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NYC's High Line: round 3

NYC's High Line: round 3 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As one of the most well-known and popular urban revitalization projects in recent memory, New York's High Line has proven the effectiveness and impact of adaptive reuse and urban green space...

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The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet

The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new comfort station in the Riverside Park will be the first building in New York certified by the Living Building Challenge.

Frederick Law Olmstead designed New York's Riverside Park in 1875. The infamous Robert Moses ran a highway through it in 1935, but didn't kill it; "Today, the mature trees and sweeping lawns of the park tend to disguise the transport-oriented nature of the park’s construction." Occupying part of the park is the Riverside Tennis Club, which is in need of new washrooms to replace their current porta-potties. They hired Rick Cook of Cook + Fox to design them, and are building the bogs to the Living Building Challenge standard, perhaps the toughest green standard there is...

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The Municipal Art Society Honors Best New Architecture - 2011

The Municipal Art Society Honors Best New Architecture - 2011 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Each year the Municipal Art Society votes on the most innovative architecture and urban design projects in the city.

Among the numerous nominees were many of New York’s most visionary architects, and while only five projects could win all contributed to the vibrancy of New York’s cityscape...

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6 Million Square Feet of LEED Office Space to Hit Manhattan in 2013

6 Million Square Feet of LEED Office Space to Hit Manhattan in 2013 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

It’s been a relatively flat start for commercial real estate leasing activity in New York City so far in 2012. And – in what the Wall Street Journal is calling the local office market’s “toughest test” since the 2008 downturn – three new speculative, LEED-hopeful office buildings are slated to come on line in 2013. Together, One World Trade Center, Four World Trade Center, and 51 Astor Place will deliver 6 million square feet of new space into the Manhattan office market. According to Cassidy Turley, that would be the most new space delivered in a single year since the late 1980s.

The extent to which green attributes play a role in leasing and sales premiums for commercial properties has been a longstanding debate. And much of the evidence one way or another has been purely anecdotal. So consider this article as another in that thread. But it’s nevertheless interesting that all of the towers featured in the Wall Street Journal piece – from the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards mega-projects to the boutique trophy 7 Bryant Park, 51 Astor Place, and 510 West 22nd Street – are, or will be, pursuing LEED certification. The increase in LEED-EB: OM applications from older office buildings could be a welcome byproduct of the value that the new construction market continues to see in the LEED label...

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Oceanfront Modern Home in Bridgehampton, New York

Oceanfront Modern Home in Bridgehampton, New York | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Dune Road Residence is a three-story contemporary home designed by Stelle Architects and located in Bridgehampton, New York. This new project was built after the demolition of a former residence constructed here, as present standards require a much higher elevation, adapted to the coastal terrain.

The home has three levels: one for the owners, one for their guests, and one for living and dining. A simple glass and shingle pavilion overlooks a negative edge pool while a path from the garage leads through a natural seaside landscape along the pool and up to the house. Solar control is achieved though the use of overhangs in the southern exposures. Extra thick walls allow for superior insulation, and a geothermal system is employed for cooling.

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Biophilia at One Bryant Park

Biophilia at One Bryant Park | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As the second tallest building in New York City, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park stands out not only against the skyline of the city, but as an example of biophilia, a term coined by the biologist E.O. Wilson to suggest that people subconsciously seek out connections with natural systems.

With a focus on health, well-being and the interconnectedness of people and nature, the Bank of America Tower creates 4.7 megawatts of onsite power with almost 3x the efficiency of the grid.

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