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Tesla's Red Hot and Green Los Angeles Showroom

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West Hollywood's Stylish Green Low-Income Housing

by , 11/22/10
filed under: Architecture,Los Angeles

Tighe Architecture, WeHo green building, West Hollywood green building, green apartment, LA green building,solar facade, green courtyard, green low income housing

Sierra Bonita Apartments is a low-income mixed-use housing complex in West Hollywood that didn’t skimp on design. The project features inner green space, strips of solar panels, and a stylized lattice façade that lays out a stylish green presence in the neighborhood. The building, which heats its water with solar power and cools with an inner bamboo forest, is a pilot project for the WeHo’s Green Building Ordinance — one of the first ordinances of its kind in the country. Throughout the project Tighe Architecture successfully integrated high green design for low-income living.

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Chevy Volt Crowned 2011 Green Car of the Year at LA Auto Show!

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We’ve covered the Chevy Volt extensively over the past few years, and we are now excited to announce that the EV has just claimed the title of Green Car of the Year at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show! In a year filled with new market releases and incredible concepts, the already popular Volt has risen above the competition to become the first electric vehicle to ever claim this prize.

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Honda Unveils All-Electric Fit at the Los Angeles Auto Show

by , 11/18/10

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The atmosphere at this year’s L.A. Auto Show has been electric — literally — as one automaker after another has announced its foray into EVs. To wit: Honda’s new Fit EV, which has a 70-mile real-world range and will hit dealerships in 2012, according to Honda CEO Takanobu Ito. The new Fit will feature three driving modes — sport, normal and economy — to allow drivers to customize the car’s performance to their needs. It will also charge up in 12 hours using an American plug (six hours in Europe).

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Tesla & Toyota Unveil RAV4 Electric Vehicle at LA Auto Show

Tesla / Toyota RAV4 Unveiled at the La Auto Show

Earlier this spring we announced the very exciting news of Toyota’s $50 million dollar investment in Tesla and their partnership to build a new mass-market electric vehicle, and now we are thrilled to announce that the new Tesla / Toyota RAV4 electric vehicle sedan was just unveiled this evening at the Los Angeles Auto Show. My lovely sister Katie was on the scene in LA and took a bunch of great photos of the new (apparently very early stage) RAV4 – this design is based on Toyota’s original RAV4 which was launched in 1997, but never made it into lage scale commercial production due to “lack of consumer demand”. Jump ahead to Gigaom for exclusive pics and more coverage of this exciting development.

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LA Warehouse Office is a Shipping Container City

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Green-Roofed Holocaust Museum Unveiled in Los Angeles

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DesignWeek LA 2010 Kicks Off This Week!

by , 10/12/10

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Heads up Los Angeles design fans!

DesignWeek LA is currently in full swing, bringing an explosion of design events to the greater Los Angeles area. The event runs straight through Sunday and the full list of events can be found on the DesignWeek LA website. We’ve also rounded up a list of must-see eco events from this year’s program – hit the jump to check out our favorites and sign up today!

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Samitaur Tower Broadcasts Community Art in Culver City

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Los Angeles Boasts World's Largest Naturally Lit Museum Space

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Gehry's Santa Monica Place Goes Green With LEED Renovation

by , 09/07/10
filed under: Architecture,Los Angeles

Green Building, Sustainable Building, Green Renovation, Sustainable Renovation, LEED Certified, LEED Silver, Gehry, Frank Gehry, City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Place, Inhabitat, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Public Space, Open-AirImage © Babak Bassir

Recently executive architects,Omniplan literally blew the roof off of Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica Place, pursuing hopes of LEED Silver in one of the United State’s largest sustainable retail renovations. The $265-million makeover turned the enclosed three-story 1980′s structure into an outdoor mall experience. Although we are admittedly not thrilled by sustainable renovations that cater to more consumerism, we were a little bit tipsy about the green building strategies featured throughout the 200,000 square feet of public space that are now open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Hollenbeck Police Station: LA's Men in Blue Go Green

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The new Hollenbeck Community Police Station, LA’s largest police facility, provides the city with a memorable landmark that celebrates green building. The building’s high design principals have a practical application, showing an open face to the community while providing a level of sustainable building practices that earned the project a LEED Gold certification in addition to multiple awards. Architects AC Martin achieved all of this while providing a secure work place for LA’s finest.

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LA Businesses Push for Nation's Largest Solar Feed-In Tariff

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The business community in Los Angeles is going green in a big way by pushing forward a plan to energize the city with the nation’s largest solar feed-in tariff. At the forefront of the movement is the Solar Coalition led by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), and the plan has support from local non-profit and environmental organizations including Global Green, the Sierra Club, and the United States Green Building Council. The coalition campaign calls for a 600 megawatt Solar Feed-in Tariff program that will help ensure private investment in solar while helping meet Mayor Antonio Villariagosa’s renewable energy goals.

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Alta Lofts: Eco Chic Retro Renovation in East LA

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Some green projects take the long and windy road to completion, and Los Angeles’ Alta Lofts are a textbook case of how hard building can be. Located in the heart of the economically depressed East LA neighborhood of Lincoln Heights, the project has been struggling to reach completion for over 8 years. Now the lofts are finally done and ready to offer sustainable living for a revitalized community. Designed by Pugh-Scarpa Architects, the newly completed green renovation is a striking re-envisioning of the 1920-era building. The contemporary design mixed with the original neo-classical façade is a nod to the retro chic that LA does best.

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LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective on Rail and Public Space

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Los Angeles is taking a progressive look at public transportation and railLA is leading the way, bringing together the forces of the Los Angeles Chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association (APA). Today marks the launch of the railLA exhibition, LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective on Rail and Public Space. Locals and visitors alike are invited to view new ideas for establishing sustainable public transportation in a city laden with cars.

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WAV: A Spectacular New Green Arts Community in Ventura

WAV: A Spectacular New Green Arts Community in Ventura

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Architects Unveil Incredible Plans for the Future of Los Angeles

Architects Unveil Incredible Plans for the Future of Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Dreams of a New Downtown River Park

Los Angeles Dreams of a New Downtown River Park

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California Hybrids To Lose Their HOV Status Next Year

California Hybrids To Lose Their HOV Status Next Year

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Los Angeles Planning a West Coast

Los Angeles Planning a West Coast "High Line" Park

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