Axis Mundi Re-Imagines A Concrete Lace Network for the Whitney Downtown Museum

Axis Mundi Re-Imagines A Concrete Lace Network for the Whitney Downtown Museum

Axis Mundi apparently didn’t like Renzo Piano’s design for the Whitney Downtown museum and decided to come up with their own. The design takes inspiration from the original Whitney and the geometric window cuts are replayed but in a much larger version. To

Read More >

One World Trade Center Tower Reaches 100 Stories

One World Trade Center Tower Reaches 100 Stories

One World Trade Center, whose completion has been consistently delayed, has finally reached 100 stories high. The green skyscraper rises on the 16 acre site that once held the Twin Towers. When completed, 1 WTC will be New York’s tallest building. Currently,

Read More >

Three More Residential Towers Will Hug the High Line Park

Three More Residential Towers Will Hug the High Line Park

Initially, a plan for a mixed use hotel, residential and retail area designed by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects was proposed for the site in 2009. The new Avinash K. Malhotra plan nixes the hotel, and brings a 14 story, 128 unit residence, a 25 story tower

Read More >

Artist Sean Kenney Crafts NYC Landmarks & Buildings From Tens of Thousands of LEGOs

Artist Sean Kenney Crafts NYC Landmarks & Buildings From Tens of Thousands of LEGOs

Sean Kenney is something of a LEGO star, having been featured in the New York Times, BBC News, Good Morning America, and more. He’s created public commissioned works for big names like Google, the Empire State Building, the Philadelphia Zoo, and Nintendo,

Read More >

New LEED-Seeking Conrad Hotel Brings a Rooftop Garden to Battery Park

New LEED-Seeking Conrad Hotel Brings a Rooftop Garden to Battery Park

Conrad Hotels and Resorts is the global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide, and the new NYC hotel is the Conrad’s first New York address. Conrad New York worked with several partners, including architects Monica Ponce de Leon, Marianne McKenna of Kuwabara Payne

Read More >

Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

©blhphotography via Creative Commons

To the horror of many, some of the wood in the famous Coney Island Boardwalk will soon be replaced by a mix of plastic and concrete. The Public Design Commission has approved a plan to remove the boards from Brighton

Read More >

The U.N. Headquarters Goes Green With a $1.8 Billion Renovation

The U.N. Headquarters Goes Green With a $1.8 Billion Renovation

image © Amanda Silvana Coen for Inhabitat

The iconic U.N. Headquarters is in the midst of a $1.8 billion renovation aptly named the “Capital Master Plan.” However, you won’t be seeing any construction on the Turtle Bay area buildings, as the overhaul is mainly focused on internal design. Not only are technology and security being updated with state of the art capabilities, but the Master Plan is also calling for a green cleaning, swapping out old interior designs and habits from the 1950s for new and sustainable features, with the aim of granting the building LEED Silver status.

Read More >

Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

The U.S. Green Building Council has just declared Manhattan’s Hearst Tower as the city’s first commercial office building to earn LEED Gold for its new construction and LEED Platinum certification for its existing building. The tower serves as the Hearst

Read More >

Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell University has announced its shortlist of names that could design the core building of their new School of Applied Sciences on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It was no surprise when Cornell was chosen as the lucky educational institution to get

Read More >

New York University Law School’s Wilf Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

New York University Law School’s Wilf Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

New York University’s Wilf Hall has been award LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council. Wilf Hall is one of just six new buildings in New York to receive LEED Platinum. NYU is committed

Read More >

You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

The decades-old wooden benches we’ve become accustomed to in New York City subway stations are now up for sale. For $650 you can purchase a piece of salvaged New York history from the MTA. The relics are being sold to make way for new steel benches that

Read More >

Black Glass LEED Gold Office Tower by Fumihiko Maki Planned for Astor Place

Black Glass LEED Gold Office Tower by Fumihiko Maki Planned for Astor Place

The triangular plot of land on the east side of Astor Place will soon be home to a 12-story LEED Gold certified office tower designed by Fumihiko Maki. You may remember the corner to formerly hold a failed Starbucks and Cooper Union’s engineering building.

