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Dramatic Views of LA Seen from the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

by , 07/22/11
filed under: Architecture,Green Space

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Make Your Next Home Eco + Vine at the W Hollywood Residences

by , 07/21/11
filed under: Architecture,Interiors

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Tinsel town is going green, and some lucky individual has an open opportunity to call the greenest pad at the new W Residences their own. Certified LEED Gold, the W Hotel and Residences in Hollywood have been living-up to all the glitz and glamour the local neighborhood requires. A part of their WOW collection, Green + Vine just happens to be the most sustainable suite in the place. Co-designed by Nicole Landers of eConnect group and Kelly Van Patter of Van Patter Design, the eco haven strives to combine urban loft sensibilities with an environmental theme outfitting the space with local eco-manufacturers and artisans all within a 500-mile radius of the City of Angels.

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Marmol Radzinger's Hollywood Hybrid Home, Not Your Typical PreFab House

by , 07/20/11
filed under: Architecture

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Farmscape: Bringing the Farm to You

by , 07/19/11
filed under: Green Space

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Are you a lover of fresh locally grown produce who secretly longs to have their own home garden? Do you suffer from a lack of time, or just a plain lack of a green-thumb? Farmscape brings the farm to your home. A for-profit social enterprise, they design, install, and maintain attractive raised-bed, organic gardens in your yard. That’s right, Farmscape will not only design a gorgeous bed especially that fits into your current landscape, they’ll tend to it on a weekly basis leaving the fruits of your garden at your front door while saving you trips to the grocery store.

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LA Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Smog

by , 07/18/11
filed under: Policy

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Earlier today, local environmental and public health groups filed suit against the US Environmental Protection Agency hoping that they make efforts to clear the air in the Los Angeles region.  The law suit specifically identifies the amendments made to the federal Clean Air Act in 1990 which calls for the EPA to certify by May 2011 whether or not air districts have met the established one-hour standard for ozone pollution.  If the standard is not met, the EPA is then required to ensure that regional authorities implement a cleanup plan.  According to the plaintiffs in the suit, which include the Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles, Desert Citizens Against Pollution, Communities for a Better Environment, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Los Angeles region has not yet met the national standard.

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Bikes Win Race Over JetBlue Airplane in Carmageddon

by , 07/17/11
filed under: Transportation

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A team of cyclists, a guy on a subway, and a Rollerblader beat a JetBlue flight from Burbank to the city of Long Beach. In light of Carmageddon this past weekend, JetBlue decided to run a promotion offering $4 dollar fares to fly from the Long Beach Airport down to Burbank and back for one day only. The giveaway prompted a group of bikers, a girl on a her Rollerblades, and a guy on a subway to each race against the clock seeing who could make it to the Long Beach Aquarium first. In the end, JetBlue ended-up eating their own jet fuel. The local CBS station covered the event (video can be seen HERE). Full race results on the Metro Rider and Rollerblader after the jump.

 

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Los Angeles: A City Without Cars

by , 07/16/11
filed under: Transportation

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Traffic is supposed to be at a standstill today in LA due to the inevitable Carmegedon, so we only thought it appropriate to take into consideration Ross Ching’s video, Running on Empty. The video answers the question, “What if, tomorrow, (in the city of Los Angeles) everyone’s car disappeared?” by visually depicting some of the city’s incredibly busy byways completely extinct of any automobiles. The video is visually breathtaking and makes the viewer think about a less car-centric city of angels, creating more questions than answers. How would people react? How quickly would the regional environment recover from centuries of fossil fuel emissions? What could the city do, reclaiming all that free space? Video available after the jump.

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Los Angeles Braces for Carmegedon

by , 07/15/11
filed under: Transportation

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Leave it to a city dedicated to its reliance on four-wheeled (primarily) gasoline powered transportation to create a noun for the historic closing of its already infamously slow 405 freewayCARMEGEDON. Los Angelinos have been prepping for this weekend’s 10 mile closure of the interstate (stretching from the 405/10 crunch up to the 101 intersection) for months. Some residents have turned the event into a three or four day weekend leaving town for the inevitable slowdown, while others have decided to bunker down and enjoy the weekend from home. We recommend jumping on a human powered two-wheeled mode of transportation such as a bike, or perhaps using your legs more than usual to enjoy the outdoors while walking around to complete some of your errands.

