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NexLoop unveils water management system inspired by spiders, fungi, bees and plants: “In its quest to sustainably serve the needs of urban farmers, NexLoop found inspiration for its water management system in the natural world. Seeking to create a system that is self-sufficient and adaptable to local needs, the NexLoop team observed the ability of cribellate orb weaver spiders to craft webs that capture water from fog in the air.”

LA is saving storm water instead of getting rid of it:  “The first major storm of the season dumped about two inches of water, but rain in Southern California is a mixed blessing. Prompting mudslides and debris flows, this week’s rains have claimed at least 15 lives, swept away homes and closed major roadways.”

Top Ten Places to Trace the Remains of Pasadena’s Busch Gardens: “Whether it’s the lavish and pristine Huntington Gardens or the exotic and wild Descanso Gardens, southern California has managed to preserve many parcels of significant horticultural history. Unfortunately, we’ve also managed to lose one of the crown jewels of those early private gardens that eventually became public: Busch Gardens in Pasadena.”

These Sneakers Are Your Free Transit Pass: “Starting January 16, Berlin transit authority BVG will release its own limited edition line of sneakers, a project that’s the first of its kind anywhere in the world. A collaboration with Adidas Originals, the sneakers’ tie-in with the subway will be immediately apparent to any Berliner: the heel counters feature the unmistakable seat upholstery pattern featured on the city’s public transit fleet.”

LA’s Grand Central Market: A complete guide: “It is a vibrant and thriving community of multicultural stands and food stops, with 37 vendors in total. Flashy new food halls are marching into Los Angeles, but none can compete with the enduring Grand Central Market. Even after all these years, the lunch hour is so popular, it can be hard to find a seat. Below is a guide filled with insider knowhow and fascinating tidbits; it’s everything you need to know to make the most of your food hall experience.”


In the Gutter | Amplified Urbanism by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Join us for a discussion and book launch celebrating Amplified Urbanism, a new publication by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects. Amplified Urbanism situates O’Herlihy’s work within the larger urban consequence of Los Angeles, and features essays by critics and journalists who examine the city in the broadest sense via infrastructure, ecology, and civic engagement. The panel of guests will include two of the publication’s contributing authors, Judith Lewis Mernit and Greg Goldin; architect Lorcan O’Herlihy FAIA; and Kevin Keller, Deputy Director of City Planning for the City of Los Angeles.
When: April 29th, 3pm–5pm
Where: SL11024 Apartments, 11024 Strathmore Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024

10 Bridges Downtown – A Walk in Four Parts
Led by Bob Inman, author of Finding Los Angeles by Foot and borrowing (with permission) from the genius of Dan Koeppel: an open call to walk together the “true” 10 Bridges route, a mostly flat route across Los Angeles infrastructure. Note: this type of urban hiking is not for the casual stroller, but there is no charge, no ticket and no requirement to reserve.
When: April 30th, 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Where: Metro-Lincoln & Cypress, 370 W Avenue 26, Los Angeles, California 90031

Back to Our Roots – Food and Identity: A Night of Conversation
Food is a powerful way to explore ideas around identity, authenticity, and power of any city, especially one as diverse as Los Angeles. Featuring food writers and chefs from restaurants Good Girl Dinette, Chengdu Taste, Cassia, and more, “Back to Our Roots” offers insightful conversations and dialogue around food, culture, and authenticity.
When: April 24th, 7:00 PM
Where: Pico House, 424 N. Main St. | Los Angeles, CA 90012

“Oracle tackle the effects of organizational frameworks on global events and private individuals. Some works in the installation symbolize marketplace machinations, both official and unofficial, while others are meditations on games, surveillance, vast data sets, mathematical and biological patterns, and even the logic of art itself. Just under the surface of the works in Oracle is an air of anxiety, as if individuals’ freedoms within these manmade phenomena are illusory or beyond reach.”
When: Opening April 29th
Where: The Broad, 221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Taste of the Eastside
Taste of the Eastside is a food+drink festival that showcases the evolving and diverse food scene of the eastside neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater and beyond. With over two dozen restaurants from the evolving and diverse food scene of the eastside neighborhoods, each restaurant or chef will showcase a signature dish or creates something unique just for the event.
When: April 30th, 4:00-8:00 PM
Where: Los Angeles River Center & Gardens

The Quest To Grow Cities From Scratch: “The prospect of building cities out of materials that can grow, self-heal, and adapt to changing circumstances on their own is near the point of becoming a reality, according to some working in the field. Eben Bayer, founder of the biomaterials startup Ecovative, predicts it will happen before 2050.”

City infrastructure could turn Los Angeles into a pedestrian paradise: “If Los Angeles wants to get serious about the street safety of Angelenos, it needs to rework the walkability of its streets. Right now, streets in Los Angeles are clearly utilized with the driver in mind. For example, the majority of space on almost every street is allocated to cars, while pedestrians are confined to small slivers of sidewalk space. While this is how we are conditioned to think of streets, this does not have to be the case.”

For Urban Transit, a Hostile Budget: “The budget proposes “funding to projects with existing full funding grant agreements only.” That means Boston’s Green Line extension and the Portland-Milwaukee light rail project in Oregon would be safe, among others. But some of the most “shovel-ready projects” in the country, to use a Trump team-favored phrase, don’t have a full agreement in place, including Caltrain’s electrification project. Dozens of projects would be in limbo, among them several metros that passed major transit referenda in November, including Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Seattle. ”

I’m 35 and I love gardening. Deal with it: “Gardening is many things: beautiful, meditative, healthy, exciting, rewarding and creative. However, I often feel as if gardening is not particularly popular among my peers. It seems to come down to one thing: age. I’m 35 years old and I’m passionate about gardening.”

The Crushing Defeat of Measure S Is a Defining Moment for L.A.: “The election this week revolved, in so many ways, around development. There was Measure S, the controversial anti-development ballot measure, but also the mayor and City Council races, in which the incumbents were attacked, time and again, for allowing density in L.A. It’s no exaggeration to say the election was a referendum on development, on density, on urbanization. And density won.”


AHBE Landscape Architects is collaborating with Cal Poly Pomona landscape architecture students on a coastal resiliency design studio with Professor Barry Lehrman and his fourth-year undergraduate students. AHBE Lab will be highlighting selections of the student’s work nearly every Wednesday for the next several weeks. The project site is the coastline from the Port of Long Beach to Anaheim Bay. Students are in their third week of class (field-trip week) and this week they will be meeting with Dr. Christine Whitcraft of Cal State Long Beach Wetlands Ecology Lab; Carrie Metzgar and Larry Rich from the City of Long Beach’s Office of Sustainability in addition to exploring areas around the Long Beach waterfront.