Victoria Meyers architect is working on a new book that tracks hMa's works tracking the firm's contribution to conversations around Green Urbanism, Food Urbanism, and sustainable design practices, including Green Streets.
Victoria Meyers working with hMa developed strategies to make the new North Neighborhood designed by the firm in Battery Park City into a demonstration project, with all buildings, streets, and parks designed to teh highest levels of green certification.
North End Avenue, the main organizing street in the North Neighborhood, was designed as a Green Street, and features a new dog park, with Rogers Marvel on board as consultants for the design. Green Streets are a specific designation, awarded to streets that meet green standards, including porous paving and planting to absorb rain water run-off, in order to divert rain water from storm sewers.
The project includes Green Roofs on all buildings, including hMa's Ballfield Terrace, an occupiable Green Roof for their DWi-P, Digital Water i-Pavilion.
Above: the Hi-Line in New York City, next to a diagram for Food Urbanism
As cities around the world wake up to the new realities and challenges of the 21st century, including the need for water and energy management, New York City has been a leader in the development of sustainable Green Design Standards. Battery Park City led the way in New York City, with their Green Standards for urban development publication in 2000. Since that publication, and with the increase in Globalization, cities around the world have looked to Battery Park City, and New York City, as leaders in the changes to meet urban needs driven by forces including Global Warming, pollution, and the need for a more sustainable path for urban design.
The Irish Hunger Memorial, in hMa's BPC North Neighborhood, next to a map of Dublin: Globolization
The Irish Hunger Memorial is a piece of the Irish countryside in New York City; the new Dublin City Plan drew on concepts from the Battery Park City Green Guidelines. Both projects are examples of the effects of Globalization on the dissemination of Green concepts.