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 grant from Parsons. What began as a project constricted to the Union Square

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Planters Grove Park Designed by Ken Smith Coming to the Lower East Side

Planters Grove Park Designed by Ken Smith Coming to the Lower East Side

While we’re still daydreaming about the Low Line park proposed for the Lower East Side, the neighborhood will be breaking ground on another new park this Monday, October 3rd. While smaller and less fantastical (it’s above ground like a normal park), the new

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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 resource in the sun and our most underutilized urban space is our rooftops.”

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Mayor Bloomberg Kicks off Climate Week 2011 Calling World Leaders to Join The Clean Revolution

Mayor Bloomberg Kicks off Climate Week 2011 Calling World Leaders to Join The Clean Revolution

Mayor Bloomberg kicked off Climate Week 2011 yesterday with the release of the annual PlaNYC Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which reported a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions since 2005. The success of Bloomberg’s green policies was a key part to

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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

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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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