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

by , 09/26/12

The Mosely Snowflake Sponge fractal,

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

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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!

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

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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!

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Heads up Los Angeles design fans – Inhabitat is reporting live today from Dwell on Design 2012, the West Coast’s largest design event! We’re scouring the floor of the LA Convention Center and checking out the modern home tours, green car test drives (featuring the Fisker Karma!), over 150 speakers, a gorgeous prefab showhouse by Ecofabulous and LivingHomes, and a bevy of exhibitors showcasing the best and brightest in modern green design. If you’d like to join us at this monumental event register today – and you can use the code dodweb12 to save $5 on ticket prices (registration is also free for students and trade members). And don’t forget to stay tuned as we update you with the best designs from the show.

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LA's Biggest Apartment Project Since the Recession Breaks Ground

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The largest apartment building since the beginning of the Great Recession has broken ground in Los Angeles, promising to reinvigorate the Koreatown neighborhood. The Vermont is a two-tower, mixed-use behemoth that will contain 464 apartments and plenty of retail. Besides the size the other notable features, we really like is the green space wrapping through the project, adding some relief to the concrete jungle that is LA.

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

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Santa Monica-based LivingHomes has launched the C6.2, an affordable prefab house that is certified LEED Platinum. Previously, LivingHomes had introduced the C6, an affordable three-bedroom home, but the company rolled out this smaller version for homeowners who want a smaller and more energy-efficient option. The sleek, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is a good fit for smaller infill lots common in cities or for eco-conscious homeowners who want to save on construction and installation costs.

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

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

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Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar energy from local producers. This week, the city of Los Angeles moved one step closer to that type of arrangement when the LA City Council gave the green light to the Clean LA program, a feed-in tariff pilot program that will require the Department of Water and Power to buy solar power generated by local property owners.

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California's High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

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The price tag for the proposed high speed rail system in California has just taking a major cut, with a price chop of $30 billion. The latest budget projection comes in with last-minute design changes that propose using existing track in the urban regions of the Bay Area and Los Angeles. The reduction comes as a response to the serious sticker shock experienced from the original plan’s budget, which rang in at $98 billion dollars, 5 months ago. However, Governor Jerry Brown is hoping that the new cost estimates will put the project back on its legislative tracks.

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Sipho Mabona's Swarming Origami Locusts Are Made of Money!

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Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

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

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Low-Maintenance, Low-Energy Modern House Makes the Most of a Point Loma Infill Lot

Low-Maintenance, Low-Energy Modern House Makes the Most of a Point…

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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Solar Panels are Front and Center at this Year’s Emmys

Solar Panels are Front and Center at this Year’s Emmys

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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Inhabitat LA Exclusive Interview with Laura Avery, Manager for the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets

Inhabitat LA Exclusive Interview with Laura Avery, Manager for the…

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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Farmers Field: The Most Sustainable Stadium in the United States

Farmers Field: The Most Sustainable Stadium in the United States

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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The Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center

The Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center

The building features 46 private studio apartments for low-income residents, that top off a ground level of commercial and retail spaces. A lower level parking garage houses staff vehicles. Each apartment features a set of perforated aluminum shutters on the

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