Center for Architecture
A “net-zero” residence is a house, or a building, that produces as much energy as it uses.
It may sound like the sort of thing environmentalists or young architects like to talk about that's actually a distant goal, to be realized once the right technology comes along, or at least one that requires wealthy liberal clients who are willing to put their money where their mouths are.(1)
The thing about the planners and engineers and architects whose job it is to create municipal infrastructure—for example, the extension of the No. 7 subway line from 34th Street to 11th Avenue—is that they tend to think of people as problems to be solved. People can't be allowed to stand still for too long; they can't be packed too tight in enclosed spaces; they can't be encouraged to move aimlessly, or in ways that will interfere with the more purposeful movements of others.(1)
New York’s last great period of architectural achievement, during the 1950s and '60s, was bolstered by a massive postwar public works and jobs drive fueled with money from the federal government, which made possible public-facing projects like the United Nations complex and Lincoln Center. It was also a period in which architects like Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius were designing buildings with distinct and memorable profiles, like the Guggenheim Museum, the Seagrams Building, and the Pan Am Building for corporate clients, in those days when expressions of corporate power on such a scale were applauded by the public with an almost jingoistic fervor.(1)
From a planning perspective, the Lindsay administration was most extraordinary, said City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, and since Bloomberg appointed her, "each principle of the Lindsay administration we have tried to embrace and honor."(2)