Here’s what the first blooms of spring look like, according to California and U.S. maps: “Many plants in Southern California had their first bloom before Groundhog Day on Feb. 2. While the East has been hit by winter storm after winter storm, it’s been planting season in Southern California for a month. The map above from the National Phenology Network shows the number of growing degree days (days with temperature high enough to grow plants) since January 1st.”

Stormwater Capture, Treatment and Recharge for Urban Water Supply: Traditionally, the approach to stormwater management viewed urban runoff as a flood management problem in which stormwaters need to be conveyed as quickly as possible from urban areas to waterways in order to protect public safety and property. Consequently, stormwater has been seen as a problem, and not a resource…But what if we could capture that stormwater, treat it, and use it to recharge groundwater?

Construction on LA River’s Atwater Village-Griffith Park bridge to start in April: “Construction on a striking and expensive bridge to connect Atwater Village and Griffith Park is about to get underway. Preparation for the $16-million bridge’s construction is beginning this week, with major construction starting in mid-April, says city engineering bureau spokesperson Mary Nemick. The work is slated to wrap up next fall.”

Why Working Long Hours Won’t Make You A “Better” Architect: “I don’t believe great architects are born but rather through years of consistent, focused work can develop the skills and connections required to succeed. This is why long hours are often associated with younger architects. Not only do they feel the need to “prove themselves” but also they haven’t seen many of the design problems before. Therefore they need to learn each solution for the first time.”

Bijlmer (City of the Future, Part 1): When the first few buildings were finished in the late 1960s, advertisements depicted a paradise with modern apartment towers, surrounded by lush green grass and trees. De Bruijn and his wife moved into the complex in 1969. “I lived on the 9th floor,” he recalls, and “I had a four-room apartment: three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, beautiful bathroom, and a balcony that was two meters wide and twelve meters long. It was a paradise of a balcony.”

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