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2015 BMW i3 Wins ‘Green Car of the Year’ at the Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 BMW i3 Wins ‘Green Car of the Year’ at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Green Car Journal just announced its 11th annual Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and this year's winner is… the 2015 BMW i3! The i3 impressed the jury with its all-electric

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Volkswagen SportWagen HyMotion Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Concept Debuts at the LA Auto Show

Volkswagen SportWagen HyMotion Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Concept Debuts at the LA Auto Show

Unlike Toyota and Honda, which have unveiled completely different models for its fuel cell technology, VW is showing how its technology can be adapted to existing production models. Volkswagen has been

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Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los Angeles Auto Show

2014 is turning out to be a banner year for hydrogen cars - Toyota is set to launch its newly unveiled Mirai fuel cell vehicle next year in California, and Honda just announced plans to debut its

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear

Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear

In a monumental feat of visual trickery, London-based Ordinary Architecture made the letters that make up the iconic “Hollywood” sign appear to have disappeared from their perch in the Santa Monica

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of

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Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

The 2013 Sunset Idea Houses were located in the sustainable seaside village of Seabrook, WA, and in 2012 the honor was given to a prefab home in built by Blu Homes in Healdsburg, CA. The 2014 Sunset Idea

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Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Mark Baez's MCube is an amazing custom-built modular house in Venice that can be endlessly reconfigured - and it just hit the market for a cool $5,950,000. The home is made from 10-foot cubic modules that

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Tallest Green Wall in Los Angeles to Adorn Oldest LEED Platinum Building in Southern California

Tallest Green Wall in Los Angeles to Adorn Oldest LEED Platinum Building in Southern California

"Rising Realty Partners is committed to the greening of our city, whether it is a sustainable building or the introduction of a vertical park," said Christopher Rising, RRP President and Chief Operating

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Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles just launched the city's first Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) in Northeast L.A., and it will serve as a pilot program for a larger citywide initiative in 2015-16. The public-private

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The Broad Art Museum Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad Art Museum Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hood Design just revealed renderings for a landscaped plaza to be built next to The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles. Designed as a pedestrian friendly space, the 24,000 square

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High Line Park Designer James Corner Unveils New Tongva Park in Santa Monica

High Line Park Designer James Corner Unveils New Tongva Park in Santa Monica

Tongva Park's site was previously an unused dirt lot that broke the connection between City Hall and the Santa Monica Pier. The new park is a beautiful, nature-filled space the bridges this gap and serves

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USC’s fluxHome is a Model for Energy Efficient and Low-Cost Housing for SoCal

USC’s fluxHome is a Model for Energy Efficient and Low-Cost Housing for SoCal

The fluxHome is based on a modular and prefab kit of parts with a simple, yet flexible design that could be utilized to create low-cost housing on a larger scale. ProgramPods are pre-defined rooms and

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Gensler’s New LEED Gold-Designed Star Alliance Lounge Opens at LAX

Gensler’s New LEED Gold-Designed Star Alliance Lounge Opens at LAX

The new Star Alliance Lounge in the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX officially opened its doors to passengers on September 25th. First class, business, and Star Alliance Gold card passengers departing on Star

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LA’s Solar-Powered Green Greenberg Green House is Topped With a Living Roof

LA’s Solar-Powered Green Greenberg Green House is Topped With a Living Roof

LA-based firm New Theme designed the Greenberg Green house around site conditions, constraints, programmatic use and views. The home's shape and orientation were expressly designed to minimize exposure to

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Will Los Angeles Move Forward with Free, Citywide Wi-Fi Service?

Will Los Angeles Move Forward with Free, Citywide Wi-Fi Service?

WiFi and Los Angeles images from Shutterstock Los Angeles could become the largest U.S. city to offer its residents free, citywide Wi-Fi service if a motion introduced by City Councilman Bob

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Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit

Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit

According to an article by Justin Gerdes for Forbes, last month the city of Los Angeles completed the world’s largest LED street light retrofit, changing over 141,089 street lights to energy efficient

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LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

The Tom Bradley Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles and is a major improvement to airline travel for the busy hub. Fentress Architects, who designed Sacramento's new

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags.

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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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Dwell on Design 2013 Kicks Off this Weekend in Los Angeles

Dwell on Design 2013 Kicks Off this Weekend in Los Angeles

Dwell on Design, America's largest modern design event, is set to kick off this Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center! This annual exhibition features a vast array of green designs ranging from home

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Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

After a long run, the Hollywood Park Racetrack will be closing its doors after the completion of the racing series this fall. Likely due to economic instability, the owners of the racetrack decided the

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Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

The Motion Picture Academy Museum will take over the space previously inhabited by the LACMA West and what was previously the May Co. Department Store, which opened in 1939. The original façade of the

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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech's Robinson Laboratory was originally built in 1932 and features a Spanish mission-style design similar to many of the buildings on the campus. Keeping true to the original nature of the building,

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Richard Neutra’s Mid-Century Hailey Residence is an Exercise in Compact Space Design

Richard Neutra’s Mid-Century Hailey Residence is an Exercise in Compact Space Design

Richard Neutra was originally from Austria, but he practiced for much of his life in Southern California and even worked for Frank Lloyd Wright for a short time. He was known for his modernist works and

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Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

The Cuningham Group and REThink Development partnered on this project to create ultra green office space in Culver City. They bought a warehouse that was once part of the MGM studio back lot and worked in

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BIG & Small House Maximizes Space with Volume and Daylighting in Los Angeles

BIG & Small House Maximizes Space with Volume and Daylighting in Los Angeles

The BIG & Small House is set on a 2,500 sq ft lot, and the home has a building footprint of 900 sq ft with a total of 1,200 sq ft inside. This includes a one-car garage, an open floor plan

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Los Angeles’ First Parklet Opens on York Boulevard in Highland Park

Los Angeles’ First Parklet Opens on York Boulevard in Highland Park

The new parklet measures 20 feet long by about 6 feet wide, according to The Eastsider, and it cost about $30,000 to assemble. The mini park features redwood decking, some planters that are filled with

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