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Grab your Paddle for a Trip Down the LA River

Grab your Paddle for a Trip Down the LA River

Hosted over a series of six weekends spanning August and September, each of the two-and-a-half hour river tours will be spearheaded by the non-profit organization, Friends of the Los…

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

Chinatown-Cornfields Development is an Incredible Recreational Area…

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…

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

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

The design is very much a hybrid of prefabricated building, modular design, and plug-in technology. Rectangular living spaces made from a panelized system of 4x8 foot infill panels…

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Bidding War over the Crystal Cathedral Campus

Bidding War over the Crystal Cathedral Campus

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…

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Santa Monica to Ban Plastic Bags

Santa Monica to Ban Plastic Bags

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…

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Local Library is a LEED Platinum Diamond in the Rough

Local Library is a LEED Platinum Diamond in the Rough

The site of the library at the west corner of Silver Lake and Glendale Boulevards was previously occupied by a Chevron Station that was later repurposed as a site of local Halloween…

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Bel Air Presbyterian PreSchool is an Eco Village For Learning

Bel Air Presbyterian PreSchool is an Eco Village For Learning

The 23,000 sq facility is to be located high up in the Santa Monica Mountains to take advantage of the views as well as the breeze. Bel Air Presbyterian has an ambitious goal of…

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Five Farming Initiatives For Healthy Living in Los Angeles

Five Farming Initiatives For Healthy Living in Los Angeles

The Urban Farming Food Chain Project grows living walls in four locations in downtown Los Angeles. Managed by Green Living Technologies and Emslie Osler Architects, the walls grow…

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

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

The green roof is planted with local flora and is naturally irrigated. It also extends to the adjacent Pan Pacific Park, integrating itself into the city's green spaces. The peaceful…

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

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

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…

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Belzberg Archiect's Award Winning Concept Eco Hotel Ray

Belzberg Archiect's Award Winning Concept Eco Hotel Ray

The Eames studio occupied the popular Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach from 1943 until 1988. The Hotel Ray was to be a green property featuring 57 private guest rooms, promoting…

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Stunning Off-Grid iT House Sits Peacefully Within the Tranquil Desert Landscape

Stunning Off-Grid iT House Sits Peacefully Within the Tranquil Desert…

Settled within one of the most unique, naturally formed areas of the Golden State, Pioneertown sits nearby Joshua Tree National Park and the Coachella Valley. The area is remote, serene…

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

Manhattan Beach Mixed Use Project Boasts Green Roof Big Enough For…

Poon Design took a slightly unconventional approach when designing the mixed use project. Rather than lining up all three condos evenly giving equal street frontage, Poon slid each…

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MPG Car Rental Provides Los Angeles with Green, Environmentally Friendly Rental Cars

MPG Car Rental Provides Los Angeles with Green, Environmentally…

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…

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

Trendy Standard Hotel in Downtown LA Converted From Historical…

Own by Andre Balazs Properties, the Standard brand has had celebrity investors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Benecio del Toro. The high profile brand acquired the marble…

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

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

Located on a 28 x 89 foot lot on the Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach, the narrow home takes advantage of the entire lot. The three story, four bedroom home relies on natural…

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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…

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Herman Miller Showroom First to Earn LEED Platinum-CI

Herman Miller Showroom First to Earn LEED Platinum-CI

Herman Miller’s Los Angeles Showroom is the first to earn LEED CI Platinum in Los Angeles, and was only the 47th LEED CI Platinum project worldwide at its completion. The interior…

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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…

Brooks + Scarpa rely on intelligent orientation in order to maximize the building's energy performance. The project is oriented to block out the harsh summer sun while simultaneously…

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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

Solar power not only provides hydronic radiant heating to the interior of the home, it also heats the pool. A solar window has been integrated into the laundry room so that clothes can…

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Want a Green Job? Come to Los Angeles

