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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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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 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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LA Considering Massive Central Park Above Highway 101

LA Considering Massive Central Park Above Highway 101

A massive proposal is on the table to create a half mile-long urban park above a section of Highway 101 in downtown Los Angeles. Dubbed Park 101, the proposal would create a roof and park over the 101,

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Hollywood Sign Site Saved By Hugh Hefner & Generous Donations

Hollywood Sign Site Saved By Hugh Hefner & Generous Donations

Photo credit: brunosan These last couple of months have been touch-and-go for the site of the iconic Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, but now thanks to a generous donation from Hugh Hefner, the site has

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Build It Green Certified Residence in Los Angeles

Build It Green Certified Residence in Los Angeles

The Jacobson Residence is a brand new construction in Los Angeles with a high eco factor - enough so that it is Build It Green and ENERGY STAR certified! If you're not familiar with Build It Green, it's

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Hidden House Is a Stunning Example of Sustainable Modern Architecture

Hidden House Is a Stunning Example of Sustainable Modern Architecture

Many architects and designers were caught dead in their tracks when the recent economic downturn struck. Standard architecture in Los Angeles successfully powers through by taking sustainable action,

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Modern Architecture Jewelry Made from Actual Construction Scraps!

Modern Architecture Jewelry Made from Actual Construction Scraps!

We're big fans of green architecture and eco jewelry, but what about eco jewelry made from actual architecture scraps? Well that's exactly what Los Angeles-based architecture firm Marmol Radziner (who

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Greenaid Installs Seedbomb Vending Machines to Beautify Our Cities

Greenaid Installs Seedbomb Vending Machines to Beautify Our Cities

Inhabitat reader dnl.phillips tells us about his Greenaid project, which installs “Seedbomb” vending machines in urban spaces to enable average city dwellers to become modern day Johnny Appleseeds. By

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Los Angeles Proposes Carbon Surcharge on Energy Bills

Los Angeles Proposes Carbon Surcharge on Energy Bills

In a move to make Los Angeles coal-free by 2020, Mayor Antonio Villariagosa just announced a proposal for a monthly carbon surcharge on water and power bills. The funds will be used to transition the city

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RecycleBank Pays Los Angeles Residents Cash for Their Trash

RecycleBank Pays Los Angeles Residents Cash for Their Trash

Starting April 5th, 15,000 single-family homes in Los Angeles will be able to earn cash for their trash through the city's new RecycleBank program. Participating households simply sign up to have their

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LA LIVE: LA’s New Ritz Carlton JW Marriott Tower Going for LEED GOLD

LA LIVE: LA’s New Ritz Carlton JW Marriott Tower Going for LEED GOLD

The Los Angeles skyline is changing, and its going for gold - LEED Gold, that is. Opening next week, the Gensler designed Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Mariott at the L.A. LIVE development mark

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First LEED Certified NFL Stadium Ever Coming to LA

First LEED Certified NFL Stadium Ever Coming to LA

A design for the new Los Angeles NFL stadium is in the works and it is set to be the first NFL stadium ever to become LEED certified. Designed by Aedas, a global architecture firm, the Los Angeles Stadium

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Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

A crowd that included actor/activist Don Cheadle gathered last week to celebrate the completion of the Upward Bound House Family Shelter in Culver City, Los Angeles, what is undeniably one of the

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Reclaimed Wood Eco-Clocks Keep Time in the Urban Jungle

Reclaimed Wood Eco-Clocks Keep Time in the Urban Jungle

It's 2010; the beginning of a new decade of great, green design. Rather than counting the days of their lives like sand through the hourglass, eco-minded inhabitants of today's urban jungle could soon be

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First Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Installed Between SF and LA

First Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Installed Between SF and LA

One of the biggest problems with electric vehicle technology is the lack of a plug-in infrastructure on our roads. But that problem is about to disappear -- at least for some commuters on Highway 101

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The Brooks Ave House: A Californian Study in Green

