Zero Waste Design for High-Density Cities: NYC, Hong Kong and Singapore

Zero Waste Design for High-Density Cities: NYC, Hong Kong and Singapore

We are pleased to share our final report from our Design Trust Feature Grant from the Hong Kong Design Trust.  This work was done in collaboration with the Business Environment Council of Hong Kong and Circular Cities Asia, a platform of Renergii in Singapore. The project looks at the urban form, waste context, and initiatives in ...
Redesigning an affordable organic waste system for NYC to improve public space, health and equity

Redesigning an affordable organic waste system for NYC to improve public space, health and equity

New York City’s Mayor de Blasio just committed to a green recovery that prioritizes equity, fairness, and the climate crisis. Composting, which creates green jobs, supports local food production, and increases environmental equity, should fit squarely within this mission. Yet, in this year’s crisis budget, the city cut all funding for organic waste collection. Organic waste costs the Department ...
Build less. For more people. Design Circular.

Build less. For more people. Design Circular.

Clare Miflin’s article in the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Newsletter is inspired by Michael Pollan’s seven word maxim for healthy eating: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. Build less: reuse and repurpose existing buildings; right-size the building; consider sharing spaces within a district. For more people: design and program a building so that most ...
Maximizing the Benefits of Commercial Waste Policy

Maximizing the Benefits of Commercial Waste Policy

Benjamin Miller’s in depth article in Environmental Law in New York explains how the design of the commercial waste zoning system can be crafted to maximize benefits for the environment, businesses and haulers. ...
Hong Kong Design Trust Grant

Hong Kong Design Trust Grant

The Center for Zero Waste Design has been awarded a grant by the Hong Kong Design Trust for its project Zero Waste Design Guidelines for High Density Cities. This will take the Guidelines to Hong Kong and Singapore, for panel discussions and thinktanks, and we will return to the Center for Architecture to present the ...
DSNY and DOT Containerized Waste RFEI

DSNY and DOT Containerized Waste RFEI

Taking a cue from the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, the NYC Departments of Sanitation and Transportation issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for “creative solutions for containerized refuse and recycling.” The RFEI is as an important step towards designing the built environment to meet the city’s zero waste goals and address the significant environmental ...