Jocelyn Groom

adAPTing to Small Living


I’ve long admired Donald Deskey’s drawing, Design for "Sportshack" (1940) in the Cooper Hewitt’s collection. When I first saw it, I immediately imagined what it might be like to live in this elegantly proportioned little gem of a house. As one half of a couple sharing our own micro-apartment,  I understand the challenges of paring personal belongings and selecting furniture that does double or even triple duty.
sustainability, collection, Social Awareness & Sustainability, living, architecture and design

Selldorf and Zwirner Go for the Gold


On April 13, 2012, as part of his popular Design Talks series, Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, spoke with architect Annabelle Selldorf about some of her notable projects.
Annabelle Selldorf, David Zwirner, LEED, sustainability

Sustainability: Visiting the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant


According to Jim Pynn, Superintendent of Newtown Creek’s 52-acre water waste treatment plant, the plant’s star architectural feature is eight futuristic, stainless steel–clad “digester eggs.” Tours of the facility began less than a year ago.
Newtown Creek, treatment plant, waste water, sustainability, New York City, NYC, tour

High Performance Museums and Galleries


At a recent salon sponsored by Urban Green, industry pros discussed new strategies and the changing landscape for achieving energy efficiency in buildings that have long been exempt from such standards – museums and galleries.
Energy efficiency, museums, galleries, lighting, heating, cooling, high-performance, LED, environment, environmental, loads, control, conditions, humidity, temperature, climate

How Design Thinking Led to a Beautiful LED Lamp


This September, Switch Lightbulbs will launch its twenty-first-century version of the ubiquitous incandescent bulb, which is slated to be phased out in the United States starting in 2012, according to the Energy Independence and Security Act authorized in Congress in 2007.
LED, light emitting diode, lamp, lightbulbs, Switch, recyclable, aesthetics, cooling, orientation

Hot stuff from ICFF 2011


The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is a fun place to visit each year for new trends and ideas in commercial design. Sustainability was a hot theme in the school projects
International Contemporary Furniture Fair, ICFF, 2011, sustainability, furniture, commercial design, school projects, trends

BEES Online: Tools for Evaluating Green Building Materials


For those concerned with the impact and lifecycle of construction materials, BEES is a new design tool that helps designers and consumers make informed decisions. Construction and manufacturing have a significant effect on the environment.
BEES, Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability, software, green building, materials, evaluation, evaluating, performance, NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology

New York, Sustainable City - Who Knew?


You may be surprised to learn that New York City is one of the most energy-efficient places in the United States, consuming a quarter of the national average in energy consumption and emitting a quarter of the national average of carbon dioxide, according to Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
New York City, NYC, sustainable, energy efficient, Energy efficiency, urban, cities, city, density, hyper-cities, panel

What's Your Footprint?


This Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. On April 20, 1970, the first Earth day celebration was launched. It sparked a momentum credited with launching the modern environmental movement and the creation of many environmental laws, such as the landmark Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts
Earth Day, April 22, personal, carbon, footprint, environment, global footprint network, online, questionnaire