The L.A. River Is Now A Temporary Art Museum: “We used the L.A. River as a canvas, and light as a material, and we project several visual stories,” says artist Refik Anadol, who collaborated with Peggy Weil on the project. It’s 1 of 16 installations up now around the city—on and around the river—as part of Current:LA Water, a new public art biennial.”

NOTE: one of the landscape installations is a collaboration between the artist Mel Chin, landscape architects Calvin Abe and Glen Dake, with advice from Lili Singer of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants!

Smart bricks will give homes and offices their own ‘digestive system’: ‘Smart’ bricks which can recycle wastewater and generate electricity are being created as part of a new project aiming to transform the places where we live and work.

Phyto Kinetic: Green-Roofed Buses Add a Breath of Fresh Air to the Urban Jungle: “How would you like to be transported to work in a moving garden? If Marc Granen has anything to do with it, you may be able to. The landscape artist, who we discovered through Urban Gardens, has developed a green roof for buses called Phyto Kinetic.”

Before It Runs Off: “People are generally very interested in being part of the problem solving. The community at large has been used to water not costing much and the opportunity to use a lot of water. There is an incentive beyond being a good citizen.” Be assured, collection and dispersal of local Southern California rainwater will become an integral discussion of the development of Los Angeles Version 2.0.

Technology Is Monitoring the Urban Landscape: “Big City is watching you. It will do it with camera-equipped drones that inspect municipal power lines and robotic cars that know where people go. Sensor-laden streetlights will change brightness based on danger levels. Technologists and urban planners are working on a major transformation of urban landscapes over the next few decades.”


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