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Could Evaporating Water Be the Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy?

Each day, our Sun pours its energy down onto the Earth’s surface, turning vast expanses of open water into vapor. New research shows the...

Romero Britto

Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. Self-taught at an early age, he painted on surfaces such as newspapers. In 1983, he...

Design for Dignity

WHAT I HEARD at DESIGN FOR DIGNITY On July 14th, we were delighted to have to have a diverse array of community leaders and housing...

Veteran’ Gardens

Veterans’ Gardens: re-imagines the most dilapidated area of the Pacific Palisades Park.

El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion across California’s coast

El Niño may not have brought much rain to Southern California, but it did take its toll on the Golden State’s beaches.A new study...

This Artist Took 4,000 Portraits to Show the Range of Human Skin Color—and the Results Exceeded the Pantone Library

How many colors are there in the human rainbow? By Angélica Dass’s count, at least 4,000. Since 2012, the Brazilian artist has been photographing...

An Argentine Artist Has Created a Fun New Sport That’s Played With Absolutely Gigantic Balls

Art Basel Cities Buenos Aires isn’t the only show in town. The Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich has created an interactive installation on a gigantic scale...

Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs,...

L.A.’s new tallest building is poised to become a lightsaber with massive LED displays

Nearly a fifth of a mile up in the sky atop Los Angeles’ tallest building, two massive LED displays — each 42 by 60...

The Well-Tempered City and the Future of Urban Life

As the 21st century progresses, metropolitan regions will increasingly be affected by a series of global megatrends: climate change with attendant droughts and heat...

Right-wing protesters disrupt unveiling of Syrian artist’s installation in Dresden

Three wrecked buses turned vertically in front of Dresden’s Frauenkirche, an installation intended as a “Monument” to the people of Aleppo by the Syrian-German...

What is that big chain by the L.A. River? [updated]

GLASSELL PARK —  It’s a puzzling sight. A large chain that hangs about 50-feet across a row of headless palm tree trunks standing next to...

Urban Agriculture – Community Gardening

Washington State's fantastic lists of links to resources for Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening. Includes School Gardens, Zoning and Policy, Community Gardens and Youth,...

LA County Arts Commission

Source: LA County Arts Commission

Marciano Art Foundation’s new museum in L.A. will open this spring

After years of buzz, the Marciano Art Foundation’s new museum in Los Angeles is getting closer to an opening date. Starting in spring of...

A California farmer tries to hold on despite looming water cuts

A longtime farmer hopes to save his Borrego Springs citrus orchard, even as its declining aquifer forces major cuts in groundwater pumping. Source: A California...

AltaSea & SpaceX Making Port of LA an Innovation District

In May, Councilmember Joe Buscaino delivered his annual State of the District speech at a newly re-purposed 1914 port warehouse at AltaSea. AltaSea is the...

Trump’s border wall through the eyes of an architecture critic

We were driving east out of Otay Mesa when my phone buzzed with a text message from T-Mobile. “Welcome to Mexico!” it read. I...

The top 10 art museum exhibitions of 2016, plus the worst trend of the year

 chronological order of their opening, these were the 10 most engaging art museum exhibitions that I saw this year within L.A.’s immediate orbit. Three...

In ‘The Hubble Cantata,’ opera blasts into the world of virtual reality

When 6,000 of her fellow audience members placed cardboard goggles on their faces to watch her five-minute virtual reality film, “Fistful of Stars,” Eliza...

Social Enterprise Alliance / Los Angeles

What is a social enterprise?A social enterprise is an organization (for-profit or nonprofit) that uses earned income strategies (quid pro quo) to pursue a...

Studio for Southern California History

Because my history matters.... The Studio for Southern California History seeks to critically chronicle Southern California history from a social and cultural perspective. By examining...

Britain’s Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

Northern England is set to get a whole lot greener. On Sunday, the U.K. government unveiled plans for a vast new forest spanning the country...

5 Things To Do and See Around L.A.

 UCLA Department of Art Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing Silke Otto-Knapp’s work has been exhibited all over the world including in recent solo...

Where Westerners Agree and Disagree on Key Water Issues

A new poll commissioned by the Water Foundation looks at the views of residents of 12 Western states on a range of water issues,...

Call for Artist Proposals

t’s happening again! Every year our Art + Technology Lab releases a call for proposals for artist projects. Learn more about the 2018 RFP. Applications...

From anti-flood measures to ecology, see what the L.A. Bureau of Engineering has in store for the L.A. River

Gary Lee Moore is the city engineer with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, one of the many organizations and agencies involved in the...

The last artists’ haven in Los Angeles

It’s a Saturday afternoon in early October and a group of twentysomethings has gathered for a party in the middle of the desert. Two...

Beautify Education – Beautify Earth

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‘Water & Power: A California Heist’: Film Review | Sundance 2017

Director Marina Zenovich shifts gears from Roman Polanski and Richard Pryor to public water rights in her new doc.Documentarian Marina Zenovich, whose most prominent...

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