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Tesla & Toyota Unveil RAV4 Electric Vehicle at LA Auto Show

by , 11/18/10

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

by , 11/12/10

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Green-Roofed Holocaust Museum Unveiled in Los Angeles

by , 10/19/10

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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

by , 09/28/10

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Los Angeles Boasts World's Largest Naturally Lit Museum Space

by , 09/20/10

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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

by , 08/11/10

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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

by , 08/03/10

Feed-in Tariff, Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Inhabitat, Inhabitat LA, Inhabitat Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Council, LABC, sun power, renewable incentives

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

by , 08/02/10

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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

by , 07/29/10

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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

by , 07/27/10

Arts Condo, Green Arts community, green condo, Green low income housing, LEED condo, LEED gold certification, LEED homeless housing, LEED low income housing, Ventura Art Lofts, Ventura studios

Responding to the need for community venues for the arts, the nonprofit Place is building green artist residences and community developments throughout the country. Their newly completed Working Artist Ventura (or WAV) LEED building is a bold plan that mixes arts, community, economy and sustainability into a single development. WAV also offers a residence for homeless families, a retail and arts center, and upscale lofts. The dynamic program includes a jazz club, a movie theater, an art gallery, studios, a cafe, and restaurants. Most importantly, WAV is a community for arts of all genres.

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Architects Unveil Incredible Plans for the Future of Los Angeles

by , 07/21/10

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Los Angeles Dreams of a New Downtown River Park

by , 07/19/10

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A 100 year-old rail depot resides next to downtown Los Angeles, and next to the rail yard is the famous LA viaduct, a ribbon of concrete and steel cutting thought the heart of the city. A study was just released to re-envision this 20th century monolithic development as a 21st century park complete with a green belt, a transportation corridor, and a recreation area lined with mixed-use developments.

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California Hybrids To Lose Their HOV Status Next Year

by , 07/12/10

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This probably won’t come as a surprise to you but Californians weren’t buying Priuses just because of their fuel efficiency – they were also in it to gain Clean Air Vehicle status and get a handy HOV lane sticker. Up until 2007, 85,000 stickers were given out for hybrid vehicles, but soon those stickers won’t mean anything. Effective as of January 1st, 2011, the prized yellow HOV sticker on hybrid vehicles like the Prius will be defunct, but will still work for more efficient natural gas and electric vehicles through 2015. Prius and hybrid car owners are likely to be quite miffed by the status downgrade, but the new law will help encourage people to buy even more fuel efficient vehicles.

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Los Angeles Planning a West Coast

Los Angeles Planning a West Coast "High Line" Park

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LAcarGuy Jumpstarts LA's Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

LAcarGuy Jumpstarts LA's Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

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LA's 40th Annual Architecture Awards Celebrate Sustainable Designs

LA's 40th Annual Architecture Awards Celebrate Sustainable Designs

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Inhabitat Reports on the Best of Dwell On Design 2010!

Inhabitat Reports on the Best of Dwell On Design 2010!

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Marmol Radziner Launches Affordable New Locomo Prefab!

Marmol Radziner Launches Affordable New Locomo Prefab!

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