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California State University's Fullerton Arboretum is an Oasis for Scholars and the Community

by , 07/15/11
filed under: Destinations,Green Space

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John Lautner Turns 100

by , 07/14/11

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John Lautner’s architecture has become an iconic backdrop to the mid-century architecture movement in the City of Los Angeles. His homes have played starring roles in movies such as Charlie’s Angeles, Diamonds Are Forever, The Big Lebowski, and was more recently featured as Tony Stark’s residence in Iron Man. As an apprentice to infamous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner’s architecture has laws promoted harmony between human habitation and the natural world. His designs are sympathetic and well integrated into their sites, and he made a distinct effort to design buildings and furnishing to be a part of a larger, unified whole that expands into the environment. The John Lautner 100 series will seek to educate the public about the importance of preserving Lautner’s architecture, which has been lauded for its sustainable features and inspirational design. The celebration starts this week and continues into November. The full schedule of events is available after the jump.

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Hollywood Rolls Out the Green Carpet for the W Hollywood Hotel and Residences

by , 07/13/11
filed under: Architecture

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Hollywood became sustainably glamorous following the opening of the LEED Silver W Hollywood Hotel and Residences. The new hotel offers guests and LA dwellers alike the opportunity to live a more sustainable lifestyle in the middle of Hollywood. In 2010, the project received multiple recognitions for their greening efforts including the prestigious Millennium Award from Global Green USA and the Los Angeles Business Council’s Green Building Award.

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LABC Takes Home Global Green’s Environmental Leadership Award

by , 07/12/11
filed under: Energy

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The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) is doing a lot these days to raise awareness and create policy around solar energy, taking advantage of all the sunny days available in Southern California. Their efforts recently earned them Global Green USA’s prestigious California Environmental Leadership Award. “The work of the LA Business Council to help create a more sustainable Los Angeles and greener economy has been so important,” noted Matt Peterson, President, Global Green USA. “We salute the LABC for their efforts to defeat the dirty oil Proposition 23, and for pursuing a vision Global Green has head dear for some time, finally making Los Angeles a solar city.”

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California’s First LEED Certified Children’s Hospital

by , 07/11/11
filed under: Architecture

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Rady Children’s Hospital’s new Acute Care Pavilion is California’s first children’s hospital in California to achieve LEED certification by combining sustainability and evidence-based medicine into its design. The hospital’s architects, Stantec, drew upon research that identifies specific design strategies known to speed healing, enhance patient well-being, reduce staff stress, and minimize incidences of patient falls, medical errors, and infections. Given all the upsides related to patient care and recovery, we’re surprised it has taken so long for the medical industry to catch-on. Hopefully the Rady Children’s Hospital will serve as a model for future healthcare institutions, extending well beyond its San Diego home.

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Little Tokyo Design Week Kicks-Off

by , 07/10/11
filed under: Architecture,Events

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Little Tokyo Design Week (LTDW) kicks off this Thursday by taking a four-day look at the “Future City.” Filled to the brim with a number of workshops, home tours, and curated exhibitions, the festival is designed to celebrate the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology that is now emerging from Japan given its intersection with current trends that are materializing in Los Angeles. Given the full schedule, which may be somewhat overwhelming, we decided to pull our favorites geared towards an audience with a more sustainable point of view.

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The Huntington Botanical Gardens House an Encyclopedic Collection of Desert Plants

by , 07/09/11
filed under: Destinations,Green Space

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 Cucamonga Valley Water District's Frontier Project Demonstrates Green Building Best Practices

Cucamonga Valley Water District's Frontier Project Demonstrates Green…

Built on a four acre hillside, the house is located at the top of a 150 vertical drop. The lower portion of the property is lush and wooded due to the ravines and creeks on the East and West edges of the property.

The view from the pool dock looks down

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Tesla Motors LA Flagship Store is Red Hot & Green

Tesla Motors LA Flagship Store is Red Hot & Green

Built on a four acre hillside, the house is located at the top of a 150 vertical drop. The lower portion of the property is lush and wooded due to the ravines and creeks on the East and West edges of the property.

The view from the pool dock looks down

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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens: Two For the Price of One!

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens: Two For the Price of One!

Built on a four acre hillside, the house is located at the top of a 150 vertical drop. The lower portion of the property is lush and wooded due to the ravines and creeks on the East and West edges of the property.

The view from the pool dock looks down

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Brooks+Scarpa's Alta Lofts Provide Chic Living in an Old Factory

Brooks+Scarpa's Alta Lofts Provide Chic Living in an Old Factory

Built on a four acre hillside, the house is located at the top of a 150 vertical drop. The lower portion of the property is lush and wooded due to the ravines and creeks on the East and West edges of the property.

The view from the pool dock looks down

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Lehrer Architects Visualize the Carbon Footprint of an SUV for PARK(ing) Day LA

Lehrer Architects Visualize the Carbon Footprint of an SUV for…

Built on a four acre hillside, the house is located at the top of a 150 vertical drop. The lower portion of the property is lush and wooded due to the ravines and creeks on the East and West edges of the property.

The view from the pool dock looks down

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