Photo: Volunteers with GRID Alternative install a solar panel on a home in Long Beach. (Avishay Artsy)
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Solar panels are appearing on roofs all over the Southland. But who is installing them? DnA producer Avishay Artsy attended a solar panel installation at the home of a low-income family in Long Beach. A group called GRID Alternatives teaches volunteers how to install solar panels with a view to getting them industry jobs later. It's part of our series "Modern Trades" which looks at the changing nature of manufacturing and construction jobs, bringing together traditional skills with new technology.
Avishay Artsy, Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture (@heyavishay)
Jonathan Monge, GRID Alternatives (@GRID)
Adewale OgunBadejo, GRID Alternatives (@GRID)
Diana Adams, GRID Alternatives (@GRID)
Jose Ramos, GRID Alternatives (@GRID)
The Southland is going through transformation, and trauma -- depending on your perspective -- as tall, dense towers burst onto our mostly low-rise cityscape, from downtown to Santa Monica. And they are changing the narrative about home that has shaped LA to itself and the world. That's a narrative that's been explored by landscape designer, teacher and writer, Wade Graham. In his latest book, Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World, Graham writes about building types -- and their charismatic creators -- that have defined cities globally: among the seven are pseudo- rural "homesteads," "monuments" and "malls;" also "castles" and "slabs."
Are Los Angeles interiors different from elsewhere? Yes, says design writer Anthony Iannacci, describing why he chose a diverse group of homes, from Malibu to Silver Lake, for his new book Hollywood Interiors: Style and Design in Los Angeles," and what's in store for the LA interior as more people live up in the air.
Anthony Iannacci, Architecture/Interiors Press
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