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Crazy Awesome Solar Serpent Structure Proposed For Santa Monica Freeway

Crazy Awesome Solar Serpent Structure Proposed For Santa Monica Freeway

Swedish architect Mans Tham went halfway around the world to find inspiration for this insanely awesome design for a serpent-shaped solar skin for the Sana Monica freeway. This renovation of existing

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Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

The competition, now in its 8th year, is for emerging architects and designers to push the limits on design, and this time focused on helping the Government Service Administration re-imagine how it can

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West Coast Central Park is a Verdant Patchwork Quilt of Greenery at Playa Vista

West Coast Central Park is a Verdant Patchwork Quilt of Greenery at Playa Vista

Michael Maltzen Architects collaborated with landscape architect James Burnett to design the park as part of the mixed use Playa Vista development. While the space is currently bordered by vacant land, a

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A+D’s SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

A+D’s SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

The A+D Museum in Los Angeles recently hosted a panel discussion for their new sci-fi inspired “SOUPERgreen” exhibit. The architects involved wanted to challenge conventional sustainable design trends

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Innovative and Flexible Prefab Prototype Schools For Los Angeles School District

Innovative and Flexible Prefab Prototype Schools For Los Angeles School District

The number of students at a given school changes over time, and since many schools are overcrowded now, districts are looking towards more efficient and flexible building options. Gonzales Goodale

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Micro LA Tree House Creates a Contemporary Dream Retreat

Micro LA Tree House Creates a Contemporary Dream Retreat

The sculptural form of this LA treehouse is a perfect fit for its occupants as the design was inspired by the owner's art collection. Given as a surprise gift from a husband to his wife, the space is a

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The Red Box: A Sustainable Addition Gives an LA Home Breathtaking New Views

The Red Box: A Sustainable Addition Gives an LA Home Breathtaking New Views

This sustainably built home addition, lovingly called the Red Box, gives its residents new, sweeping views of Los Angeles including a direct line of sight to the famous Griffith Observatory. Designed by

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Enter the 2011 METROPOLIS Next Generation Design Competition TODAY!

Enter the 2011 METROPOLIS Next Generation Design Competition TODAY!

There are less than two weeks left to enter Metropolis' Next Generation Design Competition, a design challenge asking you to give the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) building in downtown L.A.

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LA’s Broad Museum Unveils Porous, Light-Filled Gallery

LA’s Broad Museum Unveils Porous, Light-Filled Gallery

Eli Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveiled the renderings for the new museum yesterday inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $130 million museum will play a central role in the re-urbanization of

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Tesla’s Red Hot and Green Los Angeles Showroom

Tesla’s Red Hot and Green Los Angeles Showroom

While the showroom is still definitely a car dealership, Tesla's flagship store is more like a sculpture gallery with a simple, yet bold interior. Bright red walls are complimented by concrete floors and

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West Hollywood’s Stylish Green Low-Income Housing

West Hollywood’s Stylish 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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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Tesla & Toyota Unveil RAV4 Electric Vehicle at LA Auto Show

Tesla & Toyota Unveil RAV4 Electric Vehicle at 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

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LA Warehouse Office is a Shipping Container City

LA Warehouse Office is a Shipping Container City

Pallotta TeamWorks found a good deal on the warehouse, but after running the numbers realized they wouldn't be able to afford keeping the entire space air-conditioned -- plus, they were working on a

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Green-Roofed Holocaust Museum Unveiled in Los Angeles

Green-Roofed Holocaust Museum Unveiled in Los Angeles

The museum just opened this week in a lot adjacent to the Holocaust Memorial placed in 1992. The LAMH is the oldest holocaust museum in the US and this is its fourth and final location. Its subtle design

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DesignWeek LA 2010 Kicks Off This Week!

DesignWeek LA 2010 Kicks Off This Week!

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

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Samitaur Tower Broadcasts Community Art in Culver City

Samitaur Tower Broadcasts Community Art in Culver City

Images © Tom Bonner The open-air art tower is located at the corner of Hayden Avenue and National Boulevard with the Expo light rail line literally at the foot of the structure across the street and

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Los Angeles Boasts World’s Largest Naturally Lit Museum Space

Los Angeles Boasts World’s Largest Naturally Lit Museum Space

The new Resnick Pavilion is part of a larger redevelopment plan for the art museum called the Transformation. The impressive endeavor includes the neighboring five-story Broad Contemporary Museum, also

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Gehry’s Santa Monica Place Goes Green With LEED Renovation

Gehry’s Santa Monica Place Goes Green With LEED Renovation

The $265-million makeover, turned Gehry's 1980 enclosed three story structure into an outdoor mall experience that's on its way to LEED Silver.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alta Lofts: Eco Chic Retro Renovation in East LA

Alta Lofts: Eco Chic Retro Renovation in East LA

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

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

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

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

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WAV: A Spectacular New Green Arts Community in Ventura

WAV: A Spectacular New Green Arts Community in Ventura

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

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Architects Unveil Incredible Plans for the Future of Los Angeles

Architects Unveil Incredible Plans for the Future of Los Angeles

Overall, the three firms believe in a much more sustainable, interconnected, and denser city where buildings serve multiple purposes and public transportation is the norm. Density, common spaces, more

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Los Angeles Dreams of a New Downtown River Park

Los Angeles Dreams of a New Downtown River Park

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

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California Hybrids To Lose Their HOV Status Next Year

California Hybrids To Lose Their HOV Status Next Year

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

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Los Angeles Planning a West Coast “High Line” Park

Los Angeles Planning a West Coast “High Line” Park

New York's High Line has been a smashing success -- so much so that other cities are now trying to emulate it. The Architect's Newspaper tells us that Los Angeles is working on its own version called the

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LAcarGuy Jumpstarts LA’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

LAcarGuy Jumpstarts LA’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Last week at a preview event for one of Fisker's first showrooms, the LAcarGuy made his move to become the first automotive dealer in the US to offer "Level 2" electric vehicle charging stations for any

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