All posts by Alyssa Alimurung

Alyssa is a NYC-based Jane of all trades, but here at 6sqft she’s the blog’s Community Manager. Previously, she was the Operations Manager at Inhabitat and a contributing writer for Ecouterre and Inhabitots. And daily, she daydreams about owning her own vintage clothing store slash DIY taco bar. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @nahnah_alyssa.

Design, Technology

Computer Scientist Invents Technology That 3D Prints Gardens

By Alyssa Alimurung, Thu, December 11, 2014

Yuichiro Takeuchi, 3d printer, 3d printing, gardening, 3d-printing gardens

At this point, you already know you can 3D print anything from furniture to entire estates, but now you can even add gardens to the list. Yuichiro Takeuchi, a computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo, has invented a way to create herb and flower gardens using the incredible technology. And the best part? You can manipulate the plants’ shape into anything your heart desires; so go ahead and grow as many cat-shaped plants as you want. Read on at Inhabitat to learn more about the project.

READ MORE HERE…

Architecture, quizzes

QUIZ: Can You Guess When This Building Was Constructed?

By Alyssa Alimurung, Wed, December 3, 2014

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Modernism, neoclassical, deconstructivism, colonial. You may know your architectural styles, but what if a glassy building was really built in the early 1900s? Would that trip you up? This fun BuzzFeed Quiz rounds up a few tricky buildings whose styles differ from those of the decade in which they were actually constructed. See if you can figure out what was built when, ahead.

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE…

Celebrities, Interiors, Murray Hill, Quirky Homes

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When he’s not flying to outer space or developing the next award-winning video game, Richard Garriott rests his head in his very normal-looking Murray Hill townhouse. When he purchased the five-story brownstone last year, he decided to add in his own special touches to make it his unique home-sweet-home. Take a tour through the secret passageways and trick bookcases on Inhabitat.

GO ON THE ADVENTURE HERE…

Events, holidays, Manhattan, quizzes

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You may not wake up early enough tomorrow to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we bet you know these balloon characters anyway. 10 of those famous helium-filled stars were matched up with “their” NYC neighborhood. Guess which character belongs in each neighborhood in this fun Buzzfeed quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE…

quizzes, Starchitecture

QUIZ: Which Starchitect Are You?

By Alyssa Alimurung, Tue, November 11, 2014

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Are you an OG architect that doesn’t care what other people think? Or a rising star who cares deeply about design? Or would you rather build structures than design them? This architecture-nerd turned the hallmarks of your favorite starchitects into a fun BuzzFeed quiz. Take it now and find out which starchitect you are.

TAKE THE QUIZ HERE…

Celebrities, Harlem, Historic Homes, Interiors

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This Harlem townhouse on 128th Street may look like a sunny respite now, but back in 2007 when actress Alysia Reiner and her husband David Alan Basche bought it, the building was nothing but an abandoned space with some dusty (but beautiful) brick walls. Armed with MontesBuild Green Street Construction and their vision to turn it into a green home, they maintained the historic home’s original structure, and upgraded to bamboo and natural slate flooring, reclaimed wood, and contemporary furnishings. Click through Inhabitat‘s gallery to see how it came out.

SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT HERE…

Image by Jill Fehrenbacher and Laura Mordas-Schenkein

Social Media

Pin Your Favorite Interiors with Us on Pinterest

By Alyssa Alimurung, Thu, October 23, 2014

Visit 6sqft’s profile on Pinterest.

We know you love perusing our site to swoon over pretty photos of celebrity penthouses and historic landmarked brownstones. Keep them at a click’s reach by joining us on Pinterest! Here’s a quick sample of our pins so far, but we want to be inspired by you. Follow us on Pinterest and let us know which interiors you like by following our boards and liking our pins.

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Architecture, Events, Giveaways, Soho

LAST CHANCE: Win Two Tickets to Dwell on Design New York!

By Alyssa Alimurung, Mon, October 6, 2014

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In just a few days, Archtober will bring us one of the biggest architecture and design events of the year: Dwell on Design. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, DOD will fill 82 Mercer in SoHo with 5,000 renowned creatives ready to showcase and chat about new design ideas, products, and services. There will also be innovative installations and presentations by leading design pundits including Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal at SHoP Architects; Claire Fellman, Director at Snøhetta; and world-renowned architect and DOD keynote speaker Daniel Libeskind. Want to join in on the fun? We’ve partnered with DOD to give one lucky 6sqft reader TWO free tickets to public day on Saturday, October 11th.

To enter, all you need to do is:

  1. Like Dwell on Facebook here >>
  2. Sign up for our newsletter here >>

We’re accepting entries until MIDNIGHT, TONIGHT (Monday, October 6th) and we’ll contact the winner via e-mail the following day.

Don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won? You can purchase event and house tour tickets here. DOD spans October 9th-11th and will be held at 82 Mercer between Spring and Broome. For more information on all the festivities at this year’s DOD, visit their website.

Daily Link Fix

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  • You never step foot in a fast food joint (right? RIGHT?!), but for those times when it’s an emergency and you need that greasy, fried goodness I Quant NY reported on the cleanest fast food chain in the city, so you can at least eat some grub that wasn’t dropped on the floor first.
  • Continuing on our food journey, The Village Voice rounded up the 10 iconic New York foods and where to find them.
  • Why aren’t the souvenirs from NYC as great as this cartoon tourist map tablecloth Scouting NY‘s aunt got in the 50s?! Check out the old Madison Square Garden building (closed in ’68).
  • Ever wanted to see a brand, spankin’ new subway car before it becomes a hub of germs, dirt and mysterious stains? Business Insider gets an exclusive look at how and where they’re built. We wonder if it has that new (subway) car smell…

Images: Tourist tablecloth map by Nick Carr for Scouting NYC (L); Inside a new subway car by Christian Storm for Business Insider (R)

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Earth-Sheltered Home Uses Surroundings to Save on Energy

By Alyssa Alimurung, Wed, October 1, 2014

John Grzibowski, earth sheltered home, earth shelter, Newburgh new york, Newburgh, upstate new york, sustainable design, sustainable architecture, sustainable construction

We’ve featured plenty of beautiful sustainable homes here on 6sqft, many of which include some pretty hi-tech gadgets from geothermal wells to highly reflective roofing materials. But John Grzibowski decided to just use what’s available in nature. He built an Earth-sheltered home in Newburgh, New York that strategically uses the surrounding landscape to insulate itself. The adobe was even built using locally-sourced materials. Why go out and buy expensive technology when we can just use the gifts that Mother Nature gives us?

READ MORE HERE…

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