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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NYC to Test Out Prefabricated Post-Disaster Housing Prototype in Brooklyn

NYC to Test Out Prefabricated Post-Disaster Housing Prototype in Brooklyn

The “What If NYC…” design competition offered up lots of potential solutions, which helped the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) develop a playbook and guidelines in the event of another major disaster.

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Raising Green: a Sustainability Party and Fundraiser

Raising Green: a Sustainability Party and Fundraiser

Earlier this Spring, GreenspaceNYC celebrated its 2nd birthday, and now they’re looking to continue to move the organization forward in its goal of facilitating a green community in the city through free events, discussions and projects.

To join their growth

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Loomstate’s NYC Eco Kidz Event

Loomstate’s NYC Eco Kidz Event

Join Loomstate’s Director of Sustainability for a fun and free environmental science class. Kids can try their hands at soda-making, make clouds in a bottle and build DIY construction paper heaters to learn more about the climate and the environment around

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Tour the Tiny EcoHouse Mobile Home at the Queens Botanical Garden This Summer

Tour the Tiny EcoHouse Mobile Home at the Queens Botanical Garden This Summer

The Community Environmental Center (CEC) and Queens Botanical Garden have partnered up to co-host EcoHouse—a compact mobile home that features interactive exhibits of energy-efficient appliances and materials to help educate kids and adults alike on going

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Little Free Library: 10 Delightful Mini Book Stations to Discover Around NYC

Little Free Library: 10 Delightful Mini Book Stations to Discover Around NYC

Wisconsin Partners for SustainAbility started The Little Free Library initiative back in 2009 as a social experiment for good. Since then, the movement has been helping people to place small book shelters all over world so that others in their communities

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TRANSported Transforms Shipping Containers into Green-Walled Artist Habitats in NYC [PHOTOS]

TRANSported Transforms Shipping Containers into Green-Walled Artist Habitats in NYC [PHOTOS]

TRANSported was curated by Amy Lipton of ecoartspace, a nonprofit arts organization, as part of the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival 2013. “My title, TRANSported, refers to the area’s shipping history but also to the way that Tender and Art Pac-­Kit will

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New South Bronx Green Roof Will Provide Environmental Education and Stormwater Runoff

New South Bronx Green Roof Will Provide Environmental Education and Stormwater Runoff

The Point Community Development Corporation in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx recently installed a new 7,350-square-foot green roof atop its main facility to assist with stormwater run-off and provide a foundation for environmental education. The

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Drive Change Food Truck Helps Former Youth Inmates Serve Sustainable Food

Drive Change Food Truck Helps Former Youth Inmates Serve Sustainable Food

New York-based start up Drive Change offers formerly incarcerated youngsters the opportunity to serve up locally-sourced food with a side of social justice. With the already competitive job market, finding employment as a former youth inmate can be very difficult,

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Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

According to an annual progress report released last week, PlaNYC is on track to exceed its greenhouse gas reduction goals by the year 2030. The paper measured progress on more than 100 citywide initiatives launched by the mayor’s office to meet its

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The Next NY Mayor Now Has a Roadmap to Greener Buildings

The Next NY Mayor Now Has a Roadmap to Greener Buildings

The next mayor of New York has just been presented with a road map to green the city’s buildings. The built environment account for 75% of carbon emissions, 85% of water use and 95% of electricity consumption in New York, and the Urban Green Council believes

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ROGAN Returns to NYC with “Pop Down” Shop in Williamsburg

ROGAN Returns to NYC with “Pop Down” Shop in Williamsburg

We were bummed when eco-clothing brand ROGAN shut down their store on the Bowery last month with just a simple note promising their summer return at an unspecified location. But now we’re elated to report that ROGAN has finally found a new home in the hipster

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