A New Paradigm for Affordable Housing

Via Verde is a unique 222-unit building built in Queens as an experiment in healthy, sustainable and affordable living for low- and moderate-income residents. Txchnologist takes a tour.

Matthew Van Dusen writes that "...as much as the building impresses with its virtue, its appearance is even more striking":

"Via Verde promises urban renewal, with green rooftops for gardens and solar panels that meet 5 percent of the building's electricity load. "This is at the leading edge of social housing in New York and America," said Robert Garneau of Grimshaw Architects, which co-designed the building with Dattner Architects."

Txchnologist has a photo gallery from their recent tour.

Thanks to Matthew Van Dusen

Full Story: Via Verde's Time in the Sun

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Irvin Dawid's picture
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The Bronx and Queens - what the heck!

Via Verde is in the south Bronx - but what the heck, it's all NYC!
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

GE flacks wrote this story

FYI -- Txchnologist.com is a GE-authored website. It says "sponsored by" GE at the top of the site but the copyright belongs to GE. Good to keep in mind when reading.

No they didn't

Rachel,
Please find for me any piece of this photo gallery that promotes GE products or services.
I wrote this story and I am not a GE "flack", nor are the people who write for the site.
GE sponsors the website and the relationship is transparent.
Matt Van Dusen

Providing sustainable and

Providing sustainable and affordable housing progressively becomes a top priority in the decision-making process of many cities. In Europe, 10 cities like Newcastle or Krakow decided to collaborate to build innovative strategies regarding this issue.
The SUITE project (Housing project: Social and Urban inclusion through housing : http://urbact.eu/en/projects/quality-sustainable-living/suite/our-project/) aims at optimizing a sustainable and affordable supply of housing and to assure social cohesion in all partner cities. This project is run through URBACT (http://urbact.eu/), a European programme focused on sustainable urban development.

For more information:
- SUITE website : http://urbact.eu/en/projects/quality-sustainable-living/suite/our-project/
- Report on housing affordability in SUITE partner cities: http://urbact.eu/fileadmin/Projects/Suite/documents_media/ECO_THEMATIC_R...

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