Los Angeles Eco-Village 9/9/08


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  • Los Angeles Eco-Village 9/9/08

    1. 1. The Los Angeles Eco-Village: <ul><li>“ An urban ecovillage is a piece of the ecological city.” </li></ul><ul><li> - Architect Paul Downton of Urban Ecology Australia at the First International Eco-Cities Conference, Berkeley California 1990 </li></ul>CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages at the Los Angeles Eco-Village ECOVILLAGES
    2. 2. <ul><li>Human scale </li></ul><ul><li>Full featured </li></ul><ul><li>Harmlessly integrates human activities into the natural world </li></ul><ul><li>Supports healthy human development </li></ul><ul><li>Can be successfully continued into the indefinite future </li></ul><ul><li>Has multiple centers of initiative </li></ul>Six components define an “ecovillage”
    3. 3. Los Angeles Eco-Village: Existing Conditions Existing Los Angeles Eco-Village LEED Neighborhood Development Project Area
    4. 4. Bimini Baths: 1901 - 1951 Bimini Baths 1901 – 1951 from hot mineral springs 2,000 feet below
    5. 5. Adjacent Buildings owned by CRSP the nonprofit Sponsor of the Los Angeles Eco-Village 40 unit apartment building 8 unit apartment building
    6. 6. Transforming the Intersection into a Plaza for the EcoMaya Festival
    7. 7. Using the plaza: a neighborhood block party Car Solar Powered stage Small Kids Play area Neighbors Brought free Food to share
    8. 8. Permanently Affordable Housing - Transition from simple nonprofit ownership to: <ul><li>A COMMUNITY </li></ul><ul><li>LAND TRUST </li></ul><ul><li>Land under two currently owned nonprofit apt. buildings will go into a community land trust with a 99 year lease. </li></ul><ul><li>The land trust will also serve the larger neighborhood. </li></ul><ul><li>A LIMITED EQUITY </li></ul><ul><li>HOUSING </li></ul><ul><li>COOPERATIVE </li></ul><ul><li>Apartment buildings will be sold to resident ownership group as a limited equity housing cooperative. Appreciation of property is limited by state law. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Dedicated Community Spaces in the current nonprofit owned Eco-Village housing
    10. 10. Gardens: a permaculture approach Compost pit
    11. 11. Retrofitting Apartment Buildings <ul><li>Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Use local, recycled content materials </li></ul><ul><li>Use least polluting, least toxic materials </li></ul><ul><li>Create local livelihood </li></ul><ul><li>Empower & train residents to make informed consensus decisions. </li></ul>Ten years later, here are a few results: Energy efficient french doors from sustainably harvested red maple.
    12. 12. More retrofitting of apartment buildings
    13. 13. Energy: solar, insulation, windows, appliances, conservation
    14. 14. Saving Energy: Car Free and Car Lite
    15. 15. Bike commute off to work – saving energy
    16. 16. Multiple Centers of Initiative Bicycle Kitchen Preparing for a Weaving workshop Eco-Villagers earn some of their livelihood doing rehab work “at home.”
    17. 17. Intentional Community meets weekly and makes decisions by consensus. Trainings held several times each year.
    18. 18. Eco-Villagers share meals several times each week
    19. 19. North Side Garden Water Infiltration System <ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><li>Surface was paved </li></ul><ul><li>Roof water run-off to storm drain and directly to ocean. </li></ul><ul><li>Water lost; ocean polluted </li></ul><ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-Villager planned a permeable surface & native landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer community work parties implemented plan </li></ul><ul><li>Removed concrete and used it for a retaining wall </li></ul><ul><li>Reclaimed several truck loads of local mulch to create a micro-watershed </li></ul><ul><li>Roof water goes back to water table. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Bimini Slough Ecology Park was a street.
    21. 21. The 500 foot streambed sinks stormwater at Bimini Slough Ecology Park Alcohol drug recovery home Bresee Youth Center, neighborhood internet center and heath clinic Bimini Slough Ecology Park adjacent to Bresee. A “slough” is a seasonal wetland
    22. 22. Shared Street Project <ul><li>OVERALL GOALS </li></ul><ul><li>More pedestrian friendly street </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce auto dependency & traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage more use of public transit </li></ul><ul><li>Beautify neighborhood </li></ul>Funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority & the City of Los Angeles at $250,000 <ul><li>SAMPLING OF ADDITIONAL GOALS </li></ul><ul><li>Permeable pavement demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Fruit and nut trees, food forest </li></ul><ul><li>More mini parks </li></ul><ul><li>Public gathering spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Space for small business kiosks </li></ul><ul><li>Rainwater collection </li></ul><ul><li>Public art by neighborhood artists </li></ul><ul><li>Friendly street furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbors’ participation in development </li></ul>
    23. 23. Shared Street Dedication City Council President Eric Garcetti dedicates recently completed Shared Street Project in L.A. Eco-Village: permeable sidewalks, narrowed streets, macademia trees.
    24. 24. The Los Angeles Eco-Village Reinventing how we live in cities for a Lower environmental impact with a Higher quality of life at a Lower cost of living Affiliated with the Ecovillage Network of the Americas and GEN, the Global Ecovillage Network