Biophilic Design Makes Buildings A Much Better Place To Live

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Biophilia is a study of human connection to nature. We see neuroscientists, psychologists, evolutionary biologists and number of others loing at how people respond psychologically and physiologically to experiences of nature. Those experiences frequently translate to lower stress level, which you can see through heart rate and blood pressure and number of other indicators. Another outcome of experiencing nature is improved cognitive function. In Japan the research is called forest bathing “Shinrin-Yu”. They would give people stressful situation and then put them into a forest to see what happens to the heart rate and the blood pressure. They also measure…

The Future of Infrastructure in Los Angeles

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Some of the key observations of the report are: Los Angels ranks third out of four U.S. major cities for public transport use. Only 20% use public transport while 74% rely on private transport. Residents of L.A. consume less electricity per person than in the other U.S. cities and wealthier global cities. Electricity in L.A. is some of the greenest in the world. Air quality in L.A. is the worst amongst U.S. cities, but better than in international megacities.

Centerwalk Community Design Aims To Revolutionize Cities

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To add a little detail on the Centerwalk concept; in most suburban areas people drive their car right into their own garage, but in a high-rise you don’t drive you car to a condo, you drive into a garage. You get out of you car, you go to the elevator and you go to your condo. If you can imagine that high-rise “laid onto its side” where you park your car at the edge and you can either walk or jump into a “robot mover” unit – that thing zips you right to the back of your apartment in just…

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100% Renewable Energy Goal Is What Cities Need

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Now that the other two big California cities, San Diego and San Francisco, seem poised to implement official 100% renewable energy goals, the City of Los Angeles will have even encouragement to think about taking the leap. The fact that many major non-profits have also recently jumped on board to call for 100% renewable energy, and that a rapidly growing number of major businesses, cities, and even states like Hawaii are setting 100% renewable electricity targets, will add to the push. Remember that just a short time ago, the idea of 100% renewable energy was way outside any mainstream thinking…

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Los Angeles Leading The Market On Water Conservation

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There is a very accelerated effort to capture water, not only at the large storm water catch basins that we have but also to try to do smaller capture projects. There are only so many big storm rains, there is only so much public property. What we need to do now is to try to catch smaller rains and water flowing down on the side of the streets. We need to do things like bioswales, green streets, places where water can percolate into the ground.

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