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New York’s offshore windfarm?

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Friday 8 January 2010

While the green industry and most of the world were looking to Copenhagen for inspiration, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg was in a helicopter, overlooking Denmark’s offshore windfarm, Horns Rev 2, the largest of its kind in the world to date. Bloomberg has his own offshore windfarm energy project already in motion, and with the Long Island wind project estimated to be operating at 700 megawatts, Horns Rev 2 (operating at 209 megawatts) will be easily replaced as the largest offshore windfarm.

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Beautiful Earth Group solar powered vehicle stations

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Thursday 24 December 2009

Beautiful Earth Group, a New York-based sustainable energy company, has finally made solar powered electric vehicle stations bi-costal. Red Hook, Brooklyn, is home to the first of these powering stations, just a stone’s throw from Beautiful Earth’s offices in downtown Manhattan. The stations is completely modular and off-grid, and is comprised of shipping containers that have been recycled specifically for this purpose.

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World’s largest solar energy building

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Monday 21 December 2009

In Dezhou, located deep in the Shangdong Province in Northwest China, lies a 75,000 square meter structure in the shape of a fan. The building, which houses a hotel, science research facilities, meeting and training facilities, and exhibition centers, is solely powered by solar energy. The structure, which uses advanced wall and roof practices to […]

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Underground house in Switzerland

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By Katriane Hill in Architecture on Monday 21 December 2009

Vals, Switzerland, is known for their thermal baths and pristine landscape views of the Swiss Alps. Vals is not known, however, for clever underground architecture. But it is in Vals where a breathtaking home was built underground to eliminate destructive processes at land level. Designed by architectural firm SeArch and Christian Muller, the home is accessible by a a steep set of stone steps built into the incline that the home is built in.

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eVaro 3-wheel electric vehicle

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Monday 16 November 2009

This year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas was home to several electric vehicles, yet the eVaro seems to have garnered the most attention, boasting zero carbon emissions for 90 per cent of the time spent on the road and an impressive mpg of 275.

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American eco-fashion visionaries

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Friday 13 November 2009

Pratt Manhattan Gallery, in a show guest curated by Francesca Granata (Parsons School for Design Lecturer) and Sarah Scaturro (adjunct instructor for Fashion Institute of Technology), takes a look at American eco-fashion visionaries — such as Alabama Chanin [above], Uluru, Loomstate, and others.

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Eco skyscraper design in Philadelphia

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Wednesday 11 November 2009

Philadelphia’s 58-floor Comcast building has been awarded the Gold Certification for LEED-CS (core and shell). The obelisk-formed building, which sits right above the Suburban railway station, boasts high performance glass and sunscreens, which helps keep out 60 per cent of the sun’s heat and contains 70 per cent of the site’s available light. The building […]

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Lycee Jean Moulin’s green roofs by Off Architecture

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Saturday 26 September 2009

Paris-based design firm Off Architecture, in collaboration with Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture and Jeans Gincinto, is granting a gift for current and future students of the Lycee Jean Moulin in Revin, France. The Lycee, which will be completed sometime in 2012, is being constructed to sustainable standards, including being built with the flow of the […]

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Church converted to modern bookstore

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By Katriane Hill in Architecture on Saturday 26 September 2009

Deep in the heart of the Dominican Republic lies an unusual bookstore, aptly named Selexyz Dominicanen. It is housed in Maastricht, in the bowels of an ancient church which was constructed in 1294. Since it’s interruption as a church (Napoleon invaded Maastricht in 1794 and forced the loyal parishioners out of the country), this beautiful church has seen use as a parish, warehouse, and most notably (and creatively), a large parking lot for bicycles.

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Melissa jellies for the eco-friendly

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Saturday 22 August 2009

Many fashion-forward but environmentally conscious women have had to forgo the comfort and simplicity of the jellies because of the negative impact the manufacturing has on the planet. But now, with the introduction of the very rare and very comfortable clear jellies from Melissa, a shoe darling of the eco world, we can show off […]

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Brandon Jan Blommaert’s Virtual Trash sculptures

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Tuesday 4 August 2009

In Brandon Jan Blommaert’s latest exhibition, he takes inspiration from Godzilla and creates large sculptures of robots and monsters from trash that he has salvaged himself and then photoshops a fantasy background behind them. It was all created as a series of public artworks for a Canadian town in Alberta. The main message? We will […]

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New airport for Paris in the Seine?

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By Katriane Hill in Cool Travel on Friday 24 July 2009

Or in this case, New York and Toronto. It seems that Paris would like to keep up with urban airports, and thus rumors are flying that the City of Lights will build an airport in the middle of the Seine. The photo above is a design by a French architect, with the runway in the […]

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East End London the home to a wheatfield

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Thursday 23 July 2009

Few things are as powerful as activist art. The remake of the 1982 wheatfield planted in downtown New York City by the artist Agnes Denes solidifies that idea. A French artist collective have reinterpreted the work she did in New York, only this time uprooting wheat from Lancashire and moved to a derelict site in Dalston.

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UK’s classic double decker bus gets a green makeover

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Friday 17 July 2009

But don’t worry, the new hybrids — made by European favorite Volvo — will retain the very British red color for which they are well known for. The new B5L operate with a hybrid drivetrain, which allows the bus to stay in electric mode up to twelve mph. After that, the B5Ls will operate in […]

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USPS going green with fuel efficient vehicles

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Wednesday 15 July 2009

The United States Postal Service is known to harbor one of the largest vehicle fleets on the planet, with over 220,000 vans in use. Of the fleet, currently 43,000 vehicles use alternative-fuel. Now the USPS has announced plans to replace aging vans with 900 hybrids and 1,000 alternative fuel vehicles.

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