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High Rise, Low Impact

8 July

The construction of a single tower will typically require thousands of tons of steel, concrete, and glass, and the carbon impacts associated with the extraction and transportation of these materials can be substantial. Join us in exploring the design and material choices that can be made to reduce the impact of these dynamic structures, shaping our modern skylines.

Sponsors: Urban Green Council

Speakers: Rober F. Fox, Jr, Partner - COOKFOX and Andreas Tselebidis, Director, Concrete Technology & Solutions - BASF

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 8 -9 AM

Location: Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), Surrogates Court, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609

RSVP:: Urban Green Council

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Billion Oyster Celebration

14 July

The New York Harbor School and the Billion Oyster Project have been growing and restoring oysters in the New York Harbor for over six years. The oysters work to filter water in the harbor while also providing habitat for other species and attenuating wave energy. This rain-or-shine tour will offer a unique opportunity to visit the oyster farm and hear from the team behind the project; including students from public schools around the city.

Organizer: YR&G

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: Governor's Island via Battery Maritime Building Ferry, 10 S. Street

RSVP: YR&G

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NYC Archaeology Tour

26 July

Want to tour the remnants of the first Penn Station? In partnership with The Eternal Space, a play about an untold story of the destruction of Penn Station, we are hosting a special tour of the remnants of Penn Station with Tamara Agins, tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning, and author of our popular article on the Secrets of Grand Central and playwright Justin Rivers

Sponsor: Untapped Cities

Date: Sunday July 26, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Location: Pennsylvania Station, 7th Avenue between 32 - 34 Streets


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Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert

1 August

Swing by the seventh annual Jazz Concert in Honor of the late City Council Member Stan Michels featuring Marjorie Eliot and her jazz ensemble. It's free

Sponsors: NYC Parks Department & Fort Tryon Park Trust

Date: Saturday, August 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Fort Tryon Park, Stan Michels Promenade (enter park at Margaret Corbin Plaza, north end of Fort Washington Avenue). Note: rain location: Cornerstone Center, 178 Bennett Avenue @ 189th Street

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Designing For Disaster

15 August

Natural disasters can impact any of us, anywhere, at any time. In 2012, the financial toll in the United States alone exceeded $100 billion, and the loss of life and emotional toll is immeasurable. No region of the country is immune—112 events in 32 states were declared natural disasters in the U.S. during 2012.

The National Building Museum’s exhibition, Designing for Disaster, examines how we assess risks from natural hazards and how we can create policies, plans, and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities. Two primary questions will help guide the Museum’s approach: Where should we build? How should we build?

Through unique objects, captivating graphics, and multimedia—including video testimonials—the exhibition explores new solutions for, and historical responses to, a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surge, flooding, seal level rise, tsunamis, and wildfires.

Designing for Disaster will discuss disaster mitigation as an evolving science and highlight the tools and strategies that today’s planners, engineers, designers, emergency managers, scientists, environmentalists, and various business and community leaders are investigating and adopting to build safer, more disaster-resilient communities.

Because of the importance of housing the exhibition features exemplary disaster-resistant residential design. In addition, its highlights a variety of other building or facilities: hospitals, schools, airports, public arenas/stadiums, fire/police stations, public transportation networks/systems, commercial buildings, and retail outlets. The selected structures are geographically dispersed throughout the country and will have been designed to address at least one hazard in an exemplary way.

By showcasing innovative research, cutting-edge materials and technologies, and new thinking about how to work with natural systems and the environment, the exhibition will present a range of viable responses that are functional, pragmatic, and beautiful.

Date: May 2014 thru August 2015

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

For more information and tickets: National Building Museum

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