Dec 10, 2013
How NYC gets cooler: NYC°CoolRoofs
In the second of our TEDxCity2.0 videos, an event hosted by City Atlas and the sustainable coffee bar COFFEED, Diahann Billings-Burford, New York City’s first Chief Service Officer, talks about launching NYC Service and the city-led volunteer initiative NYC°CoolRoofs. NYC°CoolRoofs leads volunteers to combat heat from climate change by painting rooftops reflective white. Over 5100 volunteers have worked with NYC°CoolRoofs […]
Dec 5, 2013
Financing an equitable and resilient future
The New York City Bar recently hosted a conference focused on Recovery, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Planning, or RAMP, one of the many urban planning ideas developed in response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the city. RAMP is an initiative of the Pratt Institute, which is focusing on public programs to address the issues of a changing climate. The […]
Dec 3, 2013
Talking affordable housing with CUP
At Talking Transitions, workshop toolkit designers from The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) educate New Yorkers on the complexities and variations of affordable housing in New York City.
Nov 20, 2013
Discovering a floating park at the High Line
Make way for the High Line’s newest addition: a floating park at the Spur.
Nov 18, 2013
The future of South Queens
New York City's trendsetting oceanfront is along the Rockaway Peninsula. After Sandy, how is the city planning ahead for those neighborhoods?
Nov 13, 2013
Tacloban and New York
Typhoon Haiyan is a glimpse of what a densely populated world colliding with a radically changing climate system could look like.
Nov 11, 2013
Annual MAS Summit looks at full scope of the city's future
What comes to mind when you think about the coming years in New York City? Resilience? Livability? Community? More new tools for a sharing economy?
Nov 8, 2013
Vermont Sail Freight Project sails into New York City
A sailboat, filled with local produce and other goods, sails from Vermont to New York City, delivering its Northeast Kingdom bounty along the way.
Nov 7, 2013
TEDxLongIslandCity: Brooklyn Grange and City Growers
In the first of our videos, Anastasia Cole Plakias of Brooklyn Grange and Cara Chard of educational partner City Growers talk about building and running a rooftop farm.
Nov 5, 2013
Jamaica Bay becomes a focus for ideas about global coastal resilience
Can studying Jamaica Bay lead to methods for protecting coastal areas and populations around the world?
Nov 1, 2013
New York leads global cities in adopting LED bulbs
By 2017, the dull glow of New York City streetlights will be replaced by the bright white light of LED bulbs.
Oct 31, 2013
Mapping a new economy in New York City
The SolidarityNYC map allows people to make consumer choices based on the ethics—supplying a range of businesses, from fresh produce to banking.
Oct 28, 2013
Who can explain the 5000 pound life?
Burning one gallon of gasoline produces 20 pounds of CO2; 5000 lbs then works out to an annual budget of 250 gallons of gasoline, for all one's fossil fuel energy needs.
Oct 25, 2013
The President visits P-TECH
Amidst the continued turbulence of his second term, President Obama will arrive in Brooklyn today to visit P-TECH, the innovative high school that counts IBM, CUNY and the city as partners. P-TECH was profiled in City Atlas, soon after opening.
Oct 22, 2013
Where do future flood maps of NYC come from?
The City's projections for flood zones in coming decades are created by the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC); an interactive version now shows projections out to 2080.
Oct 18, 2013
Favelas Pop-Up in Queens!
There are favelas in Queens! Well…sort-of. The iconic Brazilian shanty-towns are making an appearance on the campus of Queens College in Flushing – as a huge set of three playful dioramas.
Oct 18, 2013
Footbridge to the future?
"New Yorkers don’t need a Nantucket; they need easy access to public green spaces."
Oct 17, 2013
Designing a new water's edge for the Upper East Side and Harlem
A community-organized panel discussion addresses tissues surrounding the redevelopment of the East River Esplanade.