Renzo Piano-designed condo to become first high-end residential Zero Waste Building in NYC

July 2, 2018 by  
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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano’s first residential building at 565 Broome Soho is nearing completion in New York City—and it’s expected to become the city’s first high-end residential Zero Waste Building. That eco-friendly distinction—achieved through the diversion of over 90 percent of waste from landfills, incinerators and the environment—will be complemented by other green features such as ample daylighting, electric vehicle charging stations, and refillable water bottle stations created with the goal of eliminating all plastic water bottle use in the building. The light-filled, zero-waste condo will be sheathed in low-iron glass and embrace 360-degree panoramic views of the Hudson River, One World Trade Center and beyond. Developed by global real estate firm Bizzi & Partners Development, Aronov Development and Halpern Real Estate Ventures, 565 Broome Soho comprises 112 residences that range from studios to four-bedroom condominium homes. Renzo Piano Building Workshop worked alongside Parisian interior design firm Rena Dumas Architecture Interieure to create an airy, light-filled building that hearkens back to the early industrial Soho lofts. Tall ceilings soar to heights of over 10 feet, while floor-to-ceiling ultra-transparent glass windows emphasize the spacious feel. Residents will be treated to a diverse suite of amenities that include a heated, 55-foot indoor swimming pool ; a fitness center; steam rooms and a sauna; and lush spaces like the landscaped outdoor terrace and the interior landscaped lounge with a 92-foot-tall ceiling and living green wall . The building will also be equipped with automated parking technology. Related: Renzo Piano reveals designs for Toronto courthouse targeting LEED Silver The residential interiors will be dressed with six-inch white oak plank floors, custom wood entry doors, a custom-designed kitchen with white oak cabinetry and high-end fixtures, and Calcacatta Caldia marble slab walls and flooring in the master bathrooms. Pricing at 565 Broome Soho starts at $2,075,000 for a 990-square-foot bedroom and goes up to $40,500,000 for the penthouse residence at 6,655 square feet. + Renzo Piano Building Workshop Images by Noë & Associates with The Boundary

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Hudson River Housing: How to build resilient communities

November 4, 2016 by  
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From shelter to job training: Elizabeth Celaya talks about the work of the Hudson River Housing Inc. to effectively serve the homeless in Poughkeepsie.

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Why we must design as if we’re part of nature

November 4, 2016 by  
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The bad news: We only have a few decades left to shift to regenerative design. But there’s good news too.

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Recent Indian Point nuclear reactor outage was probably caused by bird poop

March 4, 2016 by  
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A sudden shutdown of the Indian Point  nuclear reactor just outside of New York last December is believed to have been triggered by bird droppings  that interfered with the outdoor electrical lines. What is called bird “streaming” is not as uncommon as you may think and it makes for quite a crappy inconvenience, especially in light of the plant’s recent failures . Read the rest of Recent Indian Point nuclear reactor outage was probably caused by bird poop

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Sculptural home set on a disused railway keeps naturally cool in Toronto

March 4, 2016 by  
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Artist Daniel Agdag crafts fantastical machines from humble cardboard

March 4, 2016 by  
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New York City’s nuclear power plant leaking ‘uncontrollable radioactive flow’ into Hudson River

February 26, 2016 by  
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently called for an investigation after Indian Point, a nuclear power plant on the Hudson River, reported a leak of radioactive material flowing into the groundwater. Now, new samples taken from the local groundwater show that contamination levels are 80% higher than previous samples, prompting experts to claim this leak is spreading in “a disaster waiting to happen” and calling for the plant to be shut down completely. The Indian Point nuclear power plant is located just 25 miles north of New York City, and it’s a crucial source of of power for over 23 million people living in the greater NYC metropolitan region. The location 25 mile north of NYC is a serious threat to the whole region, according to watchdog group Riverkeeper . Read the rest of New York City’s nuclear power plant leaking ‘uncontrollable radioactive flow’ into Hudson River

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Nazi-era Tempelhof Airport in Berlin to house more refugees

February 26, 2016 by  
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Germany’s Nazi-era Tempelhof Airport is currently housing hundreds of refugees seeking safety and shelter. Last week, experts began to reimagine the space – just in time to help accommodate the expected arrival of 800,000 displaced people into the country this year. Read the rest of Nazi-era Tempelhof Airport in Berlin to house more refugees

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Terrifying video shows Chinese escalator reversing direction and chucking passengers

February 26, 2016 by  
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If you’ve ever felt uneasy riding an escalator, there may be a very good reason. Recently leaked CCTV footage from a Chinese subway station shows a fully packed escalator suddenly switching into reverse and throwing dozens of commuters to the floor. The incident apparently took place on February 19 at a subway station in Ningbo, a city in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Read the rest of Terrifying video shows Chinese escalator reversing direction and chucking passengers

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Moss Voltaics is a clean, green, energy-producing machine that mounts to the wall

February 26, 2016 by  
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