Last Sunday, FORM attended the AIA Home Tours series on The Hills: From East to West. We liked what we saw. The four homes were open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The highlight of the tour was the Bel Air abode of builder Mauricio Oberfeld, designed with Zoltan Pali of Studio Pali Fekete Architects. Also showcased were the Lago Vista Guest House, an all glass and green modern villa set in the hills of Beverly Hills, SteelHouse designed by Marc Angell and Sarah Graham of agps architecture, and the Briarcliff View House, designed by John Pugliese of Cambia Designs LLC.
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When schools grow too big for their existing facilities, they often have to resort to inefficient modular classrooms, which take a lot of energy to be run and make it seem like your kids are going to school in a trailer park. Gen7 Modular Classrooms by American Modular Systems is working to change that with their energy-efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly classrooms that provide healthy and productive learning environments. Over the summer, Gen7 installed a set of six modular classrooms at the Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, California. In less than a month and a half, the school had six new classrooms, which are far more energy-efficient and healthier than the buildings surrounding them.
Longtime FORM contributor Jack Skelley is expanding his voice at FORM with a new online column. Found under the VIEWS tab above, Skelley's writing will probe into issues of sustainability and urban design here in Los Angeles, which he calls "the capital of urban planning disasters" and "an unexpected source of successes." Expect to find a lively discourse that takes an intelligent look at both extremes.
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PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. For LA, 2010 will mark the fourth year of participation.