LA based artist, Stephen Glassman is hoping to make the Los Angeles commute a little greener, more relaxing, and less cluttered. Through his Urban Air project, Glassman plans on transforming billboards throughout the city (and eventually around the globe) into little spots of urban greenery, or rather floating gardens.
According to GOOD, Glassman came up with the concept for Urban Air as he felt a need for more fresh, green space, and a greater connection to humanity. His idea won the 2011 London International Creativity Award and inspired Summit Media, a billboard company based in Los Angeles, to donate billboards along major streets and freeways.
So how does he do it? Glassman and his team start by taking apart the commercial facade of a billboard and then modify the existing structure by installing planters, filling them with live bamboo, hooking up a water misting system and connecting them to a wifi network that monitors the environment. Then, says Glassman, “when people are stuck in traffic” on the 10 Freeway instead of seeing advertisements, they “look up and they see an open space of fresh air.”
Watch the video below to see how Glassman creates his floating gardens.
According to the LA Times, people who drive electric vehicles in Los Angeles generally travel farther and charge more often in public and at off-peak hours (when it’s cheaper) versus those that drive an EV in other parts of the country. This is certainly good news for people in LA who are hesitant to buy an electric car because of range anxiety.
Ecotality oversees the EV Project, a $230-million deployment of electric-vehicle charging infrastructure funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy to aid the rollout of electric vehicles and conduct research.
About 4,600 of a planned 8,300 residential chargers and 1,600 of a planned 5,000 public chargers have been installed through the EV Project since 2010. To date, more than 26 million of an anticipated 100 million miles of driving data have been analyzed in 18 major cities, including Seattle, Dallas, Nashville and Los Angeles.
Owners of electric vehicles report their usage to Ecotality who then tally the data and analyze patterns. Based on L.A. data for the first quarter of 2012, Leaf drivers charge away from home 24% of the time, versus 19% nationally. They travel about 28.1 miles between charges versus 27.4 miles nationally and arrive at home with more depleted charges than EV drivers in other cities. Continue reading