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Dumpsters on Parade gives trash bins an artistic new look in Huntington Beach

A shark furiously tries to free itself from a net as trash is strewn about the ocean floor and two young children do their...

A Street Art Fair Is Coming to Brooklyn for Frieze Week This Spring

Moniker International Art—the eight-year-old UK fair devoted to urban and street art—is coming to New York this spring. It is the latest addition to...

The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

When summer heat kicks in, rely on these drought-tolerant plants to hold their own -- and still look beautiful.

L.A.’s historic assets get a groundbreaking boost – Los Angeles Times

Source: L.A.’s historic assets get a groundbreaking boost – Los Angeles Times

Project AWARE

Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

MVVA Parks are founded on the idea of the commons—democratic, inclusive open spaces that anchor neighborhoods and serve as focal points in the daily...

Diana Balmori

The New York landscape designer is devising smarter and more responsive city parks. In the face of climate change, cities worldwide are considering ways to...

Nazarian family donates $17 million to CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center

In the 1940s, many years before he fled the Iranian Revolution and became a rich man in America, Younes Nazarian was a boy from...

Eric Garcetti State of the City Address

Garcetti spoke in the Los Angeles City Council chambers, where he announced plans to dedicate $176 million to fight homelessness as part of his...

Eli Broad’s Museum Is the Buyer of the Record-Setting $12 Million Mark Bradford Painting

The billionaire collector and philanthropist Eli Broad has turned out to be the buyer of Mark Bradford‘s monumental painting Helter Skelter I (2007), which set a...

Richard Rogers: “When public space is eroded, our civic culture suffers, even our democracy.”

The chair of the first RIBA International Prize grand jury, renowned British architect and Pritzker Prize winner Richard Rogers, joins CNN Style as guest editor...

Atlanta’s Schoolyards to Become After-Hours Green Space – Next City

A new partnership will open up school green space on evenings and weekends so that neighbors have a place to play. Source: Atlanta’s Schoolyards to...

Banksy offers free art to people who vote against the Tories

The artist posted on his website asking voters in six Bristol-area constituencies to send him a photo of their ballot paper showing that they...

Winter Rains Bring Attention to Los Angeles River

It’s time for spring-cleaning in Los Angeles.Usually that term relates to housekeeping: throwing away unwanted items, organizing closets, and washing places that have become...

An illustrated guide to Southern California’s desert plants

This land is anything but barren. The arid biome boasts some of the most unique flora on Earth. For example—did you know that cactuses...

‘This Is Absolutely the Right Moment’: At Frieze’s ‘Social Work’ Section, Overlooked Women Artists Get Their Due

South African artist Berni Searle’s installation for Frieze London involved getting naked and working with flour, leaving her signature bodily traces on the floor. When she...

Today’s Top Entertainers Reflect on How Arts Education Put Them on the Path to Stardom

Seven prominent entertainers, from actors to athletes, share the difference arts eduction made in their lives and careers—and why it's more important than ever.Anthony...

With Hahn and Barger elected as L.A. County supervisors, board will see its first female majority

Even in a state known for its diversity and progressive culture, women remain seriously underrepresented in California’s state and local government.The 15-member Los Angeles...

LA River to get $200,000 makeover, thanks to new award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced a $200,000 award for the Trust for Public Land to create a redevelopment strategy for the Los...

Across L.A., murals are a testament to Nipsey Hussle’s legacy – Los Angeles Times

In alleys, along busy highways, on billboards and outside businesses, murals and street art memorializing the slain rapper color the city. Source: Across L.A., murals...

My Figueroa project

Looking at the renderings of My Figueroa — the city’s first “complete street” designed to equally accommodate drivers, bikers, bus riders and pedestrians —...

The Vertical Farm Project

By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends,...

Storm King

Widely celebrated as one of the world's leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years....

How Columbus Is Rethinking Its Approach To Public Art

High Street, especially around the Short North, has long operated as the center of Columbus’ arts and culture scene. As part of the city’s...

Exploring the Ocean’s by Remote Control – The New Yorker

THANKS TO R.O.V.S, ANYONE ON A SHIP—NOT JUST THE SCIENTISTS INSIDE A SUBMERSIBLE—CAN PARTICIPATE IN DEEP-SEA EXPLORATION.  Source: Exploring the Ocean’s by Remote Control -...

Kerry James Marshall’s paintings insist on black self-representation

In 1951, a controversial Jackson Pollock exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York featured paintings made by pouring only black enamel on white cotton...

Stuart Hall and the Rise of Cultural Studies

In the summer of 1983, the Jamaican scholar Stuart Hall, who lived and taught in England, travelled to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,...

As the Planet Warms, Who Should Get to Drive?

A new study calls for "universal auto access" as a way to help address economic disparities. David Zalubowski/AP A new study argues that “universal...

Legacy projects take shape honoring Lewis MacAdams, poet and crusader for transforming Los Angeles River

On an early Monday morning, Lewis MacAdams plunged into work on a memoir recounting his years spent crusading to return the concrete-lined Los Angeles...

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