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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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EXCLUSIVE PICS: The PUNCHouse Is Santa Monica’s First Energy-Neutral LEED Platinum Home

EXCLUSIVE PICS: The PUNCHouse Is Santa Monica’s First Energy-Neutral LEED Platinum Home

Photos © Evelyn Lee Local Waste Management helped to coordinate the deconstruction of the existing structure, donating 60 tons of reusable materials to Habitat for Humanity to be sold in their

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Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Designed to blend with the native grasses, the small zen-like home is nonetheless a striking feature of the dramatic landscape without being to overbearing. It is oriented to maximize views of the nearby

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Los Angeles Becomes the Largest US City to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes the Largest US City to Ban Plastic Bags

Yesterday, the City of Los Angeles made eco-history, by enacting a citywide ban on plastic bags. The vote, which passed through the L.A. City Council, made Los Angeles the largest city in the U.S. to ban

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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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Paige Smith’s Paper Geodes Add Sparkle to Nondescript Los Angeles Buildings

Paige Smith’s Paper Geodes Add Sparkle to Nondescript Los Angeles Buildings

Paige Smith prefers to express her point of view through 3D paper sculptures instead of traditional paint. Her finished works represent mineral formations like crystals, quartz, and especially geodes. But

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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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Ice Cube Raps About the Eames and Going Green 1949-Style

Ice Cube Raps About the Eames and Going Green 1949-Style

While rapper Ice Cube is certainly known for his lyrical stylings, what you may not know is that he studied architectural drafting before he got big. He also has a deep appreciation for design - and he

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Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference: Final Wrap

Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference: Final Wrap

Many of the entrepreneurial minds at the conference are looking to create sustainable solutions, and the finalists from OG25 green start-up competition were no exception. Every one of the the 25 start-ups

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Eye-Popping SRES 2 Rainbow School Brightens Up a Rundown Community in Los Angeles

Eye-Popping SRES 2 Rainbow School Brightens Up a Rundown Community in Los Angeles

This technicolored school, aptly named the Rainbow School, has done more than brighten up the LA neighborhood it calls home - it's actually making lives there better. DLR Group hosted several outreach

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SCI-Arc’s Billowing Graduation Pavilion Was Made With Giant Knitting Needles

SCI-Arc’s Billowing Graduation Pavilion Was Made With Giant Knitting Needles

The beautiful canopy reached across the cloudless sky, spanning 60 x 110 feet. Oyler Wu enlisted aid from their students to help build the undulating structure, which sheltered the 900 friends and family

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25,000 Chopsticks Create Stunning Wooden Clouds Inside LA’s Tsujita Restaurant

25,000 Chopsticks Create Stunning Wooden Clouds Inside LA’s Tsujita Restaurant

Architect Takeshi Sano sought to create a beautiful and mysterious atmosphere influenced by traditional Japanese design. To do this he integrated an incredible ceiling art piece with the restaurant's

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Scott Campbell Carves Skull Out Of $11,000 of US Currency

Scott Campbell Carves Skull Out Of $11,000 of US Currency

Albeit amazing to look at, Scott Campbell's series of skulls carved from stacks of one dollar bills are not the greenest artworks we've covered. Using lasers, the artist carves into real, uncut United

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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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Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Approves Plan for 1,680 Miles of Bikeways

Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Approves Plan for 1,680 Miles of Bikeways

Fans of human powered bi-peds in the City of Angels rejoice! The Los Angeles City Council just approved a plan calling for 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways. The new undertaking will call for more

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LEED Certified Los Angeles Dept of Recreation Building Opens Today and You’re Invited!

LEED Certified Los Angeles Dept of Recreation Building Opens Today and You’re Invited!

Please join the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), The Everychild Foundation, and the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers as we cut the ribbon on our newly

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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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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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Los Angeles County Opens Its First Green Library!

Los Angeles County Opens Its First Green Library!

Absorbent parking lot pavement, low-water plumbing fixtures, and heat-reducing roofing are just a few of the sustainable features in the first ever eco-friendly building of the County of Los Angeles

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PHATport Solar Awning Provides Outdoor Shade and Solar Power

PHATport Solar Awning Provides Outdoor Shade and Solar Power

PHAT Energy recently unveiled the PHATport 350, an outdoor solar structure that can serve as everything from a cozy, sun-sheltering patio to an energy-generating car port (imagine plugging your EV into

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Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles

Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles

Project UMBRELLA just took the $5,000 first place award in The Architect’s Newspaper and SCI‐Arc's recent Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, which asked entrants to

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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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Multi-tasking Eco Stools are a Modern Take on Traditional Design

Multi-tasking Eco Stools are a Modern Take on Traditional Design

Portuguese designers Cláudio Cardoso and Telma Verissimo designed these fun multi-tasking Open stools that combine environmentally-responsible design with a playful modern aesthetic. Inspired by

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MASTODON Mobile Skyscraper is a Pop Up Disaster Relief Shelter

MASTODON Mobile Skyscraper is a Pop Up Disaster Relief Shelter

We've seen our share of smart disaster relief shelters before, but none that ever featured a mobile skyscraper - until now. Dubbed the Transient Response System (TRS-1), this innovative design by

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