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Will the LA River through Downtown ever look like this?: “Splashy new renderings show what a greened-up LA River—surrounded by parks, jacaranda trees, restored marshlands, and new high-rises and mixed-use development—might look like decades from now.”

Why MacArthur ‘genius’ Kate Orff says designing for nature can protect our cities: “We have to design adaptive landscapes that can accept flood waters or extensive green roofs and streetscapes that absorb rain. But we also need to mitigate the projection of carbon in the first place and decarbonize our built settlement pattern. For me, that is the combination of landscape design and urban architecture that I try to operate in.”

Obesity Thrives in the Suburbs: “So why is obesity less common in densely built areas? The obvious answer is walkability. When amenities are within easy walking distance there is, quite simply, more incentive to walk to them, while densely built environments can also de-incentivize driving because of their congestion and limited parking. The study’s authors also suggest another factor.”

Young Architect Guide: What Is Behavior Modeling in Architecture?: “Behavior modeling programs employ complex algorithms that predict, with an impressive degree of accuracy, the way people will move through a space under a given set of conditions. They’re most often used to analyze the design of buildings that accommodate large crowds, like transit centers and stadiums, though the range of events and decisions that can be modeled is quickly expanding. This means the range of scales and project types that can be analyzed is expanding, as well, increasing the usefulness of these programs to architects who incorporate them into their design process.”

Things to do in Los Angeles This Fall: “The 26 best places to visit in LA, from the iconic Stahl House to a highly acclaimed exhibit on radical women artists.”

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