As designers and thinkers gather at this week’s BKLYN Designs and next week’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, we are reminded that cities, especially New York City, are a place of inspiration and experimentation for design. The issue of sustainability has challenged some to re-tool their methods, while others have always infused their work with eco-consciousness. In dense urban environments where space is scarce and expensive, we see that innovative designers and artists constantly seek new ways to express their reflections on how we currently live and how we might live in the future.

NY Times discusses Brooklyn’s new role in the design world and provides a list of the best design stores in the borough.

Wooster Collective posts a video of their talk on the relationship between public space and art.

Archinect shares the local architecture firms recognized by The Architectural League of New York in the League’s Emerging Voices lecture series. We saw two that claim that sustainability is a key principle!

Swissmiss shares her latest work on the Convert website, a company that builds green roofs in New York City.

Cool Hunting features NYC artists who show off their cardboard dream homes.