The Brooks Ave House: A Californian Study in Green

Vancouver-based architecture firm Bricault Design’s vegetation-clad house in Venice, California is a sexy study in green. The mod abode incorporates sustainable design in a new residential addition that

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ARTIC: 21st Century High Speed Rail Station For Orange County

ARTIC: 21st Century High Speed Rail Station For Orange County

Southern California will soon be getting a much needed infrastructure update in the form of Orange County's recently unveiled Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Designed by HOK Los

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Marmol Radziner Prefab’s Hollywood Hybrid Takes Shape in the Hills

Marmol Radziner Prefab’s Hollywood Hybrid Takes Shape in the Hills

Pre-built homemakers extraordinaire, Marmol Radziner Prefab were in the news this week once again introducing their newest custom prefab home. High up in the hills above Los Angeles sits the new

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Dwell on Design 2009 is This Month!

Dwell on Design 2009 is This Month!

Dwell on Design is back in Los Angeles this month, showcasing an incredible array of modern design from June 26-28. Now in its sophomore year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the three-day design

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SYNTHe: An Urban Rooftop Garden Prototype in Los Angeles

SYNTHe: An Urban Rooftop Garden Prototype in Los Angeles

In a city covered by over 4,000 square miles of asphalt and cinder block, the green roof movement may have just won a serious coup with SYNTHe, an urban rooftop garden prototype designed by SCI-arc

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Rock Row Breaks Ground For LEED Certified Housing

Rock Row Breaks Ground For LEED Certified Housing

Los Angeles recently saw the groundbreaking of Rock Row, the city's first Small Lot Subdivision to be certified under the USGBC's new LEED for Homes program. Developed by Heydey Partnership, the complex

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READER TIP: Kids Ocean Day in Los Angeles

READER TIP: Kids Ocean Day in Los Angeles

Talk about eco inspiration! More than 3,700 elementary school students hit the beaches on June 6th, 2008 to celebrate Kids Ocean Day in Los Angeles. The giant aerial art display send us the message of

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Eco fashion hits LA with Designers & Agents show!

Eco fashion hits LA with Designers & Agents show!

This weekend, the Designers and Agents fashion trade show has come to LA to showcase the hottest emerging apparel designs. Since environmental sustainability is naturally future-forward, we are thrilled

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INHABITAT REPORTS from D&A Green Room in Los Angeles

INHABITAT REPORTS from D&A Green Room in Los Angeles

The Designers & Agents Fashion show is happening this weekend in sunny Los Angeles, and Inhabitat's LA team (Haily Zaki and Alexandra Kain) has taken up residence in the eco-friendly Green Room. We

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Jean Nouvel’s “Green Blade” Slices LA Skyline

Jean Nouvel’s “Green Blade” Slices LA Skyline

Aptly nicknamed the “green blade,” Jean Nouvel’s newest addition to the asphalt laden City of Angels slices through the concrete jungle at 10,000 Santa Monica, adding much needed

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Santa Monica’s New Solar Powered LED Ferris Wheel

Santa Monica’s New Solar Powered LED Ferris Wheel

The Pacific Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier in California took her last spin on May 5th before crews dismantled the sun-faded behemoth piece by piece to make way for a shiny new wheel. And shiny it

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Los Angeles Passes Ambitious Green Building Law

Los Angeles Passes Ambitious Green Building Law

The past month has seen shock waves resonating throughout the world of sustainable architecture with two monumental reports on green building backed by some serious changes in public policy. First, the

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GREEN TRUCK: Clean, Green, Cooking Machines on Wheels!

GREEN TRUCK: Clean, Green, Cooking Machines on Wheels!

Anyone who works in Los Angeles is familiar with the ubiquitous “roach coach” - mobile kitchens on wheels that roll up for breakfast or lunch to serve up everything from burgers to burritos. Well

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Honda FCX Clarity

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Honda FCX Clarity

While green seemed to be the color of the Los Angeles Auto Show, only a few new vehicles could truly live up to the label. One of those few vehicles was the FCX Clarity, a fuel-cell vehicle by Honda,

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