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World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Garden Comes to the Garden State

The AeroFarms facility is bringing millions of pounds of leafy greens, and dozens of green jobs, to Newark.

AerFarms anticipated corporate HQ.

The tri-state area may be in the middle of what some in the Yiddish speaking community call a “massive shvitz” (learn the word, it will come in handy), but that isn’t stopping Newark mayor Ras J. Baraka from going out and getting down and dirty with nature. Tomorrow Baraka, along with acting governor Guadagno, will break ground for the world’s largest indoor vertical farm at the AeroFarms Headquarters at 212 Rome Street.

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Design Competition Asks Students to Create Greener City Construction

Architecture students are being challenged to propose construction designs that incorporate sustainably harvested timber.


We take for granted that the concrete and steel urban skylines we're all used to will be around in another hundred years, and that new buildings will be constructed out of those same materials. The problem is the production of those materials is pretty energy intensive and generates massive amounts of carbon dioxide. So how do today's architecture students learn greener techniques? A new design competition, Timber in the City: Urban Habitats, seeks to inspire them to create cityscapes with buildings made from that renewable, old-school material: wood.

This isn't just a thought exercise, either. The competition, hosted by Parsons The New School for Design, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council is asking students and recent grads to create a mixed-use, healthy living/working complex in Brookyln's Red Hook neighborhood. Along with affordable housing units, the students are asked to include "a bike sharing and repair shop" and "a vocational, manufacturing, and distribution center for the innovative use of wood technology."

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