In the past few years, cities have begun using LED lights to illuminate their streets. Los Angeles did it. So did Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit. But they soon heard from residents who found the light cold, oddly bluish and they created a harsh glare.
We visited the LA Convention Center to attend Light Show West, a big trade show for lighting experts. The seminar …
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Is recycling rubbish?
Americans are deeply committed to recycling — according to the EPA, in 2013, we generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons. That’s a roughly one-third recycling rate, or 1.51 pounds out of the 4.4 pounds each of us generates per day.
But is all this effort worth it? John Tierney, science writer for The New York Times, wrote …
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Can LA solve its affordable housing crisis with demountable, plastic-skinned homes shared with lizards and other urban wildlife?
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This Week on DnA: New Rules for CA Buildings and Plastic Bags, Activating Malibu Beaches and the LA River Through Play
Did you know that California is on a par with Europe when it comes to energy-efficiency in its buildings? That’s the view of Buro Happold‘s Julian Parsley, who explains the state’s new California Building Energy Efficiency standards. . . and why designers and their clients rushed to file projects with planning departments before the rules take effect.
LA.’s river and many of its Malibu beaches have …
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The message from Silicon Valley is that patents are worth protecting, hoarding and fighting about in court.
So what are we to conclude from Elon Musk’s announcement last week that he was tossing all Tesla’s hard-won patents?
Musk wrote on the Tesla blog:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have …
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Ask a hardcore cyclist about eBikes and he or she will likely be dismissive. But the electric motor-assisted bicycle is coming into its own.
One of the Southland manufacturers that saw the potential for the putting the ‘e’ in bicycles is longtime cyclist Larry Pizzi (below right), president of Currie Technologies and founder of the brand IZIP, the Simi Valley-based eBike company that will display its …
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LA has long been celebrated as a city of “mobility,” a place that was about relishing its freedom of movement as much as staying still, and where people identified with their cars as much as their homes. But now the region has become immobile. Join KCRW’s DnA for an event where we talk about the future of mobility in L.A.
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Fancy turning a stretch of your ‘hood into a pedestrian plaza? Or a parking space into a mini-park or “parklet?” Or how about carving out a “bike corral,” a stretch of parking dedicated to bike parking. Well, with the help of “People Street,” that’s exactly what you might be able to do. Carren Jao reports on a City of Los Angeles initiative launched this week. Richard …