Where to Build in New York City? Team New York Looks Up
New York City's famously dense urban landscape presents a challenge to developers hunting for a bit of unoccupied space to build on. Team New York in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 believes it has identified the most underutilized real estate in the entire city—flat rooftops, where space and access to sunlight are plentiful.
More specifically, the Solar Decathlon team, composed of architecture and engineering students from The City College of New York, has designed a house for rooftops of mid-rise buildings—both residential and commercial. The students envision their house, dubbed the Solar Roofpod, as a prototype that can be replicated in densely populated areas around the country. See the Energy Blog post.