Posts by AHBE LAB

This Biodegradable Paper Donut Could Let Us Reforest The Planet: “Called the Cocoon, this simple invention protects seedlings from harsh arid climates and reduces the amount of water they need to thrive–and boosts their survival rate by as much as 80%.”

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners: “This new online resource developed by the Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of Counties, and the Association of State Floodplain Managers showcases how communities across the country have successfully mitigated the effects of extreme weather by relying on green infrastructure.”

My Garden Answers: Ever asked, “I wonder which plant this is?” With over 1,250,000+ Users and counting, Garden Answers App is the most trusted gardening app available for the iOS / Android and will help identification, help with pest problems, and offer expert advice in growing and tending plants.

L.A.’s Tap Water Is Officially As Clean As Bottled Water: “Save your money. Your water coming out of your tap is just as good or if not, better” than bottled water or water treated with various devices. What’s more, at half a cent per gallon, it’s a whole lot cheaper, too.

To Build a Great Public Space, You Need More Than Good Design: “A pitfall is thinking that design can solve all the problems. As architects and planners, we like to think that our skills cover a lot of different disciplines, and that’s true. But design alone is never going to be enough.”

Los Angeles State Historic Park Opening
Los Angeles we are finally ready for you! Please join us for the long-awaited Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park – a day-long celebration of music, performance, family-friendly activities and food trucks. The park is easily accessible by the Chinatown Gold Line Station or by bicycle. Limited parking in the park. More details to follow as the date approaches. Please help us spread the word! Musical Performances by Grammy Award-winning QUETZAL, MILCK (Connie Lim of Washington DC Women’s March), Subsuelo, Shaolin Monks and more…
When: April 22, 2017; Celebrations start at 10am
Where: 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA, 90012

March For Science
“March for Science Los Angeles celebrates the crucial roles science plays in driving our economic growth, preserving our environment, and protecting the health of our citizens. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for policymakers to champion and fund science that upholds the common good and to advocate for evidence-based policies in the public interest at local, state and national levels.”
When: April 22, 2017; 9AM – 4PM
Where: Pershing Square Park, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Earth Day LA at Grand Park
Join Grand Park, The Music Center and DWP, discover ways you can live clean and go green in L.A. and celebrate Earth Day. There will even be free trees available if you live or own property within the City of Los Angeles (an ID/Driver’s License or LADWP bill is required; first come, first served with a limit of 1 tree per address).
When: April 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Our National Parks at 100: Confronting Change & Committing to Science
The UCLA/La Kretz Center in collaboration with Pepperdine University is proud to present a free public lecture with U.S. National Park Service leaders
Dr. Ray Sauvajot, Director od Natural Resource Stewardship and Science in conversation with David Szymanski, Superintendent at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
When: Sunday, April 23, 2017; 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
Where: Elkins Auditorium Pepperdine University; 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263

Immersive Landscapes with Andrea Cochran
“Drawing inspiration from early Modernist architects and Minimalist artists, landscape architect Andrea Cochran’s work is distinguished by its careful awareness of site, climate, and qualities of the existing environment. Spare geometry applied to vibrant plant life and a controlled palette of materials results in sharp compositional order, yielding landscapes that convey a heightened sense of texture, light, and movement. She will discuss her process of shaping space in both small gardens and larger landscapes to foster a deeper respect for our natural environment.”
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 7 p.m.
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA

California Poppy Festival
The 2017 California Poppy Festival™ is scheduled for April 22-23, 2017. The Festival gates open at 10 a.m. both days, and takes place rain or shine! Warm breezes replace the winter chill, jubilant laughter fills the air, and poppies burst into bloom blanketing hillsides in a sea of orange. Join us for two days of music, art, food and fun celebrating the state flower of California and the appearance of poppies in the Antelope Valley!
When: April 22 & 23, 2017. Rain or shine!
Where: Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park (formerly Lancaster City Park); 43063 N. 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534

Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars: “Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians.” Could Los Angeles ever integrate this type of city planning solution to turn the tide against cars and parking infrastructure defining the city?

A Guide to Watering Native Plants: “A new Tree of Life Nursery publication, Watering Native Plants, by nursery co-owner Mike Evans, covers important factors to keep in mind while planning – particularly for rain capture, and for decisions about irrigation methods.”

New urban parks and public spaces to see in 2017: “As spring weather begins to sweep the country, it seems like a good time to look at some of the parks and public spaces that have recently opened or will open later this year. Here’s a list of some of the projects—community gathering spaces, new examples of engineered nature, or important reflections of cultural heritage—that will continue to redefine the role of parks.”

How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl: “Many cities try to make themselves more appealing by building cycle paths and tram lines or by erecting swaggering buildings by famous architects. If they do not also change their parking policies, such efforts amount to little more than window-dressing. There is a one-word answer to why the streets of Los Angeles look so different from those of London, and why neither city resembles Tokyo: parking.”

New Metro employer bike-share discount could boost ridership: “Los Angeles County Metro has launched a new discount program to encourage employers to offer bike-share passes to their employees. The short-term bike rental system, intended to bridge small gaps between destinations or transit stops, has lagged behind similar big city systems in ridership numbers.”

