Prix Pictet: Power Exhibition

Prix Pictet: Power Exhibition

Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, has chosen Power as the theme for its fourth cycle. As a theme, Power has enormous creative reach, embracing both hope and despair in equal measure. Over two hundred nominators worldwide recommended

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NYC’s Largest Solar Power Installation to Be Built at Freshkills Park in Staten Island

NYC’s Largest Solar Power Installation to Be Built at Freshkills Park in Staten Island

Staten Island is going green in a big way. Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the borough’s Freshkills Parks will be home to NYC’s largest solar energy installation. About 47 acres of land will be leased to SunEdison, a global provider of

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Landscape Design Alumni Series: Landscape Design Can LEED to Sustainability

Landscape Design Alumni Series: Landscape Design Can LEED to Sustainability

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is transforming the built environment, resulting in projects that meet the highest green standards for energy and water efficiency, environmentally friendly building materials, and healthy communities.

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MillionTreesNYC Plants Its 800,000th Tree at Governers Island Park

MillionTreesNYC Plants Its 800,000th Tree at Governers Island Park

It seems like just yesterday that MillionTreesNYC reached its halfway point of 500,000 trees planted, but now they’re already up to 800,000! Mayor Bloomberg helped plant the 800,000th tree yesterday on Governors Island in an act that also symbolized the

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Solar-Powered Rooftop Home to Be Raised Atop CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture

Solar-Powered Rooftop Home to Be Raised Atop CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture

The Solar Roofpod is an 800-square-foot, modular one-story structure built with sustainable materials. CCNY students designed the building to take advantage of underutilized rooftops in high-density urban areas such as New York. It can use pure solar energy

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Green New York Ferris Wheel Approved for Construction on Staten Island

Green New York Ferris Wheel Approved for Construction on Staten Island

Similar to a carnival ferris wheel, but much, much larger, the New York Wheel will be a soaring observation opportunity with sky-high views of the nearby Manhattan skyline. Rather than cars, visitors will sit comfortably in glass capsules, allowing for unobstructed

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Leonardo DiCaprio Shows Interest in LEED-Certified Greenwich Village Duplex

Leonardo DiCaprio Shows Interest in LEED-Certified Greenwich Village Duplex

It’s no secret that Leonard DiCaprio is a fan of green initiatives like Citi Bike, and now the Great Gatsby star may be extending his love for sustainability to real estate. The actor was recently seen checking out possible new digs in a LEED-certified apartment

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What Green Initiatives Does New York City’s New Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Have in Store?

What Green Initiatives Does New York City’s New Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Have in Store?

It’s a new day and New York has a new mayor-elect. Bill de Blasio won the 2013 NYC Election by a landslide last night with a solidly liberal campaign focused on ending stop-and-frisk, improving education and fixing economic inequality. But the new mayor

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Bill de Blasio vs. Joe Lhota: Which Candidate Would Make a Greener Mayor?

Bill de Blasio vs. Joe Lhota: Which Candidate Would Make a Greener Mayor?

NYC Election Day 2013 is today! The polls are now open, but if you haven’t voted yet, you might want to consider one last deciding factor before you cast your ballot – which candidate has the best environmental policies. While Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota have

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Sustainable Textile Summit: Textile Lifecycle Management

Sustainable Textile Summit: Textile Lifecycle Management

Manufacture New York is holding their first annual Sustainable Textile Summit focused on Textile Lifecycle Management best practices, strategies and solutions, on November 9th, 2013.

