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
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
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.”
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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