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FutureBuild Provides a Sneak Peek into a Transformed Los Angeles

The Los Angeles 2024 Olympics will transform the city and the region. Like a Silicon Valley startup, government must take the lead on climate change with tech-savvy, entrepreneurial strategies. The quality of our health is inextricably linked with our daily environments. A city needs resilience to adapt, survive, and thrive. These are just a few of the ideas explored in depth at FutureBuild 2017, the annual conference that brings together leading thinkers, innovators, and change makers of the built environment. FutureBuild, held on January 31, 2017 at LA Hotel Downtown, … Read More

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Connecting the Dots: VerdeXchange/FutureBuild Conference Looks at the Sustainable Los Angeles of Tomorrow


Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke during a lunchtime plenary at the VerdeXchange/FutureBuild, a conference on sustainability, business and public policy, on Tuesday at the L.A. Hotel Downtown on Figueroa. He urged all departments in the city to look at everything through a lens of environmentalism. “Los Angeles had a sustainable past, going all the way back to the original adobe structures that started the city,” he said to the 375 people in the audience. “We paved that over. We need to get back to our roots by, for example, turning our … Read More

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Garcetti, Officials, Developers on Transportation Planning, Transit Oriented Development at ULI LA FutureBuild

“It’s like throwing a sponge into the ocean!” said LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, referring to the Sepulveda Pass freeway expansion. He spoke at theUrban Land Institute’s FutureBuild plenary session on the state of transportation and transit oriented development in Southern California. The comment could be just as easily be applied to the proposed 710 tunnel, or other freeway expansion projects in Southern California. Joining Garcetti for the plenary panel were Janet-Marie Smith (who has overseen the Dodger Stadium renovation) and Frances Anderton (KCRW’s Which Way, LA producer). Click here to read … Read More

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Rick Caruso, Bill Bogaard Discuss Sustainability, Economics, and City Planning at ULI Los Angeles


Introduced as the man who “literally changed the retail landscape in Southern California,“ Rick Caruso opened a recent Urban Land Institute conference with thoughts on the economics of sustainable development. Up next, Mayor Bill Bogaard talked about milestones in Pasadena’s Green City Action Plan. Caruso noted he hasn’t been successful yet in getting into Pasadena, and mentioned in an aside to Bogaard that Glendale [The Americana at Brand] would serve as a draw in the interim. He also said city building incentives have to work for developers: “Cities need to figure out how their bureaucracies can … Read More

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