New Home of St. Ann’s Warehouse Breaks Ground at DUMBO’s Iconic Tobacco Warehouse

New Home of St. Ann’s Warehouse Breaks Ground at DUMBO’s Iconic Tobacco Warehouse

Currently, the Tobacco Warehouse is an 18,000-square-foot open space surrounded by four bare brick walls. With St. Ann’s Warehouse in mind, Marvel Architects PLLC re-imagined the barren area into a new enclosed building with a flexible performance space.

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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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Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

If you’ve never been to one of BIG!NYC’s Reuse Centers, they’re basically like a Costco, except with reclaimed furniture and appliances. Here, and at BIG!’s other location near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, you can find just about anything you need to

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For a Resilient Rockaways Design Competition Announces White Arkitekter as Winner

For a Resilient Rockaways Design Competition Announces White Arkitekter as Winner

The “Small Means & Great Ends” design originated from the philosophy to introduce a plan that incorporates small changes that are adaptable, feasible, affordable and smart. For starters, to help protect the coastline, White Arkitekter proposed building

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First ‘Solar for Sandy’ Back-Up Photovoltaic Panel Installation Goes Up at Red Hook Recreation Center

First ‘Solar for Sandy’ Back-Up Photovoltaic Panel Installation Goes Up at Red Hook Recreation Center

Today Global Green USA initiated the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn as the first official community facility to receive a back-up solar system as part of the “Solar For Sandy” resiliency initiative. The plan, originally announced by former

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Artists Pay Tribute to Hurricane Survivors with “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” Exhibition

Artists Pay Tribute to Hurricane Survivors with “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” Exhibition

As the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Dedalus Foundation and Industry City are commemorating the resiliency of New York with an incredible pop-up art exhibition. “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” will transform a 100,000-square-foot

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Bushwick Inlet Park Brings a Swirling Green Roof to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront

Bushwick Inlet Park Brings a Swirling Green Roof to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront

Bushwick Inlet Park has been an emotional roller coaster ride for Greenpoint and Williamsburg denizens, who were promised a new outdoor space by Mayor Bloomberg back in 2005. Since then, the area saw an influx of residents, but the project was stalled for

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6 Smart, Flood-Resilient Home Designs Seen at NYIT’s 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Exhibit

6 Smart, Flood-Resilient Home Designs Seen at NYIT’s 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Exhibit

Operating in a similar fashion to a tide gauge, Esperanza Lucia Huerta’s Mantella Amphibious Housing concept uses the power of rising tides to elevate homes above the flood line. Instead of placing a home on top of stationary stilts that leave it hovering

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INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INHABITAT: To start off, can you tell us a bit about ORLI and the 3C competition?

DAN: Operation Resilient Long Island started a global design ideas competition called 3C (short for Comprehensive Costal Communities) and we asked submissions to focus on

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Osborne Association’s Innovative Blue and Green Roof Brings Urban Beekeeping to the South Bronx

Osborne Association’s Innovative Blue and Green Roof Brings Urban Beekeeping to the South Bronx

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection teamed up with the non-profit Osborne Association recently to unveil one of the nation’s first integrated blue and green rooftop systems. Located in the South Bronx, this innovative green infrastructure system

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New York City Council Approves Plan to Tear Down 5 Pointz and Build Condominium Towers

New York City Council Approves Plan to Tear Down 5 Pointz and Build Condominium Towers

After a long battle, it looks like Queens’ famous graffiti-tagged 5 Pointz building might officially be done for. This week, the City Council approved a plan to replace the long-abandoned warehouse turned hip-hop art house on Jackson Avenue with two condominium

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PHOTOS: Walk the Queensway, a Possible High Line-Style Park for Queens

PHOTOS: Walk the Queensway, a Possible High Line-Style Park for Queens

The Queensway is an elevated railway that originally belonged to the Long Island Rail Road and fell to disuse after 1962. For 50 years, the raised train path stood unused, allowing a corridor of trees to spring forth from a bed of dirt and dead industry. Today,

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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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The Hester Street Fair Finds an Indoor Home at the New Museum (and it Opens Today!)

The Hester Street Fair Finds an Indoor Home at the New Museum (and it Opens Today!)

We’re big fans of the Hester Street Fair, so we were absolutely ecstatic to hear that it’s found a new indoor home at The New Museum. Rechristened the Hester Street Café, the indoor eatery officially opened today for the colder months. The new spinoff,

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Airbnb Scores Huge Victory in NYC’s Short-Term Rental Debate

Airbnb Scores Huge Victory in NYC’s Short-Term Rental Debate

In a huge win for the sharing economy in New York City, Airbnb announced an important legal victory this week for those who rent out their spare rooms using the online platform. In May, Airbnb host Nigel Warren was fined $2,400 by the city for renting out

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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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Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Snøhetta Chosen to Design LEED Silver-Seeking Library for Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway will soon receive a state-of-the-art new library to replace the current one, which was affected last year by Hurricane Sandy. Designed by leading architecture firm Snøhetta, the new library will be double the size of the former, offering a larger

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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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New SPURA Plan Reveals Big Changes – Like an Andy Warhol Museum – Are Coming to the Lower East Side

New SPURA Plan Reveals Big Changes – Like an Andy Warhol Museum – Are Coming to the Lower East Side

Perhaps the biggest addition to come out of this large-scale project will be the new Essex Crossing, which will replace the old Essex Street Market. The market will relocate across Delancey Street, doubling in size to 30,000 square feet with a 7,000 square

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PHOTOS: Tour 7 Beautiful Green Spaces in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

PHOTOS: Tour 7 Beautiful Green Spaces in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Human Compass Garden

The Human Compass Garden, located at the corner of Sackett and Columbia Street, was the first community green space established in the area 21 years ago. At first, the project started as a community project to clean up an abandoned

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Ogle the French Renaissance Splendor of Brooklyn’s Loew’s Kings Theatre Restoration Project

Ogle the French Renaissance Splendor of Brooklyn’s Loew’s Kings Theatre Restoration Project

ACE plans to return the theater, which is located at 1025-1035 Flatbush Avenue, to its former glory as a classic 20th century movie palace and hopes it will become the centerpiece of a revitalized Flatbush. The restoration process, so far, has been a grueling

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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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What If 5 Pointz Could Be Preserved by Incorporating the Existing Graffiti-Tagged Facade into New High Rises?

What If 5 Pointz Could Be Preserved by Incorporating the Existing Graffiti-Tagged Facade into New High Rises?

What 5 Pointz looks like today.

This solution would of course require working around and inside of 5 Pointz’s existing facade and would likely be more complex than simply razing it to the ground and starting from scratch. But similar projects, like the

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Design for Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Revealed in Stunning New Renderings

Design for Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Revealed in Stunning New Renderings

The most ambitious part of the project will be the peaking tip at the very end of the pier where visitors will find a triangular wooden platform that slopes upwards. BIG design group says the platform will top out at 17.5 feet in height, allowing for an elevated

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