Grand Park Portals Project
“What time did you wake up today? What do you do for work? How do you prepare your favorite meal? Angelenos can describe moments of everyday life – the sights, smells, and experiences to another place or country. The Portals Project brings an immersive space – a gold shipping container with screens and speakers – to connect Angelenos to faces and places that are curious about L.A. life. Exchange thoughts, ideas, recommendations for music, recipes, and anything in between in this two-week activation APR 10 – APR 23.”
WHEN: April 10, 2017 all-day Repeats
WHERE: Grand Park’ Olive Court (near the fountain), 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Citizen Science + Suds
“Can citizen science make Los Angeles a better city? Make California a better state? Can it help us save the world? Join NHMLA this spring in Downtown L.A. for our new Citizen Science + Suds series, in partnership with Angel City Brewery! Each month you’ll learn about projects that rely on community involvement for success. Panelists will share stories, data, and the real-world impacts that happen when you harness the power of the people. Come ready for an interactive and lively conversation-after all, crowd participation is what citizen science is all about.” Brian Brown – NHMLA Urban Nature Research Center; Brooke Simmons – Planetary Response Network and the Zooniverse; Claudia Martinez Mansell – Public Lab for Open Technology and Science
WHEN: April 13, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Angel City Brewery & Public House

The Great LA River Clean Up: Upper River
The Friends of the Los Angeles River lead America’s largest urban river clean up! Angelenos aren’t waiting for river restoration – they’re taking it into their own hands one trash bag at a time at Friends of the LA River’s 28th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza! April is Earth month and the Great LA River CleanUp isn’t just one of LA’s biggest green events. It isn’t just the biggest event on the LA River. This is the largest urban river clean up in America. FOLAR is going to break the records again this year with the most volunteers ever. Are you going to be there?
WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 9 am – 12 pm
WHERE: Bette Davis Picnic Area, 1850 Riverside Dr, Glendale, CA 91201

California Native Plant Horticulture with Lili Singer
The basics on gardening with California flora: why natives are valuable, about plant communities, plus planting techniques, establishment, irrigation, pruning and ongoing maintenance. Recommended for beginners; prerequisite to our Three-part California Native Plant Garden Design course.
WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
WHERE: Theodore Payne Foundation; 10459 Tuxford St. Sun Valley, CA 91352

Terns and Crows: Lessons in endangered shorebird management from Venice Beach
Led by the Los Angeles Audubon Society: “In analyzing the effectiveness of these non-lethal predator control systems, we find it is important to recognize the significant role anthropogenic factors have in affecting the ecology, behavior, and dispersion of various species in urban ecosystems. This talk will therefore discuss crow and least tern interactions at Venice Beach, the effectiveness of non-lethal predator control systems, and the role people can play in contributing to urban wildlife conservation and management.”
WHEN: April 12, 2017; 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Lights, Camera, California: Starring Roles for Scenic Sites
“The California Art Club pays tribute to the state’s impressive resume with the exhibition “Lights, Camera, California: Starring Roles for Scenic Sites,” on view through May 14. The exhibition showcases nearly 30 paintings of famous and not-so-famous sites that have made cameo appearances in film and television. Among the best-known location sites featured in the exhibition are iconic landmarks, such as the Hollywood Sign, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Griffith Park Observatory, which includes among its numerous credits the recently released “La La Land.”
WHEN: Tuesday – Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. Till May 14, 2017
WHERE: California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill; 1120 Old Mill Road | San Marino, CA 91108

Image: Farrells and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Our streets may be clogged with self-driving cars: “In fact the roads might still be crowded, because the VMT, or vehicle miles traveled, will not necessarily go down; there will just be fewer cars on the road longer. Dr. Kara Kockelman of the University of Texas, thinks that in fact they may add to congestion, telling a South by Southwest crowd: “I don’t think these cars are going to help us with congestion. I think they’re going to make it worse.”

An Overhead “Sky Garden” Comes To Seoul: “A Skygarden will be comprised of path of 24,000 plants and trees organized in alphabetical order and arranged into different “neighborhoods” based on their names in the Korean alphabet. And there’s an educational aspect to the project as well: each plant will be labeled, and ideally, pedestrians will be able to learn about the different types of plants from South Korea on their walk across the pathway.”

PlantSnap: PlantSnap is a mobile app that helps you identify plants, flowers and trees. Simply snap a photo of the plant, and PlantSnap tells you what it is! Currently in beta, this app plans to launch this spring.

“The great bee bumble: Cheerios wanted to help. Its plan went terribly wrong: Cheerios, owned by General Mills, stuck 1.5 billion packaged wildflower seeds in boxes so that patrons could plant them. It was part of the company’s Bring Back the Bees campaign, complete with its own hashtag, which sought to create habitat that bees are losing to development, farms and insecticides. But some of the seeds on the list are invasive species that kill native plants and take over the places where they grow.”

“Fountain Valley adopts a plan, with color-coded threat level, for dealing with coyotes: Fountain Valley now has a road map for dealing with coyotes. The Coyote Management Plan acknowledges that the animals are California natives that have long roamed the area and are an important part of the natural balance, but that they are also clever and adaptable and can cause problems in the human world.”