This sculptural home takes cues from the sloping Hollywood Hills landscape

October 12, 2018 by  
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Tucked inside a quiet and wooded site of Nichols Canyon is the Hollywood Hills House, a sculptural home that boasts cutting-edge green technologies and materials. Los Angeles-based design practice Tighe Architecture crafted the home for a musician and took inspiration from the terrain to form the curvaceous, multi-story dwelling. Spanning an area of 5,200 square feet, the home is faced with an abundance of full-height glazing that creates a seamless connection between the indoors and out. Although the Hollywood Hills House is located less than a 10-minute drive from the bustling Hollywood Boulevard, the home feels a world away in its secluded plot surrounded by mature pines, eucalyptus and indigenous plants . The multifaceted building was optimally placed to make the most of its landscape views and to protect against unwanted solar gain. Set on a solid base of board-formed concrete walls, the home’s upper levels appear to float in comparison because of its curved lines, walls of glass and plastered exterior. The main living areas, kitchen and dining room are located on the first floor and open up to views of the landscape through floor-to-ceiling glass. The master suite and two additional bedrooms can be found on the top floor, while the basement consists of a music studio, laundry room, storage and the garage. A swimming pool has been installed in the backyard. “The floating mass is shaped by the constraints of the site and a series of openings that frame specific views,” the studio noted. Related: Richard Neutra’s mid-century Hailey Residence is an exercise in compact space design The client’s request for a sustainable home directed the adoption of passive solar principles in the design process. The home is optimized for natural ventilation and lighting, yet also includes a solar photovoltaic system and a solar hydronic system for heating water. The existing native landscape has been supplemented with a drought-tolerant native planting plan. + Tighe Architecture Via Dezeen Images by Antonio Follo

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Canadian island invites American immigrants escaping a Donald Trump presidency

August 9, 2016 by  
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“Is this for real? Yes. Is this a joke? No.” Cape Breton Island is serious about taking in American immigrants if Donald Trump wins the presidential election. All political ideologies are accepted on the northeastern Nova Scotia island, and – if Trump does win – may create an opportunity for the coastal region to build their population – instead of a wall. The Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins website, created by a local DJ, touts all of the finer features of the island, including warm summers, rich cultural diversity, and North America’s first carbon neutral university campus. According to CNN , the “Trump Bump”  surge of interest in the island has resulted in at least one tourism association reporting increases in vacation bookings between 20 and 200 percent. Related: Someone built a tiny wall around Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star “We are experiencing a bit of a population problem at the moment,” says the website. “We need people. We need you!” Cape Breton is about twice as big as Delaware and working to rebuild its coal mining heyday with the tourism industry. What seems to have started as a joke has morphed into a growing economy, thanks to those looking to escape either the 9 to 5 grind or a climate change-denying , immigrant-alienating, narcissistic, talking traffic cone hellbent on initiating the end of days. Via  CNN Images via Flickr , Wikipedia

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Stunning corten-clad California home built for efficiency and flexibility

August 1, 2016 by  
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441 Tamalpais sits at the end of a road in a serene hillside location close to hiking trails and nature. The family home enjoys an abundance of natural light thanks to large glazed sliding doors that minimize the need for artificial lighting, and the open-plan layout provides flexibility as the family matures. Related: Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning Every room of the terraced home has a strong connection to the surroundings and features a shaded deck made from recycled bamboo flooring. The home is equipped with a 10Kw solar photovoltaic system, which provides energy for a hyper-efficient mini-split heat pump heating and air conditioning, as well as an automatic Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV) that operates around the clock. The home was designed to be virtually maintenance free with long-lasting materials that also age beautifully, including the rusty corten steel facade. + Zack De Vito Via Arch Daily Images via  Bruce Damonte

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Tesla and SolarCity just agreed on a $2.6 billion merger

August 1, 2016 by  
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Elon Musk announced back in June that Tesla wished to purchase solar power company SolarCity . Now the world is one step closer to the clean energy super company that could result from such a merger. Today in a blog post , Tesla announced the two companies have come to an agreement: a hefty “all-stock transaction with an equity value of $2.6 billion.” With SolarCity’s focus on renewable energy , and Tesla’s focus on storage, Musk apparently believes now is the perfect time to combine the two companies, especially as Tesla aims to grow its Powerwall product. In Elon Musk’s ” Master Plan Part Deux ,” released near the end of July, he said it’s been a goal of his for ten years to offer solar energy, and combining with SolarCity could allow Tesla to achieve that goal. He spoke of a “beautiful solar-roof-with-battery that just works,” and envisioned with a merger the process to transition to clean energy would be simple for a customer: “One ordering experience, one installation, one service contract, one phone app.” Related: Elon Musk aims to build clean energy giant with Tesla’s $2.8 billion bid for SolarCity Musk said, “That [Telsa and SolarCity] are separate at all, despite similar origins and pursuit of the same overarching goal of sustainable energy, is largely an accident of history.” The blog post released by Tesla today announcing the agreement with SolarCity echoes many of those dreams laid out in Musk’s updated master plan. With the combination of two companies, they said, there could be an easy “one-stop solar + storage experience.” SolarCity organized a committee to review the agreement apart from Musk’s influence, reports Reuters. As Musk sits on the board of SolarCity, of which his cousin Lyndon Rive is CEO (another cousin, Peter Rive, also sits on the board), they and many other executives won’t vote on the agreement. Under the agreement, there will be a “go-shop” provision, which means Solar City has 45 days, until September 14, to see if they get a better offer than Tesla’s offer. In the blog post Tesla said they anticipate closing the transaction in 2016’s fourth quarter. Via The Verge Images via SolarCity Facebook and Flickr

