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Recent shootings in Paris, Colorado and San Bernardino have added to growing jitters about random attacks in regular gathering places. Will this impact the design of public space? DnA gets answers from three urban planners.

El Niño is coming but will we save the rain? Maybe not this year. But cities and water agencies across the region are looking at ways to become water self-sufficient -- with homeowners playing a part. From mandatory water cisterns to enlarging spreading grounds and paving streets with "thirsty concrete," engineers, city managers and activists walk us through a transformation in water management.

Photo: Bioswale at the LA Zoo, courtesy of City Engineer at the City of Los Angeles

Will Fear of Random Attack Affect the Design of Public Space? 10 MIN, 9 SEC

Random shootings in public places are causing Americans to grow increasingly anxious about dropping their kids off at school, going to the movies and other normal daily activities.

What does this mean -- if anything -- for our public spaces? Do architecture, planning and technology have a role to play in accommodating these fears?

We asked three people expert in urban planning and got the following answers.

Susan Silberberg, Civic Moxie / MIT (@SusanSilberberg)
Wade Graham, Pepperdine University (@wadelgraham)
Doug Suisman, urban designer

Readers share their fears of random shooting with the New York Times
Silberberg on how fears of terrorism are transforming public space

Can the Southland Become Water Self-Sufficient? 16 MIN, 58 SEC

LA exists thanks to imported water. But does it have to? From underground cisterns and "thirsty concrete" to expanding spreading grounds, Southland cities and water agencies are working their way towards "water self-sufficiency" -- with home owners becoming participants in management of our water.


Pico Library water cistern
Photos by Avishay Artsy

Art Castro, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Deborah Weintraub, Office of the Los Angeles City Engineer
Matt Petersen, City of Los Angeles (@mattspete)
Gary Lee Moore, Office of the City Engineer for the City of Los Angeles
Hank Koning, KoningEizenberg
Dean Kubani, City of Santa Monica
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople (@treepeople_org)
Marty Adams, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

DnA on Pico Library's public education about its water cistern
DnA talks to Matt Petersen about why cities are so central to climate change
Surf Santa Monica follows Santa Monica's efforts to become water self-sufficient
LA Times editorial on the need for a water bond to pay for reducing imported water

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