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LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

by , 01/29/13

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Michael Maltzan's Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

by , 01/25/13

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Nation's Second Largest Bike Share Program Coming to Los Angeles This Spring

by , 12/26/12

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Los Angeles is hoping to rid its reputation of grid-locked traffic by launching the country’s second largest bike share next spring. Come April, Bike Nation will transform the car-laden city into a green transportation hub with a bike share program that will bring 4,000 bikes, complete with solar-powered bike stations, to downtown LA. The $16 million project will provide bikes to the public for $6 a day, or $75 for a full year.

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SOM's Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award

by , 12/13/12

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The new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse will be designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and it will feature state-of-the-art sustainable design. Announced just this week, the US General Services Administration awarded the contract for the new project on Broadway street to the SF office of SOM. Although details are skant, the shimmering white cube will provide 550,000 square feet of space with updated security compared to the current Spring Street facility. The GSA, which is in charge of the process, is also looking for proposals to renovate the existing courthouse and use the sale of the building to finance construction.

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

by , 12/11/12

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In Beverly Hills, California, luxury cars like BMWs and Mercedes-Benz are the norm – so it was surprising to get so many oohs and ahhs when we rolled up in the 2013 Chevy Volt! Yes, California is also the land of hybrids, but the warm welcome we received in the Volt still caught us off guard and definitely should put a smile on GM’s face. Following the completion of the 2012 LA Auto Show, General Motors gave us the keys to the 2013 Volt, which even generated a few oohs and ahhs from us. Read on to find out why!

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J1 Studio's Modular "T.shelf" Takes Plywood and Zip-Ties Into a New Dimension

by , 11/06/12

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Los Angeles-based design firm J1 Studio has taken plywood and zip-ties out of the local hardware store and into the world of fine furnishings. Their modern, modular “T.shelf” can be assembled in a variety of different configurations to suit its environment – it’s equally at home on a wall or standing up on the floor. The T.Shelf is available for purchase through the J1 Studio website.

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Urban Air To Transform Billboards into Wi-Fi Connected Bamboo Sky Gardens in LA

by , 11/05/12

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HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles' 6th Street Viaduct

by , 10/25/12

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Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Turns an Old Santa Monica Warehouse Into a New Animation Studio

by , 10/22/12

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Santa Monica’s industrial corridor has just seen yet another hi-tech/entertainment company move in and renovate an older building into an inspiring office. Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc and Andy Waisler renewed a 17,000 square-foot, 1940s warehouse into a stunning creative space for a well-known International animation studio. Urban Studio focused on sustainability and conservation throughout the renovation process as a way to preserve the original character of the warehouse.

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USC Libraries Unveils Amazing 3D Fractal Model Made of 49,000 Folded Business Cards

by , 09/26/12

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The art of origami is serious business, especially when involves folding over 49,000 business cards as part of a three-dimensional representation of an enormously complex mathematical object. On September 20, USC Libraries unveiled an enormously intricate model of a newly discovered fractal called the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, designed by MIT-trained engineer Jeannine Mosely. At an enormous six feet tall, the thousands of cards making up the Sponge have been fashioned into cubes and paneled with USC’s red and gold school colors. This marks the first time that this object has been represented into the real world as an actual physical piece.

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Salton Sea Determined to be the Source of Rotten-Egg Stench Engulfing LA

by , 09/13/12
filed under: Air quality,Los Angeles

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If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you may have noticed a certain foul stench polluting the air over the last few days. There have been concerns over the cause, and the damage that it could do. But this week the source was finally pinpointed: the Salton Sea – a saltwater lake located 150 miles southeast of LA.

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UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California's Climate

by , 08/18/12

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12-Acre Grand Park Set to Open This Weekend in Downtown Los Angeles

by , 07/22/12

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After two years of construction a 12 acre strip of downtown Los Angeles has been transformed into a multi-functional green space dubbed Grand Park – and it’s set to open to the public this weekend! Landscape architects Rios Clementi Hale Studios designed the project, which turned a cascade of parking lots and hidden spaces into a green park which provides for large scale events and casual relaxation alike. The city hopes the park will serve as an “urban oasis,” bringing a new “spirit and vitality” to the area, which sits between many of Los Angeles’ civic buildings.

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Ecofabulous and LivingHomes Unveil Affordable, Green C6 Prefab at Dwell on Design in LA!

by , 06/25/12

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UCLA Study Shows Los Angeles Could Heat Up 4 to 5 Degrees by Mid-Century

by , 06/25/12

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A new UCLA study demonstrates that climate change could cause temperatures throughout the Los Angeles region to rise by 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century. These results could mean a tripling of extremely hot days in downtown LA and even more misery in outlying populous areas including the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Even if greenhouse gasses were cut globally, the Los Angeles area and its 18 million residents would still see temperatures increased to about 70 percent of projected levels.

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Join Inhabitat Today at Dwell on Design 2012 in Los Angeles!

Join Inhabitat Today at Dwell on Design 2012 in Los Angeles!

Denizens of the green City of Santa Monica no longer have to wonder how to dispose of certain hazardous material. A new initiative by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment will now bring disposal and containment trucks to you, rather than residents

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LA's Biggest Apartment Project Since the Recession Breaks Ground

LA's Biggest Apartment Project Since the Recession Breaks Ground

Denizens of the green City of Santa Monica no longer have to wonder how to dispose of certain hazardous material. A new initiative by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment will now bring disposal and containment trucks to you, rather than residents

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LivingHomes Introduces C6.2, a LEED Platinum Prefab House!

LivingHomes Introduces C6.2, a LEED Platinum Prefab House!

Denizens of the green City of Santa Monica no longer have to wonder how to dispose of certain hazardous material. A new initiative by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment will now bring disposal and containment trucks to you, rather than residents

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Brooks & Scarpa's Orange Grove Apartments Are Modern, Simple & Sustainable

Brooks & Scarpa's Orange Grove Apartments Are Modern, Simple &…

Denizens of the green City of Santa Monica no longer have to wonder how to dispose of certain hazardous material. A new initiative by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment will now bring disposal and containment trucks to you, rather than residents

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property…

Denizens of the green City of Santa Monica no longer have to wonder how to dispose of certain hazardous material. A new initiative by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment will now bring disposal and containment trucks to you, rather than residents

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