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Olmsted’s Staten Island Home in State of Disrepair

On Staten Island sits an important house in a dreadful state of disrepair. Described by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission as “a distinguished residence,” the former home of Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead was declared a landmark in 1967. Alternately known as the Olmsted-Beil House or the Poillon House, this structure is the final remnant of the original

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an ornate iron door on the side of a building

Passive House

Passive House is a voluntary international building method with high standards for energy efficiency reducing its ecological footprint. Developed by Passive House Institute (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany. It results in an highly energy efficient and exceedingly low energy building that requires little (at times no energy) for space heating and cooling. Passive house methodology make use of building orientation, massing,

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a green roof on top of a building in the city

Making Historic Landmarks Preservation Sustainable

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) requires that historic buildings meet certain aesthetic criteria, while the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) requires that these buildings meet certain sustainable criteria. Historic landmarks are part of our cultural history and tell us a lot about the past through their characteristics. During the manufacturing boom in the 19th century, building materials such as brick,

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an abandoned theater with the stage broken down

Preserving Historic Fabric in the Midst of Redevelopment

New York City is home to over 36,000 landmarked properties-most of which are located in 141 historic districts and extensions – 1,398 individual landmarks, and 119 interior landmarks. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), the largest preservation agency in the nation, is entrusted with safeguarding the city’s cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history. Any work proposed work on a

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