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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

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Nuevo South and GOOD Magazine transform a 100-year-old craftsman into a community home for kids

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Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

by , 08/14/15

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A male cougar known to the public since kitten-hood for his bravery in crossing local freeways tried his best to stick to his true nature – and it cost him his life. P-32, as he was called, was the only cougar known to have successfully crossed a bustling LA freeway. But despite his success in the past, the cougar was killed early on Monday morning after being struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the 5 freeway.

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Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as "a water reclamation project"

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Frank Gehry is one of the world’s most famous architects – and we just learned that he’s working on a plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River. The planning committee told the 86-year-old architect that they wanted him to give the riverfront a cohesive look, but Gehry balked at that approach. He insisted that water issues would take precedent if he were to take the job, and the committee agreed.

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Ten solutions to California's drought

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As California enters the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s history, NASA estimates that 11 trillion gallons of water will be needed to recover from this arid rut. While Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a series of wide-ranging measures aimed at curbing water usage, there are efforts underway to engineer the state out of its drought. Some are fairly well-tested—desalination, for example—while others, such as William Shatner’s proposed $30 billion Seattle-Lake Mead pipeline, seem straight-up wacky. Read on to learn more about the good, the bad and the weird big-picture ideas for addressing California’s drought.

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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California's drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

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As California enters its fourth year of drought, there’s still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap water that rained 20,000 years ago. Desperate times call for desperate measures – and California Governor Jerry Brown has come up with a bold solution inspired by a recent conference on climate change that he attended in freezing, snow-covered Boston: ship the East’s over-abundance of snow westward to quench the parched Golden State.

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California has just one year of water left

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California is drying up and it’s happening faster than you think. The Los Angeles Times reports that January of this year was the driest on record since 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are also at an all-time low and according to NASA satellites, all of the water in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins—all of it—is 34 million acre-feet below normal. Reports indicated that, last year, California had approximately two years of water remaining, and the water depletion is right on schedule, as estimates now suggest that just one year of water is left in the coastal state.

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next “Big One” – a massive earthquake that could open California’s San Andreas Fault. According to scientists, there’s a 46 percent chance of 7.5 or larger quake in the Southern California area in the next 30 years.

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2015 BMW i3 Wins 'Green Car of the Year' at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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Green Car Journal just announced its 11th annual Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and this year’s winner is… the 2015 BMW i3! The i3 impressed the jury with its all-electric driving range and zero-emission powertrain – and the occasion marks the first time that an electric vehicle has received Green Car Journal’s award.

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Volkswagen SportWagen HyMotion Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Concept Debuts at the LA Auto Show

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Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

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Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear

by , 09/23/14
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In a monumental feat of visual trickery, London-based Ordinary Architecture made the letters that make up the iconic “Hollywood” sign appear to have disappeared from their perch in the Santa Monica Mountains. Falling Icon is an installation art piece by Ordinary co-founders Charles Holland and Elly Ward that was part of On the Road, a series of events aimed at promoting architecture and design in Los Angeles.

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled…

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a…

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Caltech's New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech's New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum…

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a…

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in…

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos…

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Sunset Magazines's Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

Sunset Magazines's Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan…

The 2013 Sunset Idea Houses were located in the sustainable seaside village of Seabrook, WA, and in 2012 the honor was given to a prefab home in built by Blu Homes in Healdsburg, CA.…

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Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Mark Baez's MCube is an amazing custom-built modular house in Venice that can be endlessly reconfigured - and it just hit the market for a cool $5,950,000. The home is made from 10-foot…

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