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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

Mabona’s intricate origami evolved from his obsession with folding paper airplanes as a child. For the Japanese American National Museum show, the artist chose to tackle the issue of…

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Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air…

Designed by Francois Perrin, the Hollywood Hills House is a four-story terraced home at the very edge of the Hollywood neighborhood that backs up to a protected area. You may remember…

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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…

When designing the house, the owner's priority was low maintenance and durability. The two-story house is constructed with an exposed steel seismic-resisting frame and integrally…

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