides a welcome place to rest one's bum.

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World's first Smog Tasting street cart serves up pollution as sweet meringues

World's first Smog Tasting street cart serves up pollution as sweet meringues

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York collaborates with the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and Edible Geography, presenting a project titled Smog Tasting as a part of the New…

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95 local students envision awesome features for NYC's underground Lowline park (PHOTOS)

95 local students envision awesome features for NYC's underground Lowline park (PHOTOS)

The interactive exhibit features the students' handmade 3D models, which illustrate their most fantastical aspirations for the Lowline from trees and ponds to fountains, historic…

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5 common weeds you can make into healthy (and FREE!) teas

5 common weeds you can make into healthy (and FREE!) teas

Image via Flickr Found in many of NYC's parks, red clovers make a tasty brew with a soothing, sweet punch. According to the foragers at Nona Brooklyn, the red clover is medicinally…

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Top chefs to serve dishes made from food scraps inside famed NYC restaurant Blue Hill

Top chefs to serve dishes made from food scraps inside famed NYC restaurant Blue Hill

We've heard of restaurants that serve foraged food, but what about food waste? That's the idea behind NYC's newest pop-up experiment: WastED. Starting today, renowned chef and…

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Meet two resourceful bros who make a living rescuing wood from the trash

Meet two resourceful bros who make a living rescuing wood from the trash

Recycled Brooklyn . 2013 from Jeremy White on Vimeo. Recycled Brooklyn began almost accidentally. Matt and Steve took to building their own furniture out of necessity, until their…

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Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Greenery was just unveiled this week and will be on view until January 2016. Its playful depiction of lush flora is represented by six brightly-colored, cartoon-like plants.…

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Experts say more snow often leads to prettier spring gardens

Experts say more snow often leads to prettier spring gardens

If this unfathomably long, cold winter is getting you down, you'll be happy to hear that there is a silver lining to our cold-weather doldrums. According to local NYC ecology experts,…

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IKEA debuts 2015 kitchen line filled with ultra-efficient, space-saving designs (PHOTOS)

IKEA debuts 2015 kitchen line filled with ultra-efficient, space-saving designs (PHOTOS)

The highlight of SEKTION is its stackable soft-close drawer system, which discreetly stows everything from kitchen tools, linens, pots and pans, to recycling bins, in easy to pull-out…

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

Each month, the Sunset Park MRF in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal processes over 15,000 tons of recycling waste from the NYC boroughs, and the new wind turbine was one of the first…

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Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHvTxzxlzPM We've all heard the old cat-in-the-tree story before, but it never quite fails to pull on our heartstrings. Poor little Dorothy Gale,…

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Old soap factory home features a

Old soap factory home features a "terrarium" room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

Image ©Albert Vecerka/Esto The circa-1884 landmark building was a former soap warehouse, designed by architect George B. DaCunha in the Romanesque Revival style. Its large timber…

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Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

One World Trade Center just opened its doors this fall, but the Port Authority may already be considering selling the entire WTC site. According to an extensive report released this…

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Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island's wooden boardwalk with concrete

Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island's wooden boardwalk with concrete

A decision to reconstruct Coney Island's iconic boardwalk by replacing its historic wooden planks with concrete is drawing a lot of criticism. The city is moving ahead with the…

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city's antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging…

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

The renovated brownstone bordering Hell's Kitchen on 353 West 46th Street originally housed a brilliant geometric skylight on its rooftop terrace and Cezign foresaw its great potential.…

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VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

What does it mean to live in a world of natural distasters and unpredictability? Andrew Zolli, a futures researcher and author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, explores this issue…

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

It may be called the ONE Prize Awards, but there were two first-prize winners this year in a competition to design a new educational facility at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. The…

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Tour Two Stunning Eco-Home Renovations from the Dwell On Design NY House Tours (PHOTOS)

Tour Two Stunning Eco-Home Renovations from the Dwell On Design NY House Tours (PHOTOS)

The first home we toured was the work of architect Andrew Franz, who is known for his vibrant, nature-filled residences. The newly renovated apartment is situated inside one of…

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