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John Lautner: L.A. Quintessential

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California's archetypal mid-century architect turns 100

It's hard to imagine a Los Angeles without the daring modernism of John Lautner. The Michigan-born, Frank Lloyd Wright-trained architect created iconic buildings — such as the visionary Chemosphere Residence (1960) and the panoramic Silvertop Residence (1963-67) — that have helped define the city's built environment. Futuristic, cinematic, and sexy......read more

A Sleekly Sustainable Prefab in the Californian Desert

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Green ideas permeate elegant, modernist Desert House

The design practice of Los Angeles architects Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, founders of Marmol Radziner and Associates, extends well beyond buildings and into jewelry and furniture. Whatever the project, green ideas reign supreme. The duo's prefab design and manufacturing business is but another example. The prefab operation launched with this vacation home prototype -- owned by Marmol and his......read more

Foraging Local Loquats in L.A.

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Seasonal delight provides easy pickings for California fruit hunters.

If you don't live in southern California, you'd be forgiven for not knowing what a loquat is. Hell, a lot of Los Angeleans don't even know. That's because the fuzzy orange fruit that grows all over the city is largely ignored in kitchens — and entirely ignored commercially. Well it's time to put a stop to loquat neglect. Boasting a sweet-tart flavor that falls somewhere between an apricot......read more

Simplifying Electronics Recycling

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California company launches e-waste recycling network.

Electronics are the fastest-growing waste stream in the country, and only 15% of American e-waste gets recycled. The Los Angeles Times reports on a California company looking to do something to deal with it. This week, ECS Refining is launching ecollective — a network of drop-off points to recycle electronics for free. Californians can get in on the action by visiting the website and......read more

California to Revisit Bioenergy

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Trash-to-energy projects gain support on the West Coast.

Twenty years ago, California had the world's most advanced biorefinery. The Long Beach facility churned out more megawatts than any other on the planet. Not so today. The technology has fallen well behind the global standard. A biorefinery is essentially a plant that turns trash into energy. At a bioenergy plant, garbage gets incinerated, creating steam that powers turbines and makes......read more

Massive Solar Thermal Farm Approved

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Mojave Desert facility will be California's first solar thermal project in two decades.

The California Energy Commission has approved the Beacon Solar Energy project in the Mojave Desert, making it the first solar thermal farm regulators have permitted in twenty years. The $1 billion, 250-megawatt facility will be built and managed by NextEra Energy Resources. The Beacon project covers over 2,000 acres of private land in Kern County, California, where long rows of curved mirrors......read more

Ars Natura: Adam Wolpert

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New abstract paintings by California artist/environmentalist capture power and mystery of natural world.

Many years ago I visited a magical place in northern California called the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. It was founded in the 70’s as a think tank for environmental innovation (cum heirloom seed bank) and one of its founding directives was to promote the arts as a means for exploring the natural world and visioning a sustainable future for humankind in which prosperity and......read more

James Hetfield Makes Public Land Donation

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Metallica frontman gives 330 acres to California county in exchange for more privacy

In California, the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted a donation of 330 acres of Lucas Valley farmland from Metallica's James Hetfield. The land, which sits around the singer's property, is to be preserved as open space. It follows an earlier gift by Hetfield of 400 acres. County officials say they are close to a deal with Hetfield that would reroute a hiking trail......read more

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