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Reimagined: Synthesized Soundscapes of California: “I visited the region from September through October 2014, on a soundscape ecology project purposed to create a sonic profile of California parks, their biophonies and geophonies.To my surprise, every park I visited was a ghost world. Many of the famous forests – Yosemite, Sequoia, Big Sur – were either scorched by wildfires or parched bone dry by the drought. I found no predominant biophonic activity. Throughout over 30 excursions into the wilderness, I was mostly only ever able to capture geophonic sounds – wind, small brooks, trees creaking, rain.


7 ugly urban underpasses now functioning as public parks: “Elevated highways and rail lines were long overdue for a makeover. While freeway cap parks—or removing freeways entirely—have become increasingly popular to reunite cities fragmented by urban highways, capping isn’t always feasible. Instead, many cities are turning transit underpasses into public parks, replacing trash, overgrown weeds, and dark passageways with art installations, funky lights, and pedestrian thoroughfares.”


"Artist Lauren Bon wants to create a new imaginative delta, where the wastewater that normally runs out to the Pacific Ocean will go back into the city, modeling a new way for L.A. to imagine managing its water more sustainably."

“Artist Lauren Bon wants to create a new imaginative delta, where the wastewater that normally runs out to the Pacific Ocean will go back into the city, modeling a new way for L.A. to imagine managing its water more sustainably.”

Artist Lauren Bon reimagines the L.A. Aqueduct: “Bon wants to ‘bend the river back into the city’ with La Noria, a grand piece of art that she sometimes calls ‘a device of wonder’ and at other times ‘avant-garde nostalgia.’ In the process, she has shaped her artistic practice to shake the foundation of L.A.’s relationship with the river and water by demystifying the Los Angeles Aqueduct, acquiring the first individual water right on the river in more than a century, and soon, penetrating the river’s concrete channel to reestablish a connection between the city and its source.”

Industrial scars: The environmental cost of consumption – in pictures: “Environmental artist J Henry Fair captures the beauty and destruction of industrial sites to illustrate the hidden impacts of the things we buy – the polluted air, destroyed habitats and the invisible carbon heating the planet.”

BIOVESSEL an Ecosystem Powered By Food Waste: “An indoor ecosystem that decomposes food waste the natural way. The significant elements to replicating a natural environment for decaying are earthworms and soil. The crawling creatures break down the food into miniature pieces which get mixed in the soil, dispersing the nutrients from the food waste.”

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here: “Amazingly, Israel has more water than it needs. The turnaround started in 2007, when low-flow toilets and showerheads were installed nationwide and the national water authority built innovative water treatment systems that recapture 86 percent of the water that goes down the drain and use it for irrigation — vastly more than the second-most-efficient country in the world, Spain, which recycles 19 percent.”

2016 Los Angeles Voter Guide: Because we know we all need a little more information – “A breakdown of important neighborhood issues appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot”


This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California’s Water Shortages: “Most recently, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) asked architects, artists and scientists to conceive sustainable infrastructure projects to improve Santa Monica’s water supply. The competition’s 4th-prize-winning team Bart//Bratke and studioDE developed a raft structure named “Foram” that illustrates the future of floating platforms in sustainable development.”

The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web: “The revelation of the Wood Wide Web’s existence, and the increased understanding of its functions, raises big questions—about where species begin and end; about whether a forest might be better imagined as a single superorganism, rather than a grouping of independent individualistic ones; and about what trading, sharing, or even friendship might mean among plants.”

Tujunga spreading grounds water project is launched: “Tujunga Spreading Grounds, a 150-acre tract of porous soil in the northeast San Fernando Valley, captures stormwater and allows the water to filter into a vast aquifer.”

One Step Closer to Walking and Biking from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley: “…the Mayor’s office has announced the selection of a design team that is tasked to figure out how to complete the Los Angeles River Valley Bike Path from Vanalden Avenue in Canoga Park to Forest Lawn Drive by Griffith Park. The Mayor’s Office has stated “once completed, the greenway will make it possible for Angelenos to walk and bike from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley.”

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California: “Designs like The Pipe demonstrate how the provision of public services like these can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. A finalist of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the solar-powered plant deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city and filters the resulting brine through on-board thermal baths before it is reintroduced to the Pacific Ocean.”

The Story of Place: “The Story of Place is a short film that takes us deep into the unprotected territory of the Greater Canyonlands region alongside Craig Childs, Ace Kvale and Jim Enote, who narrate the story of this grand landscape, how it has shaped each and every one of us. This region of southeastern Utah is a veritable well of human spirit, an endless supply of recreation, solitude, wonder and history. This place and its story are irreplaceable. This land is worth protecting.”

A Coloring Book for the Map-Obsessed: The adult coloring book fad is not allowed to be dead, not until you’ve gotten your hands on Gretchen Peterson’s delightful little project, City Maps. (And actually, the trend seems to show no signs of abating, if the global colored pencil shortage is any indication.)

Come July, the L.A. River Will Become a Public Art Museum: “Mayor Garcetti announced the roster of artists that have been tapped to create work for Current:LA Water, the city’s first ever public art biennial. As it’s explained concisely on the organization’s website, the project will stage “large-scale art commissions next to bodies of water, both man-made and natural, including some alongside the Los Angeles River as a way to support the city’s broad and long-term goal of creating the river as a rehabilitated public corridor for art, culture and community engagement.”

The Lousy Urban Design Of America’s Most Innovative Companies: “Today’s tech campuses, which The New York Times describes as “the triumph of privatized commons, of a verdant natural world sheltered for the few,” are no better, having done nothing to disrupt the isolated, anti-urban landscape favored by mid-century corporations.”

What the World Would Look Like If Humans Hadn’t Killed All the Animals: “In a recent interview, Faurby told me that his paper, published in Diversity and Distributions, affirmatively “showed that the results strongly suspect a human causation of the extinction of the megafauna. As part of this paper me and [co-author] Jens-Christian Svenning attempted to figure out where these extinct species would have been today if they did not go extinct.”