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
Pratt Students Unveil Proposals for the Design of Their New Campus Green Roof

Pratt Students Unveil Proposals for the Design of Their New Campus Green Roof

Four student teams were assembled to address priority concerns delineated by a class survey: biodiversity and urban agriculture. The first project, Adaptaspace by Ross Diamond, Elaine…

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Winners of ENYA's Harlem Edge Urban Agriculture Design Competition Showcased at New Exhibit

Winners of ENYA's Harlem Edge Urban Agriculture Design Competition Showcased at New Exhibit

Each competition team was evaluated on four main criteria. In the spirit of NYC's Vision 2020 waterfront development plan, and its Waterfront Redevelopment Program, designs must expand…

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Harlem River Community Revitalization Plan Showcases New Vision of Bronx Waterfront

Harlem River Community Revitalization Plan Showcases New Vision of Bronx Waterfront

Currently, the Harlem River is a massively underutilized resource for the city, primarily depriving residents of upland communities such as Morris Heights, University Heights, and Port…

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Pratt Students Present DEP Grant Proposals for a New Green Roof at Their Brooklyn Campus

Pratt Students Present DEP Grant Proposals for a New Green Roof at Their Brooklyn Campus

Starting in late May, Pratt graduate students in the green infrastructure design + build course began learning green roof and stormwater management techniques. Preliminary designs for…

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Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

The warehouse, located at 469 President Street, accepts computers, televisions, monitors, radios, printers, cell phones, and most other electronics. The facility, and the Lower East…

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Zone Green Amendments by DCP Promote Sustainability for NYC's Buildings

Zone Green Amendments by DCP Promote Sustainability for NYC's Buildings

This week, New York's Department of City Planning released Zone Green, a set of proposed amendments to the city's zoning resolution designed to remove obstacles to erecting green…

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GreenHomeNYC Auctions Off Eco Furniture Made From Recycled Materials at the NEW New York Block Party

GreenHomeNYC Auctions Off Eco Furniture Made From Recycled Materials at the NEW New York Block Party

The works were on display and accessible for public use at the Garden Lounge, set up in a parking lot in the middle of the block. While the threat of rain deterred some visitors, the…

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Pratt Institute Kicks Off Green Infrastructure Professional Education Initiative

Pratt Institute Kicks Off Green Infrastructure Professional Education Initiative

As extreme weather events become more common and unpredictable, urban centers like New York City are presented with a prime opportunity to update aging infrastructure to better deal…

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BMW Guggenheim Lab Opens, Hosts Free Urban Experiments In NYC's East Village - Exclusive Photos!

BMW Guggenheim Lab Opens, Hosts Free Urban Experiments In NYC's East Village - Exclusive Photos!

The 2,200-square-foot mobile structure is a lightweight and compact Swiss army knife. The pavilion is versatile in both function and placement, easily fitting into…

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Brooklyn's New DeKalb Market is Made from 22 Salvaged Shipping Containers - Exclusive Photos!

Brooklyn's New DeKalb Market is Made from 22 Salvaged Shipping Containers - Exclusive Photos!

Emerging from the Jay Street stop of the R train, visitors encounter a wall of orange, red and white containers behind white fencing that holds up a banner to welcome visitors. Passing…

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours the Future Freshkills Park

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours the Future Freshkills Park

According to the Master Plan, 45 percent of future park area consists of garbage/landfill mounds. The North and South mounds are currently capped to prevent leaking of gases and toxic…

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Pratt Students Bring Farms to NYC Rooftops in Exciting Summer Studio

Pratt Students Bring Farms to NYC Rooftops in Exciting Summer Studio

The studio's first session asks student teams to design a potential rooftop urban agriculture system, working within the limitations of the client, budget, and site. In this case,…

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High Line Structural Engineering: Elevating the Design of New York's Preserved Rail

High Line Structural Engineering: Elevating the Design of New York's Preserved Rail

Robert Silman Associates were in charge of stabilization, repairs and other engineering services for the original structure, including a survey of the High Line's existing condition…

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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

We at InhabitatNYC have barely been able to contain our excitement as we've followed the progress of various Passive House projects in the tri-state area. In addition to these finished…

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PHOTOS: The Wild Project Theater Sets the Stage With Green Roof by Alive Structures

PHOTOS: The Wild Project Theater Sets the Stage With Green Roof by Alive Structures

Wild Project is a community theater and production company in the heart of the East Village. With its emphasis on local, up-and-coming artists and performers, the group hosts plays,…

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Section 2 of the High Line Officially Opens!

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Section 2 of the High Line Officially Opens!

Like much of New York's population, the Inhabitat team has been eagerly awaiting the opening of section two of the High Line for months. Whether peeking through the fencing at the first…

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Students Showcase the Future of Sustainable Design at 2011 Pratt Show!

Students Showcase the Future of Sustainable Design at 2011 Pratt Show!

We were particularly impressed with the work coming out of the industrial and product design students. Almost every single project on display takes the environment into consideration.…

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New Amsterdam Pavilion by UNStudio Gives Battery Park Transportation Hub a Futuristic Twist

New Amsterdam Pavilion by UNStudio Gives Battery Park Transportation Hub a Futuristic Twist

Set before the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Peter Minuit Plaza, The New Amsterdam Pavilion invites busy urbanites to slow down, and encourages the use of public transportation and…

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Dlandstudio Creates a Colorful Green Roof for the Visual Arts School at SUNY Purchase

Dlandstudio Creates a Colorful Green Roof for the Visual Arts School at SUNY Purchase

Landscape architecture firm and design think tank dlandstudio has proposed some of the most innovative recent sustainable infrastructure projects in New York City, including a…

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Green Map System Uses Open Source Model to Foster Sustainable Communities

Green Map System Uses Open Source Model to Foster Sustainable Communities

Have you ever visited a new city and found yourself eating at the same tourist-oriented restaurants or buying wasteful plastic trinkets to give to friends? Have you been frustrated by a…

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Fabrica 718 Transforms Retro School Desks into a Bar for Veronica People’s Club in Brooklyn

Fabrica 718 Transforms Retro School Desks into a Bar for Veronica People’s Club in Brooklyn

Refurbished school desks from the 1950s purchased by Heather online serve as the principal element of the design. The trapezoidal solid wood tabletops are arranged side-by-side to form…

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PHOTOS: Inside the New Williamsburg Passive House by Loadingdock5

PHOTOS: Inside the New Williamsburg Passive House by Loadingdock5

The three-story Brooklyn residence was built in compliance with the German Passiv Haus standards, which emphasizes the heavy insulation of walls and openings, and the precise balancing…

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Kiss + Cathcart's The Lee Opens the Door for Green Supportive Housing in the Lower East Side

Kiss + Cathcart's The Lee Opens the Door for Green Supportive Housing in the Lower East Side

New York City based architecture firm Kiss + Cathcart's has officially opened The Lee, a LEED Silver supportive housing tower in the Lower East Side. The opening of the building,…

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