Climate activism goes mainstream, from Porsche to porn
Will an all-electric Porsche drive sports car lovers to embrace clean energy vehicles? Can an adult video site help clean up plastic trash in the oceans? DnA looks at the climate messaging coming from unexpected quarters, even as the White House tries to roll back environmental protections. And we meet the folks with the future in their hands: teenagers. Santa Monica High School climate activists share their thoughts on taking inspiration from Greta Thunberg, on educating adults and the need for a Green New Deal.
Promenade 3.0; Kunlé Adeyemi
After it opened in 1989, Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade became one of the most popular shopping and entertainment destinations in the world. But the Internet has changed how we shop, watch movies and order food. So business leaders and designers have launched Promenade 3.0. Will lawn games, public seating and Instagram moments make it a must-visit place once again?
And, coastal cities around the world are facing rising sea levels. What can we learn from Lagos? Hear from Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, designer of an acclaimed floating school.
Music Center Plaza; LA’s new tree czar
The Music Center Plaza, opened in 1964 with a design by architect Welton Becket, has been reimagined for pedestrians rather than cars.
“We had to walk a line between preserving as best we could what was here, but making it work better for the changing urban environment that we have here,” said architect Bob Hale.
And Los Angeles has a new city forest officer, starting Tuesday. Rachel Malarich has two big goals: adding 90,000 trees to LA’s streets and private yards, and increasing the tree canopy in the least shady neighborhoods by 50 percent in the next decade.
Fifteen strangers share a house; Bird’s sustainability pitch
A large two-story Craftsman house on a residential street in Koreatown has been subdivided into 15 single-occupancy bedrooms and bathrooms, and common living and dining areas. “Cohaus” creates community and adds density without changing the architecture. But at least one neighbor is not happy with this arrangement. We find out why.
And, Bird electric scooters are everywhere. But critics say they’re not as eco-friendly as the company has presented them. Bird’s head of sustainability explains what the company is doing to overcome the impact of building, distributing and powering e-scooters.
Reimagining Museum Row; upending the general contractor industry
Museum Row on Wilshire Boulevard is in the midst of some big changes, with major projects at the Petersen, Academy Museum, LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits and Craft Contemporary. Will these schemes be united, and how will they greet the street? And we'll hear about three architectural firms competing to reimagine La Brea Tar Pits.
Plus, working with a general contractor can often be a challenge, whether you're building a house or looking to remodel. The start-up Sweeten wants to disrupt the general contractor industry by matching clients with vetted contractors and monitoring the project through to completion.