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  • It’s Back! Second Life Remix 2

    by greenspacewriter 02/27/2014

    It’s back! Second Life Remix 2

    Last year GreenspaceNYC had a great time hosting Second Life Remix, an eco-crafting and upcycling competition. For 2014 we’re bringing Second Life Remix back for another evening of hands-on reuse activity and discussion. This year’s theme is upcyled and recycled fashion. Participants are presented with this challenge: Create a garment from the materials we supply through our material sponsorship Material for the Arts or bring some discarded, forgotten items of your own and upycle these materials into a cutting edge piece of clothing or an accessory—like a bag or a piece of jewelry. Participants will work individually during out “Project Runway” inspired competition. The night will conclude in a grassroots version of a catwalk and urban fashionistas, crafters, and clever engineers will have the opportunity to display their creations for prizes! Spectators welcome. Participation encouraged!

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  • Mass Amateurism or the Polymath Revival

    by greenspacewriter 12/26/2013

    Nowadays, there is grassroots creativity all over the place. Or perhaps these terms have come into our mainstream dialogue. When it’s more than a hobby and less than a profession, what exactly is it? I suppose the longer you study something, the more likely you are to become a specialist. I’ve met Detroit residents who have lived, worked, and fought for their midtown and uptown neighborhoods for decades. Local organizations call these residents local “historians”. Many bloggers are considered journalists. And many writers, dabbling in the craft, well—they become accomplished novelists. And some of the finest environmental activists and sustainability geeks assumed this identity because they care about the environment and are always seeking new ways they can get involved in their communities.

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  • Courtney Selstad: On Vadis Turner, Material for the Arts, and Sustainability

    by greenspacewriter 11/27/2013

    CS: I am a predominantly right-brained person. I am a maker not a scientist or an engineer. As such, I sometimes have a difficult time finding my voice in the world of sustainability. Recently I’ve been on a quest to increase my knowledge of the waste management system, possibly even pursue a graduate degree in the subject. My aim is to apply my background in government relations, advocacy and administration to the field of waste management, but all the materials I found are structured towards engineering and environmental science.

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  • Strategies for Flooding Awareness

    by greenspacewriter 11/02/2013

    Guest post by Dan Bourbeau

    As the sea level rises, it will be affecting a large percentage of the world population. As the ocean gets warmer the sea level rises. And as the sea temperature gets warmer, the volume of water becomes larger. In the years to come, storms and flooding could overtake larger and larger parts of coastal communities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has expanded the flood zone maps of much of New York City to reflect this new reality. What do we do about this?

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  • Sponsoring Social Good

    by greenspacewriter 10/05/2013

    Long-time GREENSPACENYC co-organizer, graphic designer, and student of urban studies, Jeff Kasper, recently received the prestigious Josh and Judy Weston Scholarship in Public Service to support his work (developing arts-based public and educational programming) with non-profit and volunteer-led organizations.

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  • 555 Hudson St. Former residence of author and activist Jane Jacobs

    by greenspacewriter 09/01/2013

    By Jeff Kasper, CUNY scholar and GreenspaceNYC organizer

    555 Hudson Street is the former residence of author and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). Jacobs is most known for her first groundbreaking book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), which opposed the widely accepted urban planning practices of slum clearance and urban renewal. Jacobs is famous for her advocacy of community-based planning and organizing, and is praised for her successful opposition of Robert Moses and his plans to tear down parts of Greenwich Village to make room for the Lower Manhattan Crosstown Expressway.

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  • Atlanta Turns Old Railroad Tracks into Green Spaces

    by greenspacewriter 08/18/2013

    Guest blog post by Elina Lumbroso

    On Saturday August 10th, 2013 a dedication ceremony was held for the Atlanta Beltline’s southwest connector trail. Atlanta Beltline is an innovative urban project supporting the redevelopment of the city. It forms a loop around midtown and downtown Atlanta and includes new transit stations, 1,300 acres of new and improved green space, 40% more parks, 5,600 units of affordable housing, and 14-foot-wide paths connecting wealthy and lower-income areas within a 22 mile radius around the city. The Beltline was conceived ten years ago, when a student in architecture delivered his master thesis. Ryan Gravel imagined transforming the abandoned railroad lines of Atlanta into a network of transit, parks, walkway and bike trails. Today, those abandoned tracks and brownfield sites have become the Atlanta Beltline, a stunning project for the city.

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  • Join us for Play Forum / Play City at Fat Cat–August 31st

    by greenspacewriter 08/09/2013

    GREENSPACENYC is pleased to introduce the Play Forum / Play City at Fat Cat—- a collaborative project to explore how we can better integrate play into the everyday.  This is our fourth iteration of this workshop, hosted this past year at the New Museum, Interaction Design and Children 2013 Conference at Parsons The New School for Design, and FIGMENT NYC.

    The goal of the project is to begin conversations around how we do experience the city and how we could. What are current examples of play within urban space? What are some strategies for incorporating play into our cities through top-down and bottom-up interventions? Is play an integral element in the development of more sustainable communities and neighborhoods?

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  • Considerations for Public Space, Private Space, and the Always-On Lifestyle

    by greenspacewriter 08/02/2013

    At GreenspaceNYC we believe in the democratization of public participation and public discourse, however we realize there are a lot of concerns today about what it means to be a part of an “always on” lifestyle and what it means to carve out some “private space”. Many of our colleagues are artists, architects, urban planners, designers, and “green” professionals. Some work in companies, non-profits, studios, and many of our friends are NYC-based. They work hard and many wonder about their social boundaries in today’s busy lifestyle. We put together a few simple considerations about striking the balance.

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  • GreenspaceNYC Turns 2! Join us on July 26th for Raising Green.

    by greenspacewriter 07/17/2013

    Earlier this Spring, GreenspaceNYC celebrated its 2nd birthday. We are very excited to host this get-together! Considering 14 events and workshops, 500+ event participants, 1800 tweets and 336 Facebook “likes”, this 2 year-old has covered a lot of ground and has some great things in store for its future. GreenspaceNYC continues to move the organization forward–we are committed to our goal of facilitating a green community in the city through free events, discussions and projects. We’ve done our work solely with help of volunteers and material and in-kind donations from our awesome community partners.

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