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1972 Subway Map

New York City has come a long way since the underground rail system was first built by Alfred Ely Beach in 1869. It has evolved over time expanding and providing service to New Yorkers 24 hours a day 365 days … Continue reading

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The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan

C. Bachman’s View looking south from Union Square, 1849. Courtesy MCNY The grid pattern has been around for thousands of years and every city that has adopted the gridlock plan has a personal relationship with it. One of the most … Continue reading

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Transportation Enhancement (TE) Funds Through USDOT Improve Vermont Communities

Thanks to federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds, three communities in Vermont are now ready to move forward with several new pedestrian and bicycle connection plans. For example, in the town of Fairfield, wider paved shoulders, crosswalks, roadway surfacing, and locations … Continue reading

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Funding Resources For Green Building Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website has a green building page entirely dedicated to funding for green buildings. Although the EPA does not provide direct funding for green building projects, the agency has listed numerous sources available at the national, state … Continue reading

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Urban Farming in New York City

What do Brooklyn Grange, Added Value, Tenth Acre Farms, Urban Farm at Battery, and Gotham Greens all have in common? They are 5 of the leading urban agricultural projects in New York City. They all share a similar goal, in … Continue reading

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Architecture for Humanity

 As urban planners and architects it is our responsibility to build for environmental disasters. Yes, this may sound like a difficult task to build for one, but what is even more difficult is the aftermath of a city after severe devastation. … Continue reading

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The Most Sustainable Cities On Earth

The following five cities share an astounding characteristic: (1) Vancouver, Canada  (2) San Francisco, United States (3) Oslo, Norway (4) Curitiba, Brazil and (5) Copenhagen, Denmark THEY ARE THE TOP FIVE MOST SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD! This would not have … Continue reading

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Philly firm Onion Flats plans largest net-zero mixed-use development

Photo Courtesy of Onionflats Philadelphia may be the first city to be developing a net zero mixed use development. Onion Flats began in 1997 when Tim and Pat Macdonald purchased a five story, 200 year old building in the Old City … Continue reading

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Has our focus on housing distracted us?

Towards a Right to Space Photo Credit: Kerwin Datu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Does everyone in a community have a right to space? For some that space can include a residential space, an educational space, and a work space. This may seem quite … Continue reading

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Rooftop Greenhouses To Provide Food For Thousands

In Montreal, Lufa Farms Inc., the creator of the world’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse, has agreed to build and operate rooftop greenhouses on LEED-certified industrial buildings. These commercial sized rooftop greenhouses will be between 80,000 and 120,000 square feet in … Continue reading

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