Monthly Archives: June 2013

MTA Board Approves $1.3B Construction Of Crenshaw/LAX Line

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES ( — There will be a new way to take a train to the plane.

The MTA board of directors on Thursday approved a $1.3 construction contract for a Crenshaw to LAX rail line.

The new line will traverse Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park, Crenshaw Plaza, the Forum, and Inglewood en route to LAX.

The 8.5-mile line will be constructed by Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors.

The MTA board also approved a $160 million contingency fund, for a total budget of nearly $2.06 billion, according to Metro. The project is one of 12 funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax voters approved five years ago.

Utility work has already begun, major construction will begin in the spring. The project should be complete in 2019, said officials.

“This has been a decades-long, monumental effort by an array of elected officials, community advocates and Metro staff,” county Supervisor and Metro board member…

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Moss Carpet and Natural Light = Park-Like Home Office

As working from home becomes more common around the world, home office designs continue to get more creative and stylish. The small home office of Nidolab Arquitectura in Argentina creates a natural-feeling space indoors.

The tiny office is only 54 square meters but manages to create an open, outdoorsy environment. The centerpiece of the office is a moss carpet in a number of different shades. The textures of the mossy floor covering make the office feel like a little piece of nature.

In the center of the room, a floating timber platform supports a large conference table, providing ample space for meetings and for individual work spaces.

Thanks to abundant skylights and a huge window, the office doesn’t require much electricity during the day. It relies on natural lighting, which enhances the natural, organic feel of the workspace.

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Frozen Mid-Cut: Log Sculpture Shows How Trees Get Slice

Ever wonder how boards turn from trees into building materials? While not a secret, the process is also not entirely obvious – and rarely this clear or quite so visceral.

Vincent Kohler (photos by Geoffrey Cottenceau) shows the art and geometry of the dissection process in much the same way an insect specialist might cut and splice a living specimen (or a butcher’s chart shows where slabs of meat can be found).

The result is a kind of three-dimensional version of a logging diagram drawing, showing in frozen time and physical reality how each cut is made and what the resulting sizes are, from which our minds can also reverse-engineer the order of cuts.

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