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LA County’s first bike-sharing program comes to Santa Monica

Posted November 11, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Santa Monica Breeze Bikes at a station at Cloverfield and Broadway. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

Thursday, Nov. 12 is a big day for local cyclists.
The city of Santa Monica plans to unveil its much-anticipated bike-sharing program – the first of its kind in Los Angeles County.
Five hundred bikes will be docked at about 80 different hubs across Santa Monica, and parts of Venice. You sign up online or through an app, which shows you where available bikes are parked. You …

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The “ghoulish” color of LED streetlights

Posted October 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Tang Yau Hoong

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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A Whole Foods Protest in Silver Lake

Posted September 22, 2015 by | 7 Comments

Some residents of Silver Lake have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of a Whole Foods supermarket in their neighborhood. But then, the upscale grocery chain announced that the Silver Lake venue would be something new and different. And that has some people there upset.
What’s coming instead is a budget version of the store called 365 by Whole Foods Market. It’s a store that mainly …

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Will California’s High Speed Rail Be Safe?

Posted May 15, 2015 by | Comments Off

In the wake of the Amtrak train crash this week, how safe will High Speed Rail be?

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Michael Govan Defends Peter Zumthor’s Design For LACMA

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment

LACMA’s new building is emerging from an open design process and will blend antiquity and modernity in a beautiful experience for visitors, while satisfying present and future needs of the museum’s collections. That’s according to Michael Govan, defending the design by Peter Zumthor.

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All Hail the Crop Top: Is Coachella L.A.’s Unofficial Fashion Week?

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Doesn’t it seem like every store has a Coachella section these days?

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What We Learned From Flying a Drone in Leimert Park

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment
INKD (ck) ultimately found the drone. He said it was an telepathic experience. He just knew it was nearby.

It was a sunny February day in Los Angeles. The sky was perfectly blue, unmuddled by smog. We were in Leimert Park in South Los Angeles to see a new “People Street.” And we brought our drone.
The People Street program is a partnership initiative between LADOT and local community organizations to transform small stretches of underused streets into pedestrian-friendly plazas or parklets. Leimert Park’s plaza …

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Ray Bradbury Center Supportive of Mayne’s Changes to Bradbury’s Former Home

Posted January 15, 2015 by | 3 Comments
Ray Bradbury circa 1972. Photo by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Archive

News broke this week that the former Cheviot Hills home of the late Ray Bradbury has been torn down to make way for a new home for the property’s new owner, the architect Thom Mayne. While some mourn the loss of the celebrated Sci-fi writer’s creative lair, others see promise in the changes, among them Jonathan R. Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Editor of the …

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Will Building Boom Again in Havana, Cuba?

Posted December 17, 2014 by | Comments Off

What will normalizing relations between Cuba and the U.S. mean for buildings in Havana?

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Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center Opens in Former E. Stewart Williams Bank

Posted November 6, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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A calling card for Palm Springs is its trove of modern architecture. Now that passion for design has been enshrined in a new Architecture and Design Center, opening Sunday.
The Architecture and Design Center, short for Palm Springs Art Museum: Architecture and Design Center; Edwards Harris Pavilion, is a satellite of the Palm Springs Art Museum; it is housed in a former bank designed by …

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