Want a Green Job? Come to Los Angeles

Los Angeles boasts more green jobs than any other region in the nation, including the Bay Area, leaving San Franciscans a bit green with envy. According to a report released this…

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Sustainable Inspiration Found at the Scripps Oceanfront Conference Center

Sustainable Inspiration Found at the Scripps Oceanfront Conference…

The design conception for the entirely gift-funded project was carried and completed prior to the University of California San Diego's establishment of its LEED certification goals. …

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Cherokee Mixed-Use Lofts: LEED Platinum Award Winning Design

Cherokee Mixed-Use Lofts: LEED Platinum Award Winning Design

The Cherokee Lofts is a triple diamond in the rough, an urban infill, mixed-use, market-rate housing project. One of the key factors of the award winning LEED Platinum design is the…

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Green-Roofed Art Center College of Design's South Campus Connects With Downtown Pasadena

Green-Roofed Art Center College of Design's South Campus Connects With…

The supersonic wind tunnel facility was used by aircraft companies to test their designs in the mid-20th century until after the Cold War. Afterwards Dacor Corporation bought it for…

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David Hertz Designs Collaborates with LivingHomes

David Hertz Designs Collaborates with LivingHomes

One of Inhabitat Local’s favorite architects, David Hertz, has been working in partnership with LivingHomes to deliver his DH1 line. The sleek two-story design features mechanical…

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TOP 5 AWESOME LOS ANGELES BOTANICAL GARDENS

TOP 5 AWESOME LOS ANGELES BOTANICAL GARDENS

The end of summer is near and there are plenty of outdoor attractions still left to see! Squeeze in a last minute SoCal vacation and check out the natural beauty of the area's unique…

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XTEN's Bel Air Residence Mimics the Hillside Its Perched On

XTEN's Bel Air Residence Mimics the Hillside Its Perched On

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…

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Three Rivers Prefab itHouse is a Modern and Efficient Upgrade to Camping

Three Rivers Prefab itHouse is a Modern and Efficient Upgrade to…

The Three Rivers itHouse is the basic model home for Taalman Koch's prefabricated system. With 2 bedrooms and a series interconnected patios and interior living spaces, this transparent…

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Water and Life Museums Celebrates The Importance Of Water In Southern California

Water and Life Museums Celebrates The Importance Of Water In Southern…

Located, right below the 2.5 mile long East Dam, the project seeks to educate visitors on the lake, geography, geology, history and natural resources of the area. Split into two…

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LA's Amazing Jovanovic Residence Keeps its Cool With a Perforated Facade

LA's Amazing Jovanovic Residence Keeps its Cool With a Perforated…

Los Angeles is a pretty crowded city and finding the space to build your dream home can be pretty tricky. But US architects Lorcan O’Herlihy found a solution by building an amazing…

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Dramatic Views of LA Seen from the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Dramatic Views of LA Seen from the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Due to the building’s budget constraints, the California State Parks made no effort to pursue LEED certification, however the implementation of sustainable concepts were incorporated…

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

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

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…

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

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

Marmol Radzinger incorporates natural light and insulating glass into all of its designs to ensure that their sensible but warm homes have a low carbon foot print. They use only…

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Farmscape: Bringing the Farm to You

Farmscape: Bringing the Farm to You

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…

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LA Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Smog

LA Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Smog

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…

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Bikes Win Race Over JetBlue Airplane in Carmageddon

Bikes Win Race Over JetBlue Airplane in Carmageddon

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…

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Los Angeles: A City Without Cars

Los Angeles: A City Without Cars

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…

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Los Angeles Braces for Carmegedon

Los Angeles Braces for Carmegedon

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…

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

California State University's Fullerton Arboretum is an Oasis for…

With its diverse plant life, the Arboretum is the centerpiece of the university's ecological and horticultural education as well as its history. Species are divided into various gardens…

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John Lautner Turns 100

John Lautner Turns 100

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…

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