Read More >

One World Trade Center Is Now the Most Expensive New Office Tower in the World

One World Trade Center Is Now the Most Expensive New Office Tower in the World

The greatly anticipated One World Trade Center is now the most expensive new office tower in the world. An additional $700 million in estimated costs is bringing the total cost of 1 WTC to almost $3.8 billion. What’s more is that many of these extra millions

Read More >

The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

As Giants fans crowd the streets today to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl win, the confetti that will sprinkle down upon fans and players will be made of 100 precent recycled paper! Offices and recycling companies around the city have donated over 50 tons

Read More >

JPMorgan Chase Headquarters Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum Status

JPMorgan Chase Headquarters Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum Status

JPMorgan Chase’s recently renovated global headquarters on Park Avenue in New York City has achieved LEED Platinum status! The newly greened building now holds the title of being the largest renovation in the world to achieve the USGBC’s highest certification.

Read More >

Former Brooklyn Navy Yard Cemetery to be Transformed into a Memorial Park

Former Brooklyn Navy Yard Cemetery to be Transformed into a Memorial Park

A plot of land that was once  used as the final resting place for 2,000 marines and naval shipmen will soon be transformed into a memorial park. The site is being developed as part of a larger plan by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which is developing

Read More >

UPDATE: Brooklyn Grange Farm is Expanding to a 45K Square Foot Rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

UPDATE: Brooklyn Grange Farm is Expanding to a 45K Square Foot Rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

As the world’s largest rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange has been super busy for the last three years providing the local community with delicious fresh vegetables. While their 40,000 square foot space atop a warehouse in Long Island City has been enough to grow

Read More >

Top 6 Green Skyscrapers in New York City!

Top 6 Green Skyscrapers in New York City!

Bank of America Building (One Bryant Park)
The most sustainable skyscraper in New York City, the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is LEED Platinum certified, and it was the first tower in the world designed to achieve that rating. Designed by Cook+Fox

Read More >

Molloy College’s New Campus Center by BRB Architects is a LEED-Seeking Student Space

Molloy College’s New Campus Center by BRB Architects is a LEED-Seeking Student Space

The new Campus Center is divided into three main areas. The east wing holds the most public and social areas, including the cafe and lounges. A glass facade overlooks a great lawn, not only making the space bright and vibrant, but also integrating it with

Read More >

Five Queens Public Libraries to Receive Energy Retrofits and Create Green Education Programs

Five Queens Public Libraries to Receive Energy Retrofits and Create Green Education Programs

The Queens Library Foundation announced this week that it is partnering with the Community Environmental Center (CEC) of Long Island City to retrofit five branches of the Queens Library and create green education programs for the community. The $250,000 project

Read More >

LEED Platinum Office Building by Cook + Fox Architects to Rise Beside the High Line

LEED Platinum Office Building by Cook + Fox Architects to Rise Beside the High Line

The lot once slated for a Jay-Z-owned hotel along side the High Line will soon be home to a LEED Platinum office building.  Designed by Cook + Fox, the nine story tower will be developed by the Albanese Organization. The building will feature ample terraces,

Read More >

LearningSpring School for Autistic Students in NYC Earns LEED Gold Certification

LearningSpring School for Autistic Students in NYC Earns LEED Gold Certification

The new interior facility accommodates the specific social, physical, and educational needs of those it serves. The design is transparent and open, encouraging collaboration. Glass-enclosed stairways connect the floors and classrooms are designed in pairs

Read More >

New York City’s 7 Line Extension is Ahead of Schedule & Under Budget

New York City’s 7 Line Extension is Ahead of Schedule & Under Budget

Unlike the stalled expansion of other New York subway lines, the number seven is making good progress. According to Shawn Kildare, senior vice president at the MTA, the project is ten months ahead of schedule and still under the set budget — two things that

Read More >

Mayor Bloomberg Secures $155 Million for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center

Mayor Bloomberg Secures $155 Million for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center

The long overdue World Trade Center Performing Arts Center may be getting back on track. The Frank Gehry-designed complex is slated to have two theaters, rehearsal space, classrooms and a café. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg named five new board members for the

Read More >

Grow Studio Unveils Plans for a Community Rooftop Farm in Harlem!

Grow Studio Unveils Plans for a Community Rooftop Farm in Harlem!

New York City-based architecture firm Grow Studio has revealed a plan to develop a combined affordable housing and green roof project in Harlem. The project was created to bring affordable housing to the community along with an edible rooftop garden that

Read More >