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Imagining a Sustainable New York

Elisabeth Weiman

In New York City, 66 year old Michael Sorkin – architect, urban planner, and critic – runs Terreform, a non-profit devoted to architecture that is both urban and green. Two years ago, Terreform began a project called New York City (Steady) State, which investigates the possibility of “urban self-reliance.” Its goal is to figure out what a sustainable New York might look like.

By imagining an ideal city, the thinking goes, you make a better one more likely. How would such a city function? And what would it be like to live on its leafy and fruitful streets?

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Thinking City Limit: How Localizing is the Key to Our Urban Future?

Elisabeth Weiman

What is the actual extent of the city? As megacities, sprawl and megalopolitan regions increasingly characterize urbanization, it gets harder and harder to recognize either the location or the logic of boundaries. But, while our cities are no longer walled, each is still enclosed in multiple visible and invisible membranes that define it both internally and in relation to the planet.

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How Green Could New York Be?

Elisabeth Weiman

Michael Sorkin was interviewed by the New Yorker about Terreform's New York City (Steady) State project: How Green Could New York Be?  

New York City (Steady) State investigates the possibility of “urban self-reliance”; its goal is to figure out what an optimally self-sufficient NYC might look like. By concretely imagining an ideal city, you make a better one more likely. How would such a city function? And what would it be like to live on its leafy and fruitful streets? (Steady) State starts with the notion that “the city is a raw space”; its blocks are considered to be “like stem cells: transmutable.”

“We Mean to Be Provocateurs"

Elisabeth Weiman

The Next Helsinki project grew out of concerns and critiques raised by the Guggenheim's design competition. This opened the doorway for an alternative, something completely different.

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