rooftop garden LA

edited by Jodi Summers Located atop the Flat, a downtown Los Angeles mid-rise building, grows a self-sufficient ecosystem that offers a myriad of environmental benefits. Named SYNTHe, this urban rooftop garden prototype designed by SCI-arc professor and architect Alexis Rochas. It grows a variety of edible plants through an active collaboration between students, faculty, and […]

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by Jodi Summers Environmentally savvy? Are you willing to join the Tiny Home movement? The Tiny Home trend is a social movement where people choose to downsize their living space. You’ll never misplace things again. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and […]

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by Jodi Summers The green, green land of West Hollywood is the place in LA to invest right now. In the first quarter of 2016, WeHo is seeing lower per-square-foot sale prices and asking rents than 1Q 2015. Sunset Blvd….Santa Monica Blvd. > West Hollywood benefits from a very dense, compact urban form with small […]

Mansion in the Inglewood Oilfields

by Jodi Summers The Inglewood Oil Fields, are part of the Southern California fabric. Oil has been part of the local color as far back as 1543, when Native Southern Californians used tar for decorating and to waterproof canes and baskets. During the Gold Rush years prior to statehood, travelers moving along a popular route […]

The logo of US Bank is seen atop the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles

by Jodi Summers The history of skyscrapers in Los Angeles began with the 1903 completion of the Braly Building, which is often regarded as the first high-rise in the city; rising 13 floors and 151 feet (46 m) in height. Now, Los Angeles is the site of more than 25 skyscrapers at least 492 feet […]

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by Jodi Summers Greening units for Baby Boomers simpler than greening space for Millennials. In the 60+ crowd, green means more efficient. As boomers approach retirement, many are looking to make smart financial moves, so it’s not just a matter of green living, it’s about and being more efficient with the use of their dollars. […]