16 Feb '12, 3pm

The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet

The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet

Frederick Law Olmstead designed New York's Riverside Park in 1875. The infamous Robert Moses ran a highway through it in 1935, but didn't kill it; "Today, the mature trees and sweeping lawns of the park tend to disguise the transport-oriented nature of the park’s construction." Occupying part of the park is the Riverside Tennis Club, which is in need of new washrooms to replace their current porta-potties. They hired Rick Cook of Cook + Fox to design them, and are building the bogs to the Living Building Challenge standard, perhaps the toughest green standard there is. Green Outlook /Promo image The site has minimal electric power and no sewer. Building in cherished parks is also very sensitive and controversial, although this project is apparently displacing a surface parking lot. The Living Building Challenge Standard is tough, but the hardest part of it is all about wat...

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