La Loma Seeks Mission Small Business $250k Grant

This is the current before photo of our new headquarters in Pasadena.

La Loma is seeking a Mission: Small Business grant. We need 250 votes to quality for a $250k grant to create an amazing multi-use space in Pasadena (1355 Lincoln Ave. 91103) for community events, including rainwater harvesting education, sustainable and alternative building materials and artist workshops.

Plaza Morazan Groundbreaking Underway

Council Member Ed Reyes with Marco celebrating the design for Plaza Morazan

We were excited to attend the ground breaking ceremony of Plaza Morazan this Saturday, May 13. Plaza Morazan is dedicated to the history that unites Central America. A circular cobble court with a central bust of Francisco Morazan in the northern corner is facing SSE towards a flat mortared representation of Central America in an urbanite court.

Environmental Charter High School Named One of Three So Cal Green Ribbon Schools

ECS Outdoor science classroom with underground water cistern, recycled plastic furniture, living wall, superadobe planter, aquaponics, and chicken coop

Our client Environmental Charter High School, wins the first ever national Green Ribbon Schools award. It was one of three in Southern California, and one of 78 schools nationwide to win top honors in environmental and sustainability education.

The Green Ribbon Schools have three pillars of sustainabilty: Pillar one: Net zero environmental impact which includes, reduced or eliminated green house gas emissions, improved water quality, efficiency, and conservation, reduced waste production, use of alternative transportation to, during, and from school;

La Loma Hosts Tour for Pasadena Garden Club

Marco Barrantes leads a La Loma project tour to the ladies of the Pasadena Garden Club

Marco Barrantes was delighted to give a tour of some of our projects to about twenty members of the Pasadena Garden Club. The club was founded in 1916 and boasts an active membership of enthusiastic gardeners and Pasadena locals. We took the club on a tour of several of our projects including a front yard kitchen garden, dry-stacked broken concrete terraces, an ornamental front yard with rusted metal planters, a chlorine to natural pool conversion, and a backyard with custom earthbag planters. It was nice to see how some of the new gardens are starting to grow in.  You can view more photos from the tour on our Facebook page

LACMA's Pet Rock

Clockwise: The rock at the quarry from the LACMA Unframed blog, The Public Fruit Theater as it was installed; A Google Earth view of the Public Fruit Theater, and the 106 mile route of the rock.

On Friday May 6, 2011, we had orders from LACMA to dismantle the Public Fruit Theater two months earlier than expected. The fruit theater was directly in the way of the trench for Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass. We completed building the theater in November of 2010 as a collaboration with Fallen Fruit and their year-long residency, with the culminating event EATLACMA. The amphitheater was built out of recycled broken concrete pieces and aggregate, with an orange tree in the middle. It took us approximately ten days to build and was primarily subsidized by our company, with a quarter of the cost paid by LACMA, with a total budget of around $20k. Despite the overall size and weight of the amphitheater (approximately 100 tons), the carbon footprint was low because of the use of reclaimed and re-purposed materials. In two days, we disassembled the broken concrete theater piece by piece, and nothing was left except for dirt. Currently, LACMA is putting its institutional muscle into moving a 340-ton rock from a quarry in Riverside into the heart of Los Angeles.