The top 5 Inhabitat videos of the year

December 31, 2016 by  
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From foraging for mushrooms (and avoiding the poisonous ones) to eating your banana peels instead of throwing them away and touring NYC’s first micro apartment buildings , we had loads of fun bringing you all sorts of videos this year. Check out our top 5 videos of the year below and vote for your favorite. [poll id=118]

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9 reasons 2016 wasn’t as bad as you think

December 31, 2016 by  
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It’s been a turbulent year for people everywhere, but we are determined to keep sharing stories that highlight what is good and right with the world. From the 105-year-old woman from India who started planting trees because she couldn’t have children, to two teens in Bali who convinced their government plastic bags simply aren’t worth the harm they cause, and the the man who turned an ordinary van into a slick mobile film-making studio, drastically improving his quality of life, we’ve published several inspiring stories this year. Here are nine that seemed to strike a particular chord with our readers – let us know which one moved you the most. [poll id=120]

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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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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

February 24, 2015 by  
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The Eiffel Tower has just unveiled a new, sustainable facelift, and perhaps the most striking update to the famous landmark comes in the form of two of Urban Green Energy’s (UGE) vertical axis wind turbines . Installed 400ft up, within the tower’s iconic framework, the turbines are now providing 10,000kWh of green electricity each year. Read the rest of UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Eiffel Tower , france , green energy , green renovation , green upgrade , landmark , Paris , renewable energy , UGE , urban green energy

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

September 20, 2014 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an abandoned, elevated freight train track into a public park , this project has redefined the New York experience, affording never-before seen views of the city’s surrounding natural landscape as well as an expansive and intimate look into one of the world’s most dynamic urban environments . With the completion of the rest of the High Line currently in the works , we couldn’t think of a better time to catch up with one of the brilliant minds behind the design of this beautiful public space. I recently sat down with landscape architect  James Corner , the lead designer behind the High Line , to get his personal perspective on the what it was like to take an abandoned train track and turn it into one of NYC’s best loved spots of greenery. Read on for my exclusive interview with James Corner below… Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Diller Scofidio + Renfro , high line , high line new york city , james corner field operations , landscape architect , Landscape Architecture , native plants , sustainable design , Urban design , urban green space

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Shenzhen’s Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

September 8, 2014 by  
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Urban Green Energy (UGE) Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine

April 29, 2014 by  
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One of the world’s leading renewable energy providers Urban Green Energy (UGE) has announced the release of their latest cutting-edge vertical axis wind turbine , the VisionAIR3. The result of more than a year of testing and research, the new turbine reportedly offers “greater durability and increased efficiency” over the prior model. Read the rest of Urban Green Energy (UGE) Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Next generation vertical axis wind turbine , UGE , UGE turbine , urban green energy , vertical axis turbine , vertical axis wind turbine , VisionAIR3 , VisionAIR5 , wind energy

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14 UGE Wind Turbines Turn Philadelphia Eagles’ Home Field Into the NFL’s Greenest Stadium!

November 12, 2012 by  
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Despite a challenging football season, the Philadelphia Eagles are clearly winning in the the alternative energy game. The team recently called upon New York-based Urban Green Energy (UGE) to install fourteen micro wind turbines  at Lincoln Financial Field. The turbines are located in two sets of seven at opposing ends of the field and connected to the stadium’s grid, reducing energy consumption during the day, and putting power back into the grid at night. Thanks to the stadium’s existing and future solar power arrays, the Eagles’ home field will now generate more alternative power than any stadium in the NFL . Read the rest of 14 UGE Wind Turbines Turn Philadelphia Eagles’ Home Field Into the NFL’s Greenest Stadium! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Energy Consumption , football , nfl , Philadelphia Eagles , renewable energy , solar panels , UGE , vertical axis , wind turbines

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Is Smart the Most Sustainable Car on the Planet?

October 7, 2011 by  
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Image Credit: Courtesy of smart usa All anyone really ever talks about when it comes to automobiles is what’s coming out of the tailpipe. But fuel type is only one aspect of a car’s sustainability. For the better part of three weeks, I’ve been driving around the country in a smart promoting my new book Urban Green . The car company is a sponsor of my nationwide book tour. I’ve headed out into America to visit more than 20 colleges and universities to engage millennials to discover what they really thin… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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On the Road with Urban Green at Winthrop University

September 15, 2011 by  
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Graphic by Chambers Design , Photo Courtesy of smart usa Big surprises can come in little packages – and that’s what I found when I visited Winthrop University during my book tour stop at the school. The campus is located just south of Charlotte, NC in the town of Rock Hill, SC . The school has the feel of a academic oasis where you can park your car and … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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