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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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LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

The LA River begins in the San Fernando Valley and moves east and then south through LA county. Flooding in the early part of the 19th century led to the river being walled up in a concrete canal to

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Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Located at 6th Street and Maple Avenue along the border of Skid Row, Star Apartments is a new model for urban development. This is the third project by Michael Maltzan for Skid Row Housing Trust after

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Nation’s Second Largest Bike Share Program Coming to Los Angeles This Spring

Nation’s Second Largest Bike Share Program Coming to Los Angeles This Spring

Los Angeles is hoping to rid its reputation of grid-locked traffic by launching the country’s second largest bike share next spring. Come April, Bike Nation will transform the car-laden city into a

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SOM’s Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award

SOM’s Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award

The new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse will be designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and it will feature state-of-the-art sustainable design. Announced just this week, the US General Services

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

In Beverly Hills, California, luxury cars like BMWs and Mercedes-Benz are the norm - so it was surprising to get so many oohs and ahhs when we rolled up in the 2013 Chevy Volt! Yes, California is also the

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J1 Studio’s Modular “T.shelf” Takes Plywood and Zip-Ties Into a New Dimension

J1 Studio’s Modular “T.shelf” Takes Plywood and Zip-Ties Into a New Dimension

Los Angeles-based design firm J1 Studio has taken plywood and zip-ties out of the local hardware store and into the world of fine furnishings. Their modern, modular "T.shelf" can be assembled in a variety

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Urban Air To Transform Billboards into Wi-Fi Connected Bamboo Sky Gardens in LA

Urban Air To Transform Billboards into Wi-Fi Connected Bamboo Sky Gardens in LA

Glassman started taking notice of billboards after the Northridge earthquakes because the sturdy metal were still standing. He has long worked with billboard art work and public art, but also with bamboo.

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HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB collaborated with Michael Maltzan Architecture, AC Martin, and Hargreaves Associates to design the new bridge, which was inspired by the arches of its predecessor. Opened in 1932, the art deco 6th

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Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Turns an Old Santa Monica Warehouse Into a New Animation Studio

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Turns an Old Santa Monica Warehouse Into a New Animation Studio

Santa Monica’s industrial corridor has just seen yet another hi-tech/entertainment company move in and renovate an older building into an inspiring office. Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc and Andy

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USC Libraries Unveils Amazing 3D Fractal Model Made of 49,000 Folded Business Cards

USC Libraries Unveils Amazing 3D Fractal Model Made of 49,000 Folded Business Cards

The art of origami is serious business, especially when involves folding over 49,000 business cards as part of a three-dimensional representation of an enormously complex mathematical object. On September

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Salton Sea Determined to be the Source of Rotten-Egg Stench Engulfing LA

Salton Sea Determined to be the Source of Rotten-Egg Stench Engulfing LA

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you may have noticed a certain foul stench polluting the air over the last few days. There have been concerns over the cause, and the damage that it could

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UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

The Contemporary Arts Center is UC Irvine's most recent addition to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and includes many innovative educational spaces. Built into a slight slope, the building contains a

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12-Acre Grand Park Set to Open This Weekend in Downtown Los Angeles

12-Acre Grand Park Set to Open This Weekend in Downtown Los Angeles

After two years of construction a 12 acre strip of downtown Los Angeles has been transformed into a multi-functional green space dubbed Grand Park - and it's set to open to the public this weekend!

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Ecofabulous and LivingHomes Unveil Affordable, Green C6 Prefab at Dwell on Design in LA!

Ecofabulous and LivingHomes Unveil Affordable, Green C6 Prefab at Dwell on Design in LA!

Zem Joaquin, founder of Ecofabulous, has long been an advocate of sustainable designs that only look great, but are also affordable for everyone. In the case of the C6 prefab, Joaquin and LivingHomes’

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UCLA Study Shows Los Angeles Could Heat Up 4 to 5 Degrees by Mid-Century

UCLA Study Shows Los Angeles Could Heat Up 4 to 5 Degrees by Mid-Century

A new UCLA study demonstrates that climate change could cause temperatures throughout the Los Angeles region to rise by 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century. These results could mean a tripling of

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Join Inhabitat Today at Dwell on Design 2012 in Los Angeles!

Join Inhabitat Today at Dwell on Design 2012 in Los Angeles!

Heads up Los Angeles design fans - Inhabitat is reporting live today from Dwell on Design 2012, the West Coast's largest design event! We're scouring the floor of the LA Convention Center and checking

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LA’s Biggest Apartment Project Since the Recession Breaks Ground

LA’s Biggest Apartment Project Since the Recession Breaks Ground

The largest apartment building since the beginning of the Great Recession has broken ground in Los Angeles, promising to reinvigorate the Koreatown neighborhood. The Vermont is a two-tower, mixed-use

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LivingHomes Introduces C6.2, a LEED Platinum Prefab House!

LivingHomes Introduces C6.2, a LEED Platinum Prefab House!

Santa Monica-based LivingHomes has launched the C6.2, an affordable prefab house that is certified LEED Platinum. Previously, LivingHomes had introduced the C6, an affordable three-bedroom home, but the

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Brooks & Scarpa’s Orange Grove Apartments Are Modern, Simple & Sustainable

Brooks & Scarpa’s Orange Grove Apartments Are Modern, Simple & Sustainable

Orange Grove is a long slender building in West Hollywood with five apartments all situated along a north/south axis. Brooks + Scarpa designed this 6,700 sq ft building with a plan to create loft-style

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar

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California’s High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

California’s High Speed Rail Budget Cut by $30 Billion

The price tag for the proposed high speed rail system in California has just taking a major cut, with a price chop of $30 billion. The latest budget projection comes in with last-minute design changes

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Sipho Mabona’s Swarming Origami Locusts Are Made of Money!

Sipho Mabona’s Swarming Origami Locusts Are Made of Money!

Mabona’s intricate origami evolved from his obsession with folding paper airplanes as a child. For the Japanese American National Museum show, the artist chose to tackle the issue of money and the

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Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

Designed by Francois Perrin, the Hollywood Hills House is a four-story terraced home at the very edge of the Hollywood neighborhood that backs up to a protected area. You may remember Perrin as the

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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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 Facade

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 family home directly

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Green Oak Writer’s Studio Is the Perfect Small Space For Meditation & Inspiration

Green Oak Writer’s Studio Is the Perfect Small Space For Meditation & Inspiration

Inspiration for the home office came from the "Russian word пустынь or poustinia (which literally means desert): a small simply furnished and preferably remote cabin to which a monk would retreat

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The Best of Dwell on Design 2011, Reporting Straight from LA!

The Best of Dwell on Design 2011, Reporting Straight from LA!

Once again, Ecofablous’ Modern Living Show House is available for sale on eBay with proceeds benefiting Global Green USA, giving anyone an opportunity to completely surround themselves in an incredibly

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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a

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FIRST PHOTOS: Incredible Recycled 747 Airplane House Completed in Malibu!

FIRST PHOTOS: Incredible Recycled 747 Airplane House Completed in Malibu!

Over time David Hertz and his team at Studio of Environmental Architects will be making use of the whole 747 plane including the wings, the fuselage, and cockpit to build not only the main house, but also

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