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Multi Use Infrastructure at Its Most Innovative

Multi Use Infrastructure at Its Most Innovative | green streets | Scoop.it

New York City is certainly willing to pay top dollar for excellent design with a new $3 billion water treatment plant taking shape in Van Cortlandt park in the Bronx. The Croton water treatment by Grimshaw Architects and Ken Smith Landscape Architects includes some $250 million in new buildings, plazas, wetlands and meadows, and a public golf driving range, which, amazingly, sits right on top of the plant.

In a session at the 2012 ASLA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ken Smith, ASLA, Ken Smith Landscape Architects; David Burke, Grimshaw Architects; and Charles McKinney, Affiliate ASLA, City of New York, Department of Parks and Recreation, explained how the project is the result of NYC’s design, stormwater management, and parks policies. And while these numerous policies and design requirements were sometimes in conflict, said Smith, the design eventually succeeded because it cleverly integrated security and stormwater management features with public amenities...

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NYC's Urban Rooftop Farming Boom Continues

NYC's Urban Rooftop Farming Boom Continues | green streets | Scoop.it
Rooftop farms are in the midst of a boom here in New York City: plans for a 100,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn are moving ahead, where a hydroponic greenhouse will use rainwater to grow crops atop 2 Federal Plaza, which is a former Navy warehouse. When announced in March, the project was touted as the largest rooftop farm in the United States. But the Bronx rooftop could accommodate a farm twice as large. And Brooklyn Grange continues to pursue its expansion into Brooklyn from the historic Standard Motors Building in Long Island City.

Driving that boom – at least in part – is New York City’s Zone Green. Proposed amendments to Gotham’s zoning code that continue an inexorable march through the approval process, Zone Green would permit solar panels, green roofs, storm water systems, skylights and other green features on New York City buildings, despite existing restrictions within the 1961 code. Specifically with respect to rooftop farms, Zone Green would allow a waiver of floor area and height limits for greenhouses on top of non-residential buildings.


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The Bronx Wants a 200,000 Square Foot Rooftop Farm

The Bronx Wants a 200,000 Square Foot Rooftop Farm | green streets | Scoop.it
The City is looking for private developers to install the biggest rooftop farm in the country on a warehouse.

If the City gets its way, the Bronx will soon be home to one of the biggest rooftop farms in the world: It will cover an astounding 200,000 square feet. That's 4.6 acres. The spot is an active warehouse in Hunts Point, an enormous food distribution center where 115 private wholesalers sell food that reaches 23 million people in the metropolitan area.

The New York Economic Development Corporation is working on a general renovation of the area, and issued a Request for Proposals to develop and operate a year-round working rooftop farm...

It's great to see the City getting behind a large-scale project that will complement the growing network of community gardens around the five boroughs. If it comes together, New Yorkers could give up the idea of spending a summer day by a fancy rooftop pool for some urban farming with a view of the river.

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