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Chinatown-Cornfields Development is an Incredible Recreational Area for the LA River Master Plan

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An ambitious riverfront recreation space, the Chinatown-Cornfields is just one of twenty major opportunity areas identified by the Los Angeles River Master Plan. The proposal for this particular stretch of the 32 mile LA River corridor includes a habitat island, a small pond suitable for kayaking, an amphitheater along the river, a promenade, and an extensive trail system through a 20-acre community park. The revitalization development will maximize community connectivity, allowing easy access to Downtown and Chinatown to the southwest, Boyle Heights to the east, and Elysian Park and Solano Canyon neighborhood to the north. Green river arterials with improved pedestrian and bicycle lines, shaded trees, street furniture and convenient paseos serve as primary connectors for surrounding communities. Complementing this new recreation section, the river’s flow will be diverted through a naturalized channel. A second river diversion provides an inner city dam and a large island in the center of the development.

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Architect Patrick Tighe's Nodul(ar) House Uses Plug In "Apps"

by , 08/19/11
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Bidding War over the Crystal Cathedral Campus

by , 08/18/11
filed under: Architecture

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The “Hour of Power” for Crystal Cathedral draws to a close, but the bids to buy the campus of this Southern California Icon keep rolling in. Earlier this month, the local congregation was doing their best to raise the $50 million estimated to save their church, and Oklahoma based Hobby Lobby made a $47.5-million cash bid. Currently in the lead to buy the landmark is the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Chapman University with the leading bid closing in on $55-million. Meanwhile in the fray of it all, the Crystal Cathedral Ministries are still trying to raise the necessary funds to maintain their home.

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Santa Monica to Ban Plastic Bags

by , 08/17/11
filed under: Policy,Santa Monica

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Starting next month, the phrase “Paper or Plastic?” will become obsolete in the City of Santa Monica. Spurred by the likes of Heal the Bay and other environmental activist groups, the local City Council voted unanimously in January to ban the plastic bag in all parts of the city, beginning enforcement in September. Although often considered one of the more sustainable cities in the greater Los Angeles region, Santa Monica is not necessarily a first mover in California when it comes to the ban. The city will be joining the likes of San Francisco, San Jose, and the unincorporated ares of Los Angeles County which are all taking efforts to put an end to the amount of waste and harm caused by the unnecessary use of plastic bags.

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Local Library is a LEED Platinum Diamond in the Rough

by , 08/16/11
filed under: Architecture

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Bel Air Presbyterian PreSchool is an Eco Village For Learning

by , 08/15/11
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Five Farming Initiatives For Healthy Living in Los Angeles

by , 08/14/11

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Green-Roofed Los Angeles Holocaust Museum by Hagy Belzberg is Buried Underground

by , 08/12/11

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HW8 Prefab Homes Have the Open-Air Feeling of a Loft

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Work Plays‘ HW8 homes deliver the notion of loft like design in a prefabulous package. We admit that typical architecture in the Los Angeles area has trended toward open, loft like spaces. However, Prefab homes are generally unable to meet the same airy qualities of constructed homes (especially multi-family), until LA-based Work Plays’ presented their solution. The HW8 Prefab townhouse combines the affordability of a prefab, with the open-air feeling of a loft, all while remaining eco-conscious.

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Belzberg Archiect's Award Winning Concept Eco Hotel Ray

by , 08/10/11
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Stunning Off-Grid iT House Sits Peacefully Within the Tranquil Desert Landscape

by , 08/09/11
filed under: Architecture

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Manhattan Beach Mixed Use Project Boasts Green Roof Big Enough For Lawn Sports

by , 08/08/11
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MPG Car Rental Provides Los Angeles with Green, Environmentally Friendly Rental Cars

by , 08/07/11
filed under: Transportation

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In an economy where the prices at the pump continue to rise, MPG Car Rental hopes to differentiate themselves from the competition by providing an all hybrid fleet of vehicles and by offering a special MPG Test Drive, encouraging more consumers to buy green autos. What does that mean exactly? Through a partnership with local dealers, the MPG Test Drive will allow would-be buyers an opportunity to literally take the make and model of their potential car for an extended test drive (up to four days) for free, if they end-up purchasing the car of a similar make and model as the one they rented. Worst case scenario? Renters decide not to purchase the car and have to pay for the rental, but hopefully the experience will allow people to make a more educated decision about buying a hybrid.

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Trendy Standard Hotel in Downtown LA Converted From Historical Landmark, Superior Oil Building

by , 08/06/11

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David Hertz's Panel House Made With Prefab Industrial Refrigeration Walls

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Ray Kappe-Designed Santa Monica LivingHomes Was Installed In An Amazing 8 Hours

Ray Kappe-Designed Santa Monica LivingHomes Was Installed In An…

The RK1 design is a 4 bedroom home with 2.5 baths, but can also be configured to have 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Coming in at 2,560 sq ft, the modern urban infill home packs in a lot of details in a modestly sized space. Energy and water efficient strategies

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Herman Miller Showroom First to Earn LEED Platinum-CI

Herman Miller Showroom First to Earn LEED Platinum-CI

The RK1 design is a 4 bedroom home with 2.5 baths, but can also be configured to have 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Coming in at 2,560 sq ft, the modern urban infill home packs in a lot of details in a modestly sized space. Energy and water efficient strategies

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Stunning Vasquez Rocks Nature & Interpretive Center Built On the Pacific Crest Trail

Stunning Vasquez Rocks Nature & Interpretive Center Built On the…

The RK1 design is a 4 bedroom home with 2.5 baths, but can also be configured to have 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Coming in at 2,560 sq ft, the modern urban infill home packs in a lot of details in a modestly sized space. Energy and water efficient strategies

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The LeBrun House uses Economic Materials to Create a Sustainable Home

The LeBrun House uses Economic Materials to Create a Sustainable Home

The RK1 design is a 4 bedroom home with 2.5 baths, but can also be configured to have 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Coming in at 2,560 sq ft, the modern urban infill home packs in a lot of details in a modestly sized space. Energy and water efficient strategies

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Want a Green Job? Come to Los Angeles

Want a Green Job? Come to Los Angeles

The RK1 design is a 4 bedroom home with 2.5 baths, but can also be configured to have 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Coming in at 2,560 sq ft, the modern urban infill home packs in a lot of details in a modestly sized space. Energy and water efficient strategies

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