The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of its design awards for homes and residential buildings. - Curbed
One subject of much local debate is the growing tension between the city’s low-density past, with its easy driving culture, and its evolving present—which finds Los Angeles becoming denser and more gridlocked. "To get a balance of life and work people are looking to avoid commuting," said Yuval Bar-Zemer, whose Linear City development company has converted old factories into living and workspaces. "The biggest advantage of downtown is that people discover that they don’t have to drive everywhere." - The Economist
A major philanthropic gift on the part of developer Leonard Hill to the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles will fund the design, construction and programming of an arts plaza beneath the new Sixth Street Bridge, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. - The Mayor's Fund
"By making parking optional to the lease, we're broadcasting to residents that it might not make sense to even own a car," said Yuval Bar-Zemer, Hill's Linear City partner. "We hope to change the way people think about urban living." - Los Angeles Times
Two landmark projects from Linear City Development — the Toy Factory Lofts in 2005 and the Biscuit Company Lofts in 2007 — set the stage for converting hollow, neglected factories into mixed-used models of functional high density. - The Real Deal