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Someone built a tiny wall around Trumps Hollywood Walk of Fame star

July 28, 2016 by  
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Someone finally listened to the passionate “build a wall” chants of Donald Trump supporters, but it’s not exactly what the Republican presidential nominee requested. A tiny, six-inch-tall wall was constructed around the billionaire’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, on the very day his nomination was secured, by a provocative street artist . The artist Plastic Jesus posted a photo to his Instagram account of the sight, saying, “Hollywood sight-seers on the famous walk of fame were confronted with an unusual edition to Trump’s Famous Star.” The teeny, tiny wall is made from concrete and features razor wire, “keep out” signs, and itty bitty American flags. Related: Climate denier Donald Trump’s favorite Florida estate is being swallowed by the sea Along with his plan to build an enormous and expensive wall along the Mexican border – which “ gets 10 feet higher ” when he is confronted with the fact that the Mexican government has no interest in paying for his preposterous proposal – America’s worst nightmare also believes “ there is no drought ” in California and has voiced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the COP21 climate agreement. During the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland, Donald Trump officially secured the party’s nomination for president of the United States. Via CNN Images via Instagram ( 1 , 2 )

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s foundations team up to combat climate change

May 27, 2016 by  
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Two organizations backed by Hollywood star power recently announced a partnership to pursue climate action . The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will give a grant of $650,000 to R20 Regions of Climate Action (R20), started by Arnold Schwarzenegger. According to a statement, the sum will go towards “renewable energy, energy efficiency , and waste management initiatives.” Using the grant, R20 will identify green initiatives to benefit people around the world, construct projects, and then track their impact. R20 works with regional governments to bring about change more quickly than often happens at a national level. They work to identify and help fund community projects such as a solar bakery in Burundi, a waste management program in Algeria, and an LED streetlight program in Brazil. Related: Leonardo DiCaprio delivers passionate speech to the UN on climate change DiCaprio said in a statement, “The Paris Agreement was an important first step for reducing global carbon emissions , but there is more that must be done to accomplish this important goal. Our partnership with R20 is a signal that it is also the responsibility of private organizations to take up the charge of accelerating the adoption of climate-saving technologies, worldwide. We call on others to follow our lead because our planet is quickly running out of time.” The partnership aligns with the goals of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance started by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon . In the statement Secretary-General Ban said, “Partnerships like this one strengthen the effort to unlock billions of dollars of private investment in projects that will urgently address climate change . I thank them for their commitment to our environment, and to the future of humanity.” The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been around since 1998, working to combat climate change and conserve nature. R20 is a relatively newer player – in 2010 Arnold Schwarzenegger started the organization which now works with more than 560 ” subnational and local governments ” around the globe. + Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation + R20 Regions of Climate Action Images via Wikimedia Commons and R20 Facebook

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Is That Surface Honestly Clean?

August 17, 2015 by  
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Jessica Alba’s name is most recognized for being synonymous with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Immaculately-styled at blockbuster premieres, acting on the big screen, and rubbing elbows with the biggest and brightest Tinsletown stars, Alba…

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It’s not science fiction: Water tech can keep California golden

July 31, 2015 by  
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Clean energy employs more Californians than Hollywood. And if anything good comes from the drought, it’s the dawning of another new industry.

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Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

May 12, 2015 by  
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New aerial photos spotted over at the New York Post show that some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in history . Photographer John Chapple took aerial photos of some of the most luxurious celebrity estates in California, showing that some of Hollywood’s elite, like Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Hugh Hefner are still surrounded by lush greenery, sparkling pools and bubbling fountains, despite the dire state of California’s drought . Read the rest of Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerial photos , california drought , California estates , celebrity estates , Drought , drought-resistant plants , wasting water , water conservation , water crisis

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Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear

September 23, 2014 by  
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In a monumental feat of visual trickery, London-based Ordinary Architecture made the letters that make up the iconic “Hollywood” sign appear to have disappeared from their perch in the Santa Monica Mountains. Under the project name Falling Icon , the installation art piece was put together by Ordinary co-founders Charles Holland and Elly Ward as a single-day exposition that was part of On the Road , a series of events aimed at promoting architecture and design in Los Angeles. Read the rest of Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , Art , Design , disappear , hollywood , letters , Los Angeles , monica , on , ordinary , project , road , santa , sign , the

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