NYCs new eco-park and urban beach is designed to help clean the waterfront

May 3, 2019 by  
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New York City has just welcomed yet another gem to its growing number of waterfront parks — Pier 35, the long-awaited East River Waterfront project designed by Manhattan-based firm SHoP Architects in partnership with Ken Smith Workshop. Built to anchor the north side of the East River esplanade, Pier 35 consists of a new eco-park that not only offers a passive recreational space for the local community but also an innovative habitat restoration section, called Mussel Beach, that will encourage the growth of water-filtering mussels. The park also features a massive folded wall of mesh metal that will be covered in climbing vines to create a “green” billboard visible from afar. Opened this month, the 28,000-square-foot park stretches two miles along the waterfront between the Battery Maritime Building and Montgomery Street in the Lower East Side. Created in collaboration with the local community, Pier 35 revitalizes an often-overlooked section of the East River esplanade with a landscaped lawn and dunes; a raised porch with custom swings overlooking the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges; and an inclined, folded green screen that rises to 35 feet in height and over 300 feet in length and will be overlaid with vines. Built of metal and weathered steel wall panels as a nod to the East River’s industrial history, the screen wall was installed to hide views of the adjacent Sanitation Department shed at Pier 36. Thanks to a grant from the New York Department of State’s Division of Coastal Resources, Pier 35 also features Mussel Beach, an ecological prototype that mimics the historic East River shoreline and creates an inclined space that not only offers visitors a close look at the daily rising and falling of the tides but also a specially designed habitat for mussels , which naturally filter and clean the water. Related: The humble mussel is as important and threatened as bees “As we work toward finalizing community-led resiliency plans along the East River, I am thrilled to see active open space come online at Pier 35,” said councilwoman Carlina Rivera. “Along with ecological projects, this section of the waterfront is a much-needed amenity what will someday be part of a continuous and protective esplanade along Manhattan’s East Side. We’ll be improving our coastline in the years ahead and much of it will be inaccessible during renovation, so the community needs as much alternative open space as it can get. I thank my colleagues in government that championed this project.” + SHoP Architects Images via SHoP Architects

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A green veil of plants protects this home from Ho Chi Minh City’s heat

February 20, 2019 by  
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In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s concrete jungle, a compact family home has been infused with greenery thanks to the work of Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects . Dubbed the Breathing House, the property is located in an extremely dense neighborhood on a plot measuring just 12.8 feet in width and 58.4 feet in length. To provide a connection to nature despite the constrained urban conditions, the architects wrapped three sides of the home in a “green veil” made of creeper plants that grow on steel mesh. Edged in by buildings and accessible only via a tiny alleyway, the Breathing House makes the most of its small footprint with a staggered floor plan arranged around light wells that let natural light and ventilation deep inside the home. To open three sides of the house to the outdoors without compromising privacy, the architects wrapped the facade in a vertical green screen that not only protects against prying views, but also helps mitigate solar heat gain and improve air quality. This “green veil” was constructed using a modularized galvanized steel mesh and planter boxes installed at every floor. “Inside the ‘green veil’, the building consists of five tower-like volumes that are staggered and connected to each other, arranged in between the two boundary walls,” the architects said of the interior layout. “The external spaces created by the staggered arrangement of the volumes, which we call ‘micro voids’, play a role in providing myriad indirect lighting and ventilation routes throughout the building. In the narrow and deep plot shuttered by neighbors on both sides, it is more environmentally effective to promote ventilation for each corner of the house, by multiple ‘micro voids’, rather than having a singular large courtyard.” Related: Fruit trees grow on the roofs of this rammed earth home in Hanoi The “porous” arrangement of spaces helps create a sense of spaciousness in the home while reducing dependence on air conditioning . The “green veil”, which is visible to passersby, continues up to the roof terrace, creating what the architects said is a much-needed green space in a city that’s been losing green spaces at an alarming rate. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Images by Hiroyuki Oki via Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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VEJA unveils vegan sneakers made from corn waste

February 20, 2019 by  
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Ethical sneaker brand VEJA has unveiled its newest and arguably most impressive eco-friendly kicks yet — the Campo, a chic sneaker made with a new vegan and biodegradable fabric. The revolutionary material, called C.W.L., is made from a waxed canvas with 50 percent corn waste from the food industry. The Campo marks the first time C.W.L. has been used in the fashion industry. Developed by an Italian company, C.W.L. is organic cotton coated with PU and resin from the corn waste industry. With a look and touch comparable to leather, the bio-sourced material is VEJA’s ecological substitute for leather. “Since we started VEJA in 2005, we are always looking for new sustainable and more ecological raw materials,” VEJA said in a press release. “After five years of R&D and many failures to find an ecological substitute for leather, we finally found a revolutionary fabric.” The Campo, which is available in a variety of colors, uses C.W.L. for the upper and panels, recycled polyester — a B-Mesh (bottle-mesh) fabric created from recycled plastic bottles  — for the jersey lining and wild rubber sustainably sourced from the Amazonian forest for the insole and sole. As with all of VEJA’s shoes, the Campo sneakers are ethically made in Brazil in the region of Porto Alegre. Related: nat-2 creates a completely vegan sneaker made from coffee Launched this year, the new Campo model is an alternative to VEJA’s leather models. Forty percent of VEJA models are vegan for its spring/summer 2019 collection, which also includes the alternative-leather models Rio Branco and Nova. The Campo sneakers are now available for purchase online in six different varieties and start at 125 euros. + VEJA Images by Mario Simon Lafleur via VEJA

