In development in Los Angeles is architect Barbara Bestor’s Blackbirds community. Scheduled to open in 2015, it consists of 18 stand-alone units in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles designed to accommodate people in all stages of their lives. Bestor will join fellow architect John Dutton onstage to discuss their projects that renew the notion of aging in place. See more of their work here.
In our Energy 360 programming, we'll discuss harnessing the world's resources to create energy in more sustainable ways, such as in the case of the Amager Bakke Incinerator in Copenhagen. The plant was designed to belch out a large smoke ring every time a ton of carbon dioxide is released to serve as a reminder of the environmental impact of consumption. Image courtesy of the Bjarke Ingels Group.
The future of the Los Angeles River has much to do with restoring the natural lifeline of Dwell on Design's host city. Experts such as landscape architect Mia Lehrer (who spearheaded the river's revitalization plan) and Cynthia Hirschhorn, environmental designer and board member of the L.A. River Corp, will provide firsthand insights into how the river will be restored to a more natural state.
Play the LA River is a year-long initiative by the Project 51 collective to encourage exploration and engagement that's launching on September 13, 2014. The Army Corp of Engineers recently recommended approval of a $1 billion dollar project to revitalize 11 miles of riverfront property; politicians such as L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and President Obama have already pledged support.
The world of smart home technology is rapidly changing. We'll call upon the greatest minds in the industry—and draw on what we learned at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show—to sort out what will become integral to the 21st-century home.
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