Fixing Destroyed L.A. City Hall Lawn After Occupy Protest

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City Hall lawn replacement plan explained at upcoming Municipal Green Building Conference 4/26 by expert Landscape Architect Glen Dake.

Glen Dake's work at Hi-Tech High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Southern California drought and historic sites landscaping expert Glen Dake, Landscape Architect at GDML, is part of a panel addressing the lawn replacement issue facing City Hall after the Occupy Los Angeles encampment was removed. He will explain solutions for replacing the lawn at the upcoming Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE) April 26, 2012. The Expo is Southern California's longest running and largest sustainability and green building event focused on the needs and concerns of municipalities. MGBCE will take place at the Southern California Gas Company's Energy Resource Center located at 9240 Firestone Blvd. in Downey.

Expert landscape architect and long time community supporter, Glen Dake will elaborate on the ways renovations at City Hall can both reduce water use and build excitement about the historic qualities of the site. The panel he's speaking on titled, Lawn Replacement at L.A. and Santa Monica City Halls: Sustainability, Public Use and Cost Considerations in Renovating Historic Municipal Landscapes, is scheduled for 3:15 pm in Conference Room C. The panel will also address the future of Santa Monica City Hall’s lawn. Both sites face the important question: How can critical water-saving improvements be made affordable while respecting historic preservation rules?

Dake welcomes questions and ideas from colleagues, students and the public. He has been repositioning cultural historic landscapes for new uses since 1989. He worked on the complete renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Historic Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood; was instrumental in making improvements to the 1906 Silver Lake Reservoir; served on The City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission from 2008 – 2010; was the Green Deputy at City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Eric Garcetti from 2001 – 2005 where he developed thirteen new parks. Dake’s design work includes prominent campus improvements at UCLA and at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography; as well as the innovative outdoor learning environment for Los Angeles’ High Tech High School.

Visit Glen Dake online at http://www.glendake.com/ on Twitter @glendake, view additional photo galleries on Flickr or find him on LinkedIn.

For press materials or to set-up interviews with Glen Dake/GDML please contact Fly PR: T. (323) 667-1344 or flypr(at)flypr(dot)net.

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