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Giant bamboo planters protect a Ho Chi Minh City home from the sun and rain

September 7, 2017 by  
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Vo Trong Nghia Architects worked their bamboo magic on a slender residence in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City . In a bid to add green space in the city’s increasingly dense concrete jungle, the architects installed giant bamboo-filled planters to the building’s street-facing facade. Located in the city’s colorful and bustling central urban district, the House in District 1 uses the green screens for privacy, air purification, shading, and visual appeal. From the street, the House in District 1 looks like a series of stacked and staggered planters bursting with bushy bamboo . The overgrown effect contrasts sharply with the home’s minimalist and modern design. Concrete is predominately used and is texturized to lessen its monolithic appearance. “In addition to growing bamboo on the front facade, the concrete formwork is also made by using bamboo to allow a consistent design language,” said Vo Trong Nghia Architect, according to Dezeen . “The bamboo texture also helps to reduce the intense and heavy appearance of conventional concrete wall and thus, improves the overall aesthetic quality of the house.” Related: Lush green rooftop terrace invites homeowners outdoors in the foothills of Vietnam The four-story Ho Chi Minh residence features a guest room and entry hall on the first floor with an open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen on the floor above. The kids’ bedroom and the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom are located on the second and third floors, respectively. The top floor houses the home office that opens up to an outdoor rooftop swimming pool. The bamboo planters are on every floor and provide privacy, shade, and protection from the tropical rains. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Via Dezeen Images via Hiroyuki Oki

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Art Barn is a Beautiful Leaf-Covered Retreat in Connecticut

February 13, 2013 by  
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Can’t you just smell the fresh, crisp air surrounding this beautiful leaf-clad home in Greenwich, CT? Called the Art Barn , this multi-functional space is an art gallery, a studio and a residence all in one. Aside from its striking green appeal, the home’s living screen also keeps it cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. Check out our full gallery for more pics of this naturally insulated home . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , art barn , art gallery , art studio , connecticut , ct , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green home , green screen , greenwich , living facade , living screen , robert young architects , Robert Young Architecture , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , vegetated facade

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Reed Residence is a Zero-Energy Rustic Mountain Retreat in Colorado

February 13, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Reed Residence is a Zero-Energy Rustic Mountain Retreat in Colorado Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Architecture , clean tech , colorado , eco design , geothermal , geothermal heat pump , Gerber Berend Design , green design , green roof , reclaimed wood , Recycled Materials , Reed Residence , Robert Hawkins Architects , sedum , solar panels , Solar Power , solar-thermal energy , sustainable design , Zero energy

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

February 13, 2013 by  
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President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech

February 13, 2013 by  
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During President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address, he briefly touched upon his plans for combating climate change and reducing emissions, but didn’t go into any meaningful detail. However, during the State of the Union address last night, the President was able to clearly lay out his agenda and draw attention to the issues that will matter most over the next 12 months. And when it came to climate change , he didn’t mince his words. Read the rest of President Obama Vows to ‘Go It Alone’ on Climate Change in State of the Union Speech Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Approval Ratings , barack obama , Climate Change , fracking , global warming , Obama Address , Obama Approval Ratings , Obama State Of The Union 2013 , obamas state of the union , Obamas State Of The Union 2013 , Politics News , Pollster Analysis , President Obama Address , President Obama Speech , SOTU , Sotu 2013 , state of the union , State Of The Union 2013 , State Of The Union Address 2013 , State Of The Union Approval Ratings , State Of The Union Speech , State Of The Union Speech 2013 , Video

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Waterlife.

June 1, 2010 by  
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With the oil spill still spilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Greenissexy has water health on the brain so we turned to the award winning documentary Waterlife to explore more of North America’s most precious resource.   Directed by Kevin McMahon and narrated by the Tragically Hip’s Gordon Downie, Waterlife takes us on an epic journey through the mighty Great Lakes – their long history and their potentially fragile future

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the green party

June 1, 2010 by  
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> Spring has sprung and there’s lots to celebrate!  Whether you’re cooking up plans to host a birthday, wedding, graduation or other party, keep it sexy and green with a few simple tips:   location, location, location :  Pick a spot that’s centrally located to most of your guests to cut back on commuter emissions.  Choosing a spot on a convenient mass-transit route is also a good way to help guests keep their cars parked at home.  If the venue is farther away (for a wedding, for example), encourage guests to carpool. decorations/shmecorations :  When dressing your party, try to incorporate items that will live on in other ways when the last guest has left the party, or ones that can be used up completely.  Decorating with potted plants or dishes filled with fruits and vegetables is a good way to add color to a room without buying a bunch of junk.  Instead of streamers, consider strips of scrap fabric or ribbons that can be used for wrapping gifts throughout the year.  Soy-based candles can add ambience, as can images of the guest of honor, projected from a computer onto a blank wall.  Get creative!  Low-impact party decorating can save money and means you’re not left storing a bunch of junk later

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