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Archive for October, 2012

Hidden TriBeCa

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In this weekly blog series, MAS Intern and Sarah Lawrence College Senior Kate Lenahan reports back on her adventures on MAS tours. We hope you will also share your tour experiences with us on our Facebook pageTwitter, or follow us on Instagram at MAS_NYC.

With real estate prices rising and developers snatching up open lots for new commercial and residential buildings, it was fitting for MAS tour guide and historian Matt Postal to begin last Saturday’s tour of TriBeCa with the question, “What is so hidden about TriBeCa?”

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Announcing the Global Livable Resilient City Network

On the heels of the MAS Summit for New York City, MAS is initiating the Global Livable Resilient City Network (GLCRN) to bring together global cities to share strategies and approaches that foster livability and resilience. The inaugural meeting of this learning network will take place in this November at the prestigious Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy. Villa Serbelloni is a conference center operated by the Rockefeller Foundation that has given birth to game-changing approaches to global challenges in public health, education and agricultural production.

Cities everywhere face many similar challenges, but the world’s global cities—ones which drive global finance, culture and social innovation—must address a set of conditions particular to their size, scale, and intensity. The density and diversities (of all kinds) that these cities generate are extraordinarily productive, but they also pose extraordinary challenges. We are creating this network to better identify the range of challenges and innovative responses, while strengthening the field of resilient, livable city-building.

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Thinking of Greening your Historic Rowhouse?

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MAS and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission have partnered to produce a free digital guide to help home owners improve the energy efficiency of historic (pre-1940) rowhouses without compromising their distinctive architectural features.

The Greening New York City’s Historic Buildings: Green Rowhouse Manual, is the first of its kind in New York City. The manual is organized into eleven sections to help building owners identify opportunities for “greening projects.” Among the suggested low- and moderate-cost energy efficiency improvements are weatherization, utilizing more efficient forms of lighting and controls, and installing basement and roof insulation.  More intensive measures suggested in the guide include installing green roofs and rooftop solar panels.

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MAS Releases Third Annual MAS Survey on Livability

New Yorkers see employment concerns, public safety, housing and the cost of living as the greatest challenges to living happily in New York City, according to the 2012 MAS Survey on Livability, which was released this morning at the MAS Summit for New York City and reported in The New York Times.

While life in the Big Apple is generally good, say 84% of those polled, more than one fifth of New Yorkers are worried about employment (22%) and safety (21%) – slightly more than those who are concerned about that perennial source of anxiety among New Yorkers: housing (19%).

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The Next 100: Visionary Designs Unveiled for Grand Central and East Midtown

Three visionary architectural designs that re-imagine the public spaces in and around Grand Central Terminal and the East Midtown neighborhood will be unveiled this afternoon at the MAS Summit for New York City. From a soaring skyway that rises above Grand Central, to a transformed Park Avenue Viaduct, to expansive pedestrian plazas and bicycle paths, the designs will help inform the future of this critical neighborhood as Grand Central celebrates its 100th anniversary and as New York City develops a new planning framework that calls for the re-zoning of the area’s core.

 

Earlier this year, MAS launched Grand Central … The Next 100, and commissioned three prestigious firms – Foster + Partners (Foster), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), and WXY architecture + urban design (WXY) – to create a vision for the future of the public areas around the terminal and in East Midtown. All three design firms will be on hand to present their designs (viewable below) at the MAS Summit for New York City.

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