The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world, but also one of the greenest. And although the original concept included

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Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

In this week’s odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the developer’s mammoth 30 Hudson Yards project will have a very interesting

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

Harlem’s historic Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot used to be a nuisance for neighborhood residents before it was demolished five years ago, but now it’s back and better than ever. The renovated building, which dates back to 1890 when it was used as a trolley

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BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

Image: Wade Zimmerman

BIG designed West 57th for The Durst Organization, which is also responsible for the adjacent Helena residences (a LEED Gold-certified project). The design for West 57th emerged out of the European tradition of forming residential

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Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Congratulations are in order thanks to the tireless work of non-profit Habitat for Humanity. On October 29th, HFH finished repairs on a Coney Island residence damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Although all of the organization’s projects are significant, this

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13 Architecture-Themed Costumes Seen at Storefront for Art & Architecture’s Halloween Bash

13 Architecture-Themed Costumes Seen at Storefront for Art & Architecture’s Halloween Bash

Stormy weather couldn’t keep guests away from dressing to the nines and traveling to the West Village where they entered a fantastical room filled with Christian Wassman air dressing balloons and Fellini’s 8 1/2 playing along the walls. Banality themed costumes

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Step Inside NYC’s Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Step Inside NYC’s Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Pizza by Certé is New York City’s only 3-star certified pizza restaurant (as awarded by Dine Green). The staff’s commitment to sustainability is apparent from the moment you step inside thanks to visible features like a vertical garden (which grows fresh

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6 Inspiring Designs to See at Dwell on Design NY This Week

6 Inspiring Designs to See at Dwell on Design NY This Week

Who says hotel rooms can’t be uber-functional just because they’re tiny? Resource Furniture‘s 240-square-foot “Hotel Resource” booth aims to change the way travelers feel about compact accommodations by showcasing a luxury hotel suite outfitted with

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Archtober: 31 Can’t-Miss Design and Architecture Events to Check Out This Month in NYC

Archtober: 31 Can’t-Miss Design and Architecture Events to Check Out This Month in NYC

Wednesday, October 1: Building of the Day: The Public Theater at Astor Place, 12:00pm

Tour this important New York City landmark and learn about Ennead Architects’ ongoing redesign and restoration. Register here.

Thursday, October 2: Josep Gomez

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Groundhog Dropped by NYC Mayor Died of Internal Injuries

Groundhog Dropped by NYC Mayor Died of Internal Injuries

There was a big media hullabaloo back in February after NYC mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the Staten Island Zoo’s famous groundhog during a Groundhog Day ceremony, but new information is showing that that wasn’t the end of the story. After falling from

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Sustainable Architecture & Industry Bike Tour

Sustainable Architecture & Industry Bike Tour

Pedal your way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and learn about its gradual transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a sustainable urban industrial park. You’ll also get the scoop on the yard’s many green initiatives, from

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Arad’s design was selected from a global competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. The reflecting pools, which sit in the exact footprints of the Twin Towers, are the center of the memorial. The pools as are large voids, a visible

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Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Originally constructed in 1841 by Alexander Jackson Davis, The Octagon was an island retreat that featured a beautiful rotunda with a ‘flying’ spiral staircase. Then in 1894, it was converted into the Metropolitan Hospital and used as an asylum until 1955

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Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

In response to the public outrage caused by news of a “poor door” entrance designated for affordable housing tenants at an Upper East Side luxury condo development, Mayor de Blasio is publicly rebuking landlord practices that segregate tenants based on

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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is making them sick. When people in Roxbury, NJ began suffering from headaches,

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Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

The Pearson’s three vertical wind turbines are produced by Urban Green Energy and are capable of providing power for all of the building’s common areas. While many New York City buildings are crowded by neighbors, The Pearson sits right next to a large train

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Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

Watching the World Cup at your local bar is cool, but how about viewing it on the big screen at Governors Island? Spontaneous Interventions, an exhibition created by architects, artists and designers to bring new amenities to the public, has brought two

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PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

Each of Walks of New York’s insider tours cover a lot of ground in an enjoyable two-and-a half to three hour time span. Participants can choose from a variety of cultural tours including Highlights of New York, Meet at the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change,

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INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

For many of us growing up, sustainability wasn’t much of a topic at school (other than maybe planting a tree or two for Earth Day), but that’s changing rapidly. Nowadays, environmental awareness and incorporating social justice and diversity are crucial topics

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

While the Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves for the NBA postseason, their home arena just scored a victory for the environment. NYC-based Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Company are teaming up to install a new

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Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

The LEED Silver-certified home of the Brooklyn Nets may soon be getting even more verdant with a lush green roof. Barclays Center chronicler Norman Oder recently uncovered the venue’s planted roof plan, which is described as “a secondary roof with a structural

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Daylit Dia: Beacon Art Museum in Beacon, NY

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Daylit Dia: Beacon Art Museum in Beacon, NY

The original factory was built on the shores of the Hudson River by the National Biscuit Company in 1929 to serve as their box printing facility. In 2003, the Dia Foundation took over the space, hiring artist Robert Irwin and design firm OpenOffice to help

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Tour Fifty Three’s Awe-Inspiring NYC Office Filled with Reclaimed Material Accents

Tour Fifty Three’s Awe-Inspiring NYC Office Filled with Reclaimed Material Accents

Fifty Three turned to Laura Gonzalez Fierro of +ADD to ask for a space with what Fierro described as, “honest materials and exposed confidence.” The design team’s combination of reclaimed wood, rich walnut cabinetry, black steel, glass, stained concrete

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Measles Outbreak Spreads in New York City

Measles Outbreak Spreads in New York City

Health officials are warning New Yorkers to take caution as a new outbreak of measles has infected residents of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. So far, there are 19 confirmed cases of the illness, including a 63-year-old senior citizen and children as

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