New Block design offers a low-cost and sustainable solution to urban infill

June 14, 2018 by  
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Los Angeles-based architecture firm Newman Garrison + Partners has unveiled New Block, a patented “green building solution” for urban developers nationwide. Created with affordability and livability in mind, New Block offers a cost-effective strategy for landowners and developers to maximize density on smaller lots, typically two-acre urban infill sites. Elements such as multi-family housing and an abundance of open space are part of New Block’s long-term sustainable concept. All architectural units in the New Block design concept would be built with Type V wood-frame construction, while 24,000 square feet would be leftover for usable open space — 45 percent of that as park landscape. The design also includes a green roof system. The concept’s licensing structure allows developers to hire Newman Garrison + Partners or a local architect of their choice to execute the development. “The difficulties and challenges we face today are quite different than the ones we faced nine years ago,” explained NG+P Chairman Kevin Newman in a statement. “The continuing rise in land costs, construction and materials have created road blocks within the industry to develop and build a more affordable housing type within our urban neighborhoods. New Block is a bridge between lower density three-story garden walk-up apartments and four-story over podium construction typologies, a design concept that ultimately offers developers construction plans that address the constraints surrounding the maximization of density, while meeting the open space and sustainability requirements of smaller land sites at an affordable rate.” Related: Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home New Block is a proven design concept. In 2010, Irvine-based affordable housing developer Jamboree Housing Corporation and the City of Buena Park tapped Newman Garrison + Partners to apply New Block in a project now known as Park Landing. The project has won 10 industry awards for design excellence as well as LEED Gold certification for its homes. + Newman Garrison + Partners Images via Newman Garrison + Partners

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NYC community gardens may wither under Trump’s proposed budget cuts

April 3, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts could mean the kiss of death for New York City’s community gardens . More than 500 of the communal spaces across all five boroughs depend on a program called GreenThumb , which is administered by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation . Initiated in the wake of the 1970s fiscal crisis, which resulted in the widespread abandonment of both private and public land, GreenThumb has turned hundreds of derelict lots into tillage. Most of its funding comes from federal Community Development Block Grants—the same ones the budget blueprint seeks to eliminate. Should the budget pass, GreenThumb risks losing $1 million a year out of a $2.4 million budget, according to WNYC . Related: Detroit nonprofit seeks crowdfunding for new East Side community garden “It would be devastating to GreenThumb, it would mean laying off a dozen workers or more, and it would be less money for supplies, for bulbs, for tools,” said New York City Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee. Levine, WNYC adds, is working on securing more money for community gardens, as well as the restoration of jobs for 150 Parks department gardeners and maintenance workers. Via WNYC Photos by Unsplash

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DADA blocks let kids build “outside the box”

February 7, 2016 by  
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Building toys can be a great outlet for the creative child, but most of them have one big disadvantage — the blocks are usually limited to squares, rectangles, and other stiff, geometric shapes. Designer Myungsik Jang has redefined the block with DADA, a toy that uses unusual and organic shapes to unleash kids’ boundless creativity. READ MORE >

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Undulating Green Roof Crowns the Funen Blok K Housing Block in the Netherlands

November 27, 2014 by  
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College Students Compete to Create Best Solar-Powered Home

October 10, 2013 by  
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The 2013 Solar Decathlon features college students facing off in a quest to build the best solar-powered house on the block.

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New Catalog Provides List of Certified Compostable Products

October 10, 2013 by  
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A new catalog lists 3,300 products that are certified to break down in commercial composting facilities.

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REVIEW: We Try Out Hushamok’s Gorgeous and Eco-Friendly Baby Hammock

January 16, 2013 by  
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Inhabitots’ editor-in-chief, Jill Fehrenbacher , had a chance to give  Hushamok’s gorgeous baby hammock  a try with her sweet six-week-old newborn baby. The hammock  comes complete with an elegant Okoa stand made from untreated European beechwood and an organic, VOC-free mattress. A stunning piece that will meld beautifully with any room, this hammock also did wonders putting her little one to sleep faster and for longer! (Read: she got a couple of minutes to catch some Zzz’s) You can  read  more about Jill’s experience using the Hushamok baby hammock over at Inhabitots . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baby bassinet , baby swing , green baby , green family , happiest baby on the block , Harvey Karp , Hushamok , Inhabitots reviews , natural hammock , newborn hammock , Okoa Stand , Organic Hammock , product reviews , VOC-free hammock

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Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space

July 26, 2012 by  
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Need more shelf space? A cupboard? A table? The Jenga-like PixelTable from Studio Intussen can be transformed into a variety of furnishings to suit your needs. The 45 x 45 x 45 cm cube is composed of eco-friendly bamboo slats which can be pushed or pulled to create spaces for storing objects and flat surfaces for shelving. Read the rest of Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , block , cupboard , dutch , green , Jenga , pixel table , studio intussen , table

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NL Architects’ Sanya Block 5 is a Lush Garden Hotel for China

February 15, 2012 by  
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Texas Wins Appeal to Block EPA Emissions Regulations Temporarily

January 4, 2011 by  
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On January 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new permitting regulations for large stationary polluters went into effect and the state of Texas isn’t at all happy about it. The Lone Star State is in the midst of a lawsuit against the EPA for its new regulations, claiming that the new rules violate the Clean Air Act, and asked the U.S.

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