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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next "Big One" - a massive earthquake that could open California's San

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Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

The head of the UCLA-based design program developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop high-speed transport concept has described the project as "insane" and "pure science fiction," but only in the most positive

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Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop divided the Oak Pass Guesthouse into two main volumes: the two-story living quarters and the barn-turned-living-room that also doubles as an airy concert hall. The two structures are

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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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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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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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New Report Reveals the Most Water-Stressed Cities in the World

New Report Reveals the Most Water-Stressed Cities in the World

The Nature Conservancy has published a global database of over 500 cities around the world to determine their level of water stress. Based on the number of water sources available to each city, the

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Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of

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Moment Factory Unveils Trippy ‘Multimedia Eco System’ in LAX’s New Terminal

Moment Factory Unveils Trippy ‘Multimedia Eco System’ in LAX’s New Terminal

The impressive media installation is the largest immersive multimedia system of any airport in North or South America. With the principal focus on providing passengers with an engaging cinematic

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The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

It is not often that an architecture master reinvents himself, but that is precisely what Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry has done. Gehry, who first won international recognition with his own

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Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

Submitted by Ziwei Song, the utopian Skyvillage aims to foster social interaction and cultural exchange between the city's four, currently separated quadrants: Downtown, Chinatown, Echo Park, and Temple

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Isidore Electronics Recycling Gives Ex-Cons a Second Shot at Life

Isidore Electronics Recycling Gives Ex-Cons a Second Shot at Life

Kabira Stokes has always been troubled by the things our society sees as disposable; she hates watching toxic heavy metals in used electronics being tossed into landfills, and she hates seeing people

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Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Situated on Sunset Boulevard, the new satellite campus will play host to Emerson College's annual semester-long internship program in Los Angeles. Built over two years for $85 million, this 10-story

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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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California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

While many parts of the East coast and Midwest are covered in ice and snow, California is suffering from a severe drought and record-breaking high temperatures. A high pressure system spanning from the

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent

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L.A. Artist Handcrafts Luxurious Chandeliers Entirely From Trashed Bike Parts

L.A. Artist Handcrafts Luxurious Chandeliers Entirely From Trashed Bike Parts

Artist Carolina (Caro) Fontoura Alzaga challenges the "necessity for the new" by creating magnificent Victorian style chandeliers from trashed bike parts sourced from local Los Angeles shops. Many of the

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HOW TO: Choose a Living Christmas Tree for a Green Holiday Season

HOW TO: Choose a Living Christmas Tree for a Green Holiday Season

Purchase a Tree from a Nursery     Nurseries in most parts of the country sell young pines and fir trees, and the best way to find a tree is to call around to local nurseries and ask

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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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Tiny Moroccan-Themed AirBnB Home Pops Up in the Heart of Downtown L.A.

Tiny Moroccan-Themed AirBnB Home Pops Up in the Heart of Downtown L.A.

Designed and installed in just three weeks, this AirBnB abode pulls inspiration from the Art District's history and cultural diversity to the heavily-textured and geometric Moroccan style. Flooded with

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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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The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

After paying for tuition, books and accommodation throughout college, the word "free" sounds like sweet music to the ears of any student. The FreeBike Project not only allow students on campuses across

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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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SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

In December, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) named SOM the winner of an international competition to design the new Los Angeles courthouse, beating out three other shortlisted teams for

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Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

In July, Mayor Villaraigosa and Council member Huizar opened Spring Street Park in Downtown Los Angeles. This is the 16th park to be opened as part of the City's 50 Parks Initiative, which aims to create

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Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers in Los Angeles and New York!

Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers in Los Angeles and New York!

Hey New Yorkers and Angelenos! Are you a talented writer with a passion for green design and the environment? Inhabitat is looking for a few great writers in NYC and Los Angeles to contribute coverage of

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