See inside NYC’s first micro apartment building + transforming furniture for tiny spaces

May 26, 2016 by  
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Video: Little Darling Productions with Jason Jenkins for NYC Media The winner of New York City’s 2013 adAPT NYC competition to design the city’s first micro unit apartment building, Carmel Place is now almost ready to welcome its first tenants. Designed by nARCHITECTS and developed by Monadnock Development , Carmel Place is a 55-unit, modular apartment building located at 335 E 27th Street in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan. The pilot project was first introduced under the Bloomberg administration in order to address the demand for affordable single- and double- occupant dwellings in the city. RELATED: VIDEO: NYC’s first micro apartment building is almost ready to open “This is going to be the first new construction building with units under 400 square feet that the city has seen in decades,” said Tobias Oriwol, Project Developer at Monadnock Development. “This type of dense living is really the next step of sustainable design and construction in the city.” The unique prefabricated building offers 250- to 370-square-foot apartments with some of the affordable units renting for as low as $950 a month . Market-rate studios start at $2,000. “The building is conceived of as four micro towers starting with a white brick going to a black brick, sort of four shades of grey,” said Eric Bunge, a principal at nARCHITECTS . “We really wanted the design to represent the vibrant community so we designed it so that you conceive the building as a kind of microcosm of the city or micro skyline.” Image: nARCHITECTS The modular pods that make up the building were prefabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard before being shipped to the site, saving money, time and energy. To further support its inherently sustainable design that encourages population density, efficient living and usage of public transportation, Carmel Place was also designed to target LEED Silver certification. “Some of the most interesting things to me about this project are the things you can’t see,” Bunge told us. “This apartment comes with transformable furniture such as this couch that can become a bed but this unit will also come with other furniture that can transform. Every square inch is usable. It’s a unit that feels a lot more than it is, and we think there are great opportunities out there for people to innovate in this space.” One of those people changing the way New Yorkers utilize and maximize their small spaces is Roberto Gil, founder of Casa Kids and Casa Collection . We visited Gil at his Red Hook, Brooklyn studios to check out his latest innovation, the Urbano Loft Bed . The king-size bed’s clever configuration is perfect for studio apartments because it breaks up a single room into a lofted sleeping area, an enclosed office with an additional twin bed, as well as two closets, a desk, dressers, a nightstand and even open shelving. RELATED: VIDEO: Casa Collection’s new Urbano Loft Bed is the answer to your small space storage problems “People like being in the city so they sacrifice space for proximity, which also requires new furniture. I think my designs speak to to the need of New Yorkers and other urban dwellers,” Gil told us. “My designs are very much oriented to modular furniture . The idea of making things in smaller components gives you the flexibility of rearranging them. I try to think not just what my customers need today and tomorrow, but in a few years, how it’s going to evolve as kids grow and family needs change. It’s about being able to use it for many years.” We hope you enjoyed this episode of Urban Green with Inhabitat NYC. Stay tuned for new episodes on NYC TV Channel 25 and on our YouTube channel if you’re not in New York. + Carmel Place + Casa Collection + Urban Green + NYC Media

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Video Interview with Green Prefab Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

April 12, 2016 by  
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At a West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to not only get a sneak peek of the Michelle Kaufmann mkLotus prefab house , but also to speak with the designer herself to get the low-down on the sleekly-designed zero energy home. Check out the video to learn all the details about the energy, water, and materials packed into this compact sustainable home. Read the rest of Video Interview with Green Prefab Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

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INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

April 2, 2014 by  
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Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic may have sufficed in the past, but nowadays there are many more factors – like health and and environmental awareness – that come into play in a child’s education . If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher will be moderating a panel discussion entitled “How to Green Your Child’s Education” on April 26th in NYC . Click here to find out more about the talk and see how you can win tickets to be a part of the audience! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aimee Arandia Østensen , Amie Hamlin , eco design , eco discussions , eco education , eco events , eco kids , eco panels , eco-schools , Elea Robinson , green education , green education nyc , green events , green festival , green festival 2014 , green festival nyc , green festival nyc 2014 , green festivals , green festivals nyc , green nyc , green your education , green your school , greenfestivals , How to Green Your Child’s Education , jill fehrenbacher , nyc green events , sustainable design        

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Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

April 2, 2014 by  
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VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves!

December 3, 2013 by  
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Living in New York City, I often feel like I’m lacking nature in my life. Lucky for me, however I recently got offered the opportunity to go on an “animal adventure roulette” by  Subaru to check out some local fauna in the New York City area, with my 5-year-old son Petey. Our first destination?  Ambika Conroy’s Compassionate Bunny Fur Farm in upstate New York with 18 angora rabbits , where owner Ambika makes amazingly soft, warm, fur-like winter accessories like scarves, hats and sweaters sans cruelty by brushing her adorable pet rabbits! We also made a stop at a surprise destination to howl with some wild New York wolves . Watch the video here , to see what the wolves have to say to Inhabitat readers! READ MORE HERE >   Read the rest of VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adventure roulette , adventure roulette subaru , ambika , ambika conroy , Ambika’s Bunny Farm , Ambika’s Compassionate Bunny Fur Farm , angora bunnies , angora farm , angora goats , angora rabbits , bunny farm , compassionate fur , compassionate furrier , cruelty-free bunny farm , cruelty-free fur , eco-friendly fur , English angora bunnies , ethical fur , ethical fur farm , ethical fur winter accessories , ethical furrier , friendly fur , fur winter accessories , jill fehrenbacher , kind fur , new york grey wolf , New York wolves , NY Wolf Conservation Center , rabbit farm , South Salem , South Salem New York , Stain angora rabbits , Subaru , subaru cars , subaru forester , sustainable fur , The Catskills , The Catskills New York , upstate New York , wolf sanctuary , Woodridge New York        

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MIT-Designed Copenhagen Wheel Finally Hits the Market, Turns any Bike Into a Hybrid Electric Vehicle

December 3, 2013 by  
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When MIT unveiled designs for the Copenhagen Wheel in 2009 , it generated a lot of buzz. The deceptively simple, self-contained system can turn any bike into a “smart electric hybrid” cycle by providing a kinetic boost for riders. Four years passed—during which time the Copenhagen Wheel received a handy, high-profile publicity boost as part of a plot line on the HBO’s Weeds —and now Massachusetts-based company Superpedestrian is finally accepting pre-orders for the wheel. Read the rest of MIT-Designed Copenhagen Wheel Finally Hits the Market, Turns any Bike Into a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike safety , copenhagen wheel , e-bike , electric assist , electric bike , hybrid bike , MIT , regenerative braking , senseable city lab , smart bike , smartphone app , superpedestrian , weeds        

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Green Design Predictions for 2012

January 2, 2012 by  
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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

July 30, 2011 by  
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THE STORY OF INHABITAT: How Inhabitat got its start

May 3, 2011 by  
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If you’ve ever been curious about how Inhabitat got its start, today is your lucky day. As the founder and editpreneur behind the blog-turned-business , I spend much of my thoughts focused on the future: the next story, the next interview, the next big project. Anyone who runs a business knows that you don’t get much time to look back

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Inhabitots Green Parenting Predictions for 2011

January 3, 2011 by  
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As the new year starts off in full swing, the Inhabitots team caught up with some of our favorite green designers and bloggers to share their thoughts about what lies ahead in green design and what sustainable steps we’ll see the world take in 2011 to make it a better place for our kids and families.

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