Aside from water, the L.A. River and Malibu’s beaches at first glance don’t have much in common. But look closer, and you’ll find they are two of L.A.’s most underutilized public spaces. We explore both places and how Angelenos are reclaiming them via recreation.
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Starting July 1st, builders, developers, architects, and mechanical engineers are going to have to design buildings to meet new California Building Energy Efficiency Standards, a tightening up of Title 24.
But in the days leading up to the new rules, designers and their clients have rushed to file projects with planning departments.
Why? And what do these new standards mean for buildings and their occupants? We talk to Julian Parsley of Buro Happold.
Julian Parsley, Buro Happold
Mia Lehrer is a landscape architect who has worked on various projects in L.A. including Dodger Stadium, the L.A. River, Annenberg Beach House and others. She talks about what we can expect to see change at the L.A. River.
Jenny Price is an activist, historian, and environmentalist who developed an app with designer Ben Adair called ‘Our Malibu Beaches’ that allows users to see where they can access Malibu’s coastline. She’s also launching an initiative this September called ‘Project 51’ that is aimed at bringing the public to all 51 miles of the L.A. River. She talks about why she thinks the L.A. River and Malibu are two of L.A.’s great public spaces.
DnA’s Caroline Chamberlain attended the first official L.A. River campout last month. Organized by the arts nonprofit Clockshop, California State Parks and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, it turned out to be a gathering of some of the river’s biggest fans.
But what is it like to camp on a concrete river that lies adjacent to freeways, train tracks and a high school?
Everything Talks is a series created for DnA by comedy writer Tom Saunders in which we learn what our objects really think.
This week, as L.A.’s ban on single-use plastic bags expands to smaller grocery stores, a rivalry heats up between a reusable bag and a paper bag over consumers’ affections.
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