Textiles literally hold together the fashion supply chain, and from seed

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Gensler’s Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler’s Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler has re-imagined NYC with town squares that could protect against flooding and power outages when the next Sandy-like storm strikes. The project is part of the global design firm’s Town Square Initiative, which aims to redesign open spaces in urban

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Practical Utopias: Exploration of Asian Mega-Buildings and Urbanism Comes to NYC’s Center for Architecture

Practical Utopias: Exploration of Asian Mega-Buildings and Urbanism Comes to NYC’s Center for Architecture

If you read Inhabitat on the regular, you’ve probably heard about Archtober, but did you know that the month-long celebration of architecture extends far beyond the borders of New York City? Case in point: The AIA New York Center for Architecture recently

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Designed by the New York-based multidisciplinary design firm WEISS/MANFREDI, the BBG Visitor Center was envisioned as a seamless gateway between city and garden. The building is hailed as a model of energy-efficient design and includes sustainable features

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HWKN Flips Holy Tabernacle 90 Degrees to Fit into Manhattan’s Dense Skyline

HWKN Flips Holy Tabernacle 90 Degrees to Fit into Manhattan’s Dense Skyline

When asked to design a building in Manhattan following the plans laid out for the Holy Tabernacle in the Torah, Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) faced one major obstacle – space. Unphased by the problem, the firm found a solution and created a glittering design called

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Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Construction on Bright ‘n Green, the aptly-named net-zero energy building in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach area, is nearly complete. The building is on its way to becoming one of the city’s highest-ranking green buildings, meeting LEED Platinum standards

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NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

Hey New Yorkers!
Here’s your chance to meet some of today’s most influential designers and architects, participate in an exciting panel discussion about resilient design and enjoy a free lunch while you’re at it. We’re gearing up for an important webcast and

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New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving quite the environmental legacy.  This week, the mayor’s office announced that this past winter, NYC air quality reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years – a success the administration attributes

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AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

Public outrage has prompted the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter to cancel their controversial tours of the new Rockaway beach buildings that were scheduled on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Originally included as a highlight in the

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Panasonic North America Unveils New LEED Gold-Designed Headquarters in Newark, NJ

Panasonic North America Unveils New LEED Gold-Designed Headquarters in Newark, NJ

“Today is a great day for the people of New Jersey and particularly the people of Newark,” said Governor Christie of the opening of Panasonic’s new headquarters. “From our first day in office, one of the top priorities of this Administration has been

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Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Say what you want about iconoclast NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – but no one can accuse him of being soft when it comes to the environment. The three-term billionaire technocrat scored numerous environmental victories during his 12 year tenure; from launching

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NYRP Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Storm-Resistant Outdoor Classroom

NYRP Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Storm-Resistant Outdoor Classroom

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) recently launched their EDGE/ucation Pavilion Design Competition to source ideas to protect Sherman Creek Park in Washington Heights against future storms and flooding. Eight young architecture firms have been selected

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Custom-Made Designer Trash Bins Pop Up in NYC Parks

Custom-Made Designer Trash Bins Pop Up in NYC Parks

Ignacio Ciocchini is Vice President of Design for the Bryant Park Corporation non-profit, and the creator of the new tulip-shaped cans. Ciocchini says that “the design of the Bryant Park litter receptacles and recycling system was inspired by plants,

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MNA Decks Out Patagonia’s New Meatpacking Store with Locally Sourced, Reclaimed Materials

MNA Decks Out Patagonia’s New Meatpacking Store with Locally Sourced, Reclaimed Materials

Patagonia Meatpacking is the brand’s first climbing store since its early days in the 1970s and features gear for activities from bouldering to technical-alpine climbing. The climbing-specific store, which opened in February, was created as a response to New

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INTERVIEW: Inside the Studio with Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INTERVIEW: Inside the Studio with Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INHABITAT: Elena, how would you describe your photography in one sentence? And Eric, how would you describe your furniture?

ELENA: My photography is a poetic meditation on the world which surrounds me, a visual representation of internal truths, an expression

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Lush Green Roof Tops Off New School’s Ultra-Efficient New University Center

Lush Green Roof Tops Off New School’s Ultra-Efficient New University Center

The New School’s new University Center is getting a little closer to completion every day, and recent photos taken by Susan Kramer of the Architect’s Newspaper reveal that a green roof has been installed around the perimeter of the building’s rooftop balcony.

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