Creative Commons photo by Allie_Caulfield (CC BY 2.0)

Creative Commons photo by Allie_Caulfield (CC BY 2.0)

Will we be riding Angels Flight by Labor Day?: “Wednesday, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti made an announcement that historic preservationists, tourists, and downtown residents have been waiting and hoping for for years: Angels Flight, the historic little railway that goes up Bunker Hill, will reopen in a few months.”

Why Is the Drought Not Over Yet?: “Those of us who look at water never want to get too comfortable,” Feldman says. “I suspect that’s one of the reasons officials are reluctant to drop the declaration of drought — the fear that we might go back to old habits.”

International competition to design an island: The University of Pennsylvania’s LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus) journal has launched a US$10,000 international ideas competition to design a hypothetical island. The competition asks entrants to conceive a new island or archipelago of islands that can be located anywhere in the world. The island(s) can be in any form and have any program, but must not exceed a total surface area of one square kilometre.

Architects and designers are no good at altering your mental topography: “After leaving, you see where you are completely differently, your mental topography altered and filtered in a way that the heritage culture tropes of “psychogeographic” writing no longer can…Architects and designers are not good at this.”

Turquoise waters, white sandy cliffs and highways swallowed by sand: Irenaeus Herok is a Polish commercial photographer specialising in landscape, architecture and portraiture…The talented landscape photographer has captured both the vibrant colours of untouched terrains and the mind-blowing architecture and infrastructure re-shaping the region.

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