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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The best online secondhand clothing shops

May 3, 2019 by  
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People are buying clothes and adding to their wardrobes like never before. This growth has been a boom for the fashion industry , but it has also lead to more and more clothes ending up in landfills around the world. One solution to help curb clothing waste is to buy secondhand clothing — and the rise of online thrift stores is making that easier than ever. Not only is buying secondhand clothing good for your wallet and the planet, but it is also possible to find quality items without leaving the comfort of your home. From common name brands to vintage and unique labels, here are all of the best places to buy (or sell) secondhand clothes. Vinted Vinted is a great website to sell and purchase secondhand clothing. If you are looking to sell some unwanted items in your closet, simply open an account online to get started. Vinted will create a custom page for your item, complete with a description and photos you provide. Once someone purchases the item, Vinted will send you a packaging label to send the product on its way. It’s easy for sellers to share their closets on social media as well. Related: 6 of the best places to donate your things Vinted also has plenty of clothing options for women, men and children. The prices are very affordable, and each item comes with at least one picture showing the condition. The product description also informs you of the brand, size, location of the seller, how many people viewed the page and when it was uploaded. Buyers and sellers can easily communicate, make bargains and leave feedback on one another to help future Vinted users make informed decisions. Poshmark Poshmark is similar to Vinted in that you can buy and sell secondhand clothing using its resources. One big difference between the two is that Poshmark is very brand-oriented. If you are looking for a specific brand, say Coach or Nike, then Poshmark makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Poshmark is also fully integrated with social media, so you can share whatever you are trying to sell with your online followers. If you have a large social media presence, this can work to your advantage and help you sell things faster. You can also leave feedback for particular sellers if you like your purchase. ThredUP ThredUP is primarily geared toward women and children and features a slew of amazing sales. You can also find great deals on shoes, handbags and accessories , plus a line of secondhand maternity clothes. ThredUP also features the ability to shop by discount, which makes it super easy to find the best deals online. ThredUP claims to be the largest online thrift store in the entire world. The company has thousands of products online at any given moment, and they inspect each piece of clothing for quality. ThredUP also has a program called Goody Box, in which they send you clothing based on your style. You only get charged for things you keep. Ebay Ebay is known for selling an assortment of goods, but you may not realize that you can purchase secondhand clothing on the site as well. In fact, the company has a tab on its homepage for fashion, where you can find all sorts of clothing items and accessories. You have to dig a little deeper to find secondhand clothing, but Ebay makes it easy by offering a pre-owned filter. You can sell your old clothes, shoes and accessories on Ebay, too. Related: Introducing ReTuna, the world’s first secondhand shopping mall ASOS Marketplace ASOS Marketplace has become a great resource for independent and vintage brands. If you have trouble finding a brand that has gone out of business or is only in select shops, ASOS Marketplace is the site for you. The company offers products for men and women and features both new and used clothing from around the world. The company also allows people to set up their own boutique online, though they have some strict guidelines before they will approve you. This includes having a certain number of clothing items on sale at all times and following their photography guidelines. Depop Depop actually started as a social network where customers could purchase fashion items from a magazine. The company has since added the ability to sell from its app and website, which has broadened its appeal. What separates Depop from everyone else on this list is its social networking element. With Depop, users share their purchasing ideas, inspiring others with their fashion trends. Swap Swap is another popular online thrift store similar to ThredUP. The company hand-inspects all of the items and sells everything from men’s and women’s clothing to toys and maternity-wear. Swap offers many popular brands and makes it easy to find the best deal. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, the company also offers hassle-free returns, which pays for shipping and gives you a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Related: The sustainable wardobe — it’s more accessible than you think Patagonia Worn Wear Patagonia Worn Wear is a great example of a company doing its best to keep its products in circulation as long as possible. The program works by customers trading in their old Patagonia clothing at local stores. The company then washes and repairs the clothing and puts it online for resale. Patagonia offers secondhand clothing for men, women and children, plus used gear and backpacks. Screenshot images via Inhabitat; images via RawPixel and Depop

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Apartment Tour: Inside the world’s tallest modular building

November 17, 2016 by  
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461 Dean , the tallest modular building in the world , opened this week in Brooklyn, New York. The 32-story rental property developed by Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by SHoP Architects launched its official start of leasing on Tuesday, and Inhabitat was invited to take a look at three different apartments inside of the groundbreaking new green property. Check out our video tour here . WATCH THE VIDEO >

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SHoP designs 50 solar-powered schools for earthquake-damaged regions in Nepal

December 24, 2015 by  
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SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

June 4, 2015 by  
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Often called the Capital of Latin America , Miami has been identified  as the richest city in the United States, the fifth richest globally by purchasing power, yet it lacks key characteristics of a true world city, such as comprehensive public transit and dense development that may attract powerful tech companies. To fill this gap, SHoP Architects and West 8 , in partnership with developer Michael Simkins, have proposed the construction of a four-block “Innovation District,” which incorporates urban density and modern amenities into its design. In the midst of Miami’s current construction boom, the developers hope that the Innovation District will foster the growth of creative technology industries in Miami.   Read the rest of SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , downtown miami , innovation district , Miami , Miami Innovation District , mixed-use , shop architects , urban density , Urban design , west 8

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This is what Uber’s futuristic new headquarters will look like

May 29, 2015 by  
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Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans

May 29, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans. One is Google’s recent announcement that the 11 incidents its autonomous autos have been involved in can all be attributed solely to human interaction. But the technology is still nascent, and the potential for pitfalls is alarming. A newly released video shows a group of besuited journalists testing out Volvo’s fancy new self-parking feature: the car gently reverses itself, waits, and then accelerates rapidly into two soon-to-be-bruised men. The cause of this horrific event? The XC60 in question apparently wasn’t equipped with the “Pedestrian Detection” feature—that option requires an extra fee. Read the rest of Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous car crash , self-driving safety , self-driving volvo , self-parking volvo , volvo accident , volvo city safe , volvo safety , Volvo XC60

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Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

May 21, 2014 by  
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New Yorkers looking to get their bodies beach-ready now have a new place to work out – a waterfront outdoor gym on the Lower East Side. The colorful fitness center features 12 exercise machines (some that can be used by two people at once), faces the East River and, get this, is totally free to the public! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design for fitness , Design for Health , east river waterfront esplanade , eco design , fitness chinatown , game time , gametime , green design , Lower East Side , lower Manhattan , outdoor elliptical machines , Outdoor Exercise Machines , outdoor fitness room , shop architects , sustainable design

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Cargo of 20 Million Bees Swarms After Truck Overturns

May 21, 2014 by  
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A tractor-trailer carrying a cargo of 460 beehives overturned last night on a ramp into the I-95 North in Newark, Delaware. The accident released the insects from their hives , causing a swarm of an estimated 20 million bees. Authorities reported the driver of the truck received a minor arm injury, and that he and his two passengers also received 50–100 stings each from their irate and confused payload. Read the rest of Cargo of 20 Million Bees Swarms After Truck Overturns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 20 million bees , bee hives , bee swarm , beekeepers , bees , bees in truck crash , delaware , escaped bees , honeybees , road crash bees , truck accident , truck carrying bees overturns

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Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has announced that it will be topping off its already impressive environmental achievements with a 130,000-square-foot green roof . Designed by SHoP Architects, the new planted roof will provide an aesthetically pleasing view for those living in the soon-to-be-completed apartments above, but will also soak up rainwater and dampen noise during concerts and sporting events. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atlantic yards , barclays center , barclays green roof cost , Brooklyn , Forest City Ratner , green roof , Greenland Group , Nets , shop architects

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