December 2011

December 20, 2011

Paramount Pictures to Modernize Studio while Embracing Its Past

Paramount Pictures on Melrose Boulevard is the only major film studio still located in Hollywood. The studio has developed a plan for site upgrades to provide for its thousands of employees in an ever evolving industry. TPR spoke about the goals and designs with Paramount COO Frederick Huntsberry, with Sharon Keyser, Senior VP, Real Estate, Government & Community Relations, Paramount, and with architects Bob Hale, Principal, Rios Clementi Hale, and Brenda Levin, President and Principal, Levin & Associates Architects.

December 19, 2011

German American Business Association Discusses Developments in Electric Vehicles, Policy and Products

German and American business and policy leaders discuss recent developments in the world of electric vehicles. As regions like Bavaria have fostered EV-friendly policies, BMW and CODA automotive highlight new products and approaches towards providing the customer with a reliable and affordable vehicle.

December 19, 2011

Port of Los Angeles Moves to Draw the Public to the Waterfront through Commercial Development

The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest container port in the United States, and the idea of granting a community access to such a space remains fresh. The following comes from a ULI panel entitled Waterfront Development in the Port of Los Angeles: Strategies for Implementing a Successful Public-Private Partnership. TPR presents remarks by David Mathewson, Port of Los Angeles, and Alison Marik Zeno, Studio Principal, ZENO Design Group, Inc.

December 19, 2011

Energy as Driver of Value: Energy Efficiency and Power Generation Increasingly Relevant to Developers

Excerpts from an Urban Land Institute panel on energy efficiency, power generation, and development. As utilities and energy companies move towards distributed power, how can building owners, businesses, and developers act now?

December 16, 2011

AIA Los Angeles: Political Leadership Could Bolster Green Design

A roundtable discussion hosted by the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, and featuring some of the region's most prominent designers sheds light on the role of the architect in greening the built environment. While design innovations have created energy efficient buildings and have raised awareness, coordinated government action could provide the scale necessary for noticeable change.

December 14, 2011

Irwin Jacobs on Entrepreneurship: 'You Can't Do Everything Yourself'

How does entrepreneurship work? Is a start-up driven by the vision of a hero or by the musings and experiments of a team? The following excerpts of Qualcomm and Linkabit co-founder Irwin Jacobs illustrate how academic ideas transitioned to the business world in 1960s and 1970s Southern California.

December 9, 2011

WindMade Connects Consumer Demand with the Energy Behind Production and Operations

Robyn Beavers explains how clearly branding a company's use of wind energy can increase demand. WindMade, a nonprofit linked to Denmark-based Vestas, has organized corporations from around the world behind this branding effort.

December 19, 2011

Peter Zellner Discusses SCI-Arc’s Focus on Sustainability

Peter Zellner, a Culver City-based architect and a faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, sat down with TPR as a follow-up to the AIA net zero energy roundtable. Zellner’s work on art galleries has gained ZELLNERPLUS the most recognition. His grappling with questions of urbanism and sustainability, however, professionally challenge common notions of how Los Angeles’ built environment may evolve. 

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