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In the Bronx, a Beacon for a Low-Carbon Future
NYSERDA Article: As published in The Architectural League NY
Link to article: https://archleague.org/article/in-the-bronx-a-beacon-for-a-low-carbon-future/
Image credit: Nightnurse Images, courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC
Highbridge, a new residential tower in the Bronx set to begin construction in 2024 and open in 2027, makes a strong case that low-carbon buildings can offer a broad spectrum of benefits to individuals and cities alike. Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC (MAP), which specializes in sustainable housing and community development, the project will far exceed market norms for quality and amenities while drastically reducing emissions compared to baseline code compliance—all while providing affordable homes for hundreds of New York’s most vulnerable people.Highbridge is among the standout projects recognized by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Buildings of Excellence Competition, which seeks to jump-start a major shift toward climate-friendly construction in the state by supporting the development of architecturally significant, low-carbon multifamily residential buildings. (NYSERDA has commissioned The Architectural League of New York to help organize and publicize the Competition.) In 2022, a technical jury for the Buildings of Excellence Competition awarded Highbridge $1,000,000 toward its design and construction costs. Separately, the Buildings of Excellence Competition’s Blue Ribbon Design Jury, which brought together respected designers of multifamily housing, praised MAP’s design for its ambition, thoughtfulness, and dedication to improving the lives of its occupants and the wider neighborhood.
Serving New York’s most vulnerable
The project takes its name from the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, where it will be located. The site sits directly north of High Bridge, which was opened in 1848 to bring water into the growing city as part of the Croton Aqueduct system.