Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

It’s official — the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Thanks to a massive green overhaul that took more than two years, the landmark is now the tallest building in the United States to receive LEED certification. The groundbreaking

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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

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli About ‘Talk to Me’

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli About ‘Talk to Me’

The Museum of Modern Art’s latest Talk to Me exhibition puts technology in the hot seat. The exhibition, put together by MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli, showcases cutting edge ‘interaction design’ with its diverse collection of machine-user interfaces,

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White Box Presents Sustainable Work Lab: New Projects in Art, Architecture, & Urban Design

White Box Presents Sustainable Work Lab: New Projects in Art, Architecture, & Urban Design

This week, Phaidon Press and the avant-garde non-profit gallery White Box hosted a panel discussion concerning issues of sustainability in the worlds of art, architecture, and urban design. The panel featured two of Inhabitat’s favorite innovators who are

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Supertall! Exhibit At the Skyscraper Museum Celebrates the World’s Tallest Buildings

Supertall! Exhibit At the Skyscraper Museum Celebrates the World’s Tallest Buildings

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Help Save This Lot and Win It as the Venue For Your Ultimate Summer Barbeque!

Help Save This Lot and Win It as the Venue For Your Ultimate Summer Barbeque!

Domestic Construction design studio recently signed a lease on the abandoned lot next to their Greenpoint space when they heard the grassy knoll was going to be turned into a concrete parking lot.  Using Kickstarter they hope to hold onto their lease, but

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World Trade Center Steel Recycled into Hundreds of Memorials Around the Country

World Trade Center Steel Recycled into Hundreds of Memorials Around the Country

After September 11th, most of the World Trade Center steel was trucked off to New Jersey salvage yards where it was broken down and sent all over the world for reuse. However, over 1,000 pieces of debris were placed in a JFK airport hangar for the Port Authority

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Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Community Foundation officially launched a 3 year, $750,000  green initiative program called Green Spaces yesterday, an exciting new project that promotes and implements sustainability practices and environmental improvements in Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg,

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DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan Shares Her Vision for NYC’s Future

DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan Shares Her Vision for NYC’s Future

At some point or another, we’ve all been frustrated by the mean streets of NYC. Whether it’s due to the congested roads, delayed and crowded mass transit, or the lack of sufficient bike lanes, everyone seems to have a different opinion on how to improve transportation

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Help Domestic Construction Bring a Design Plot of Art, Urban Farming, and Sustainability to Brooklyn!

Help Domestic Construction Bring a Design Plot of Art, Urban Farming, and Sustainability to Brooklyn!

Trish Andersen and Maureen Walsh of Domestic Construction have combined their creative forces to bring a new community design space to Greenpoint Brooklyn. This recent artistic endeavor “design.plot” aims to blur the boundaries between sustainability, urban design, and food production. The designers plan to deck out the lot with geodesic greenhouses, a viewing hill, a birdhouse village, vertical gardens, vegetable beds, and of course, a “mini-forest world.” With so many dead spaces dotting the Brooklyn landscape, this little ray of green design has the potential to set a precedent for sustainable development and community within the area. If you’re as passionate about positive grassroots change as we are, jump ahead and learn how you can help Domestic Construction raise some funds to make their project a reality – they’re even giving away some sweet prizes on their Kickstarter page!

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NYC Gay Couples Wed Beneath Delicate Recycled Cardboard Pop-Up Chapel in Central Park

NYC Gay Couples Wed Beneath Delicate Recycled Cardboard Pop-Up Chapel in Central Park

The competition called for temporary structures that could be put together in two hours or less (when you’ve waited 22 years, you don’t want to wait too much longer for a pop-up chapel), and that requires a footprint of no more than 8 square feet. Most of

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Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn is home to almost 50 percent of New York City’s community gardens, and it looks like that number is about to go up! The Brooklyn Community Foundation, in support of Brooklyn gardeners and environmentalists, is offering micro grants to fund the creation

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New York City’s Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

New York City’s Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

Despite NYC’s solar policy, incentive programs, and the numerous economic and environmental benefits that come with it, only a few homeowners in NYC have been able to install solar panels. It seems that the main obstacle to installing solar panels in residential

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Sustainable Housing Happy Hour Hosted by Enterprise Gotham Society

Sustainable Housing Happy Hour Hosted by Enterprise Gotham Society

Come Join Enterprise for a “House New York” Happy Hour! Lauren Yarmuth, co-founder and principal of YRG Sustainability, will be discussing sustainable solutions for housing. Enjoy a drink and learn more about efforts to promote sustainable housing.

Enterprise is the leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities.

Hosted by the Gotham Society

Suggested contribution: $25
RSVP to jeisenberg@enterprisecommunity.org OR call 212.284.7187

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EV Exhibit Comes to Central Park With Free Screening of ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’

EV Exhibit Comes to Central Park With Free Screening of ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’

We love electric cars. And we love Central Park. So you can imagine are delight when we discovered that next Tuesday evening, these very two things are coming together. On July 12, there will be a free screening of the film “Revenge of the Electric Car” (it’s not even in theaters yet!) at the Central Park bandshell, plus — and this is even more exciting — some of the most popular and advanced electric cars will be on display before the film. Visitors will have the chance to chat with industry experts before diving behind the scenes in Chris Paine’s documentary.

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Domestic Construction Sets the Stage at the Natural History Museum with Recycled Shipping Pallets

Domestic Construction Sets the Stage at the Natural History Museum with Recycled Shipping Pallets

Brooklyn’s very own design darlings Trish Anderson and Maureen Walsh of Domestic Construction were commissioned last May to envision a sustainability fundraising event at the Museum of Natural History for a classified client. Their “Applause Award Show” stage and aesthetics scheme transformed cardboard, shipping pallets, newspaper, and plant-life into a tailored setting that honored the deserving activists’ work within the environmental community.

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NYC Named Third Greenest City in New Environmental Sustainability Survey

NYC Named Third Greenest City in New Environmental Sustainability Survey

Eco-friendly New Yorkers, take a moment and pat yourselves on the back. In a new survey on the sustainability practices and policies of American and Canadian cities, New York was named the third greenest city, just behind the historically top ranked cities

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250 Volunteer Cyclists Produced NYC’s First Pedal-Powered Music Festival

250 Volunteer Cyclists Produced NYC’s First Pedal-Powered Music Festival

Who doesn’t love a good concert? We certainly do, but we hate the fact that live shows need massive amounts of electricity. So does Pedal Power NYC, and they have creates a solution for this very problem: swap grid-hogging generators with pedal-power! The

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Downtown Students Reap First Harvest at the Battery Park Urban Farm

Downtown Students Reap First Harvest at the Battery Park Urban Farm

Our favorite turkey-shaped farm is bursting with fresh produce! This week, the student gardeners at the Battery Park Urban Farm reaped the “vegetables of their labor” after two months of tending to lettuce, radishes, peas, kale, collard greens, and other delicious herbs and veggies. The one acre farm is sponsored by the Battery Park Conservancy, and over the last few months, it has brought together hundreds of downtown students and residents who planted and cared for the crops.

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Environmental Groups Reach Settlement With NYC to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

Environmental Groups Reach Settlement With NYC to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

In a huge victory for environmental advocacy and green activism, four environmental groups, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reached a legal settlement that guarantees significant improvements to restore and preserve Jamaica Bay. Jamaica

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NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

The Trust for Public Land, in an exciting effort to promote a greener city, is turning over one of the largest network of community gardens in the nation to local residents across the five boroughs. In total, 69 parcels of land, encompassing about eight acres

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East New York Gets Gardens & a Wetland to Fight Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

East New York Gets Gardens & a Wetland to Fight Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

It’s no secret that stormwater runoff is a serious contributor to pollution in NYC waterways, especially in areas in southern Brooklyn and Queens. In East New York, a lower-income neighborhood in Brooklyn, old and overburdened sewers release foul odors and

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UPDATE: Floating East River +Pool Concept Raises First Round of Funding

UPDATE: Floating East River +Pool Concept Raises First Round of Funding

Designed for everyone, the +Pool is large enough to be an Olympic length lap pool, a place to lounge and sun bathe, or a pool for sports with 9,000 sq. ft. of play space. The pool, which combines four pools (children’s, sports, lap and lounge) into one plus

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New York’s Javits Center is Receiving a Much Needed Green Renovation

New York’s Javits Center is Receiving a Much Needed Green Renovation

After years of deterioration and various structural issues, the Jacob Javits Center is finally getting a much needed eco-upgrade and full renovation. FXFowle will be taking the helm of what has been considered an incredibly complex project, installing a new

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Solus4 Designs a Sustainable Vertical Neighborhood for New York City

Solus4 Designs a Sustainable Vertical Neighborhood for New York City

The building is made up of 50 full-floor apartments, each approximately 3,000 sq. ft., and all serviced by a high speed elevator system. The main floors of the building include various restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, and recreation centers like a gym, swimming

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