Christian Arnsperger: Drawing ideas from Switzerland’s “horizontal metropolis”- Wed., July 19, 2017 at L.A. Eco-Village

Veggie Potluck and talk on L.A.’s perma-circular future:

According to Dr. Christian Arnsperger, Los Angeles has never been just an unsustainable, sprawling,

Christian Arnsperger

resource-guzzling behemoth. At least since the 1930s, and especially since the 1960s, there has been a small, persistent, and varied underground that wants “another LA.” The city has been variously (re)imagined by Olmsted and Bartholomew as a garden-and-park idyll, by Richard Register as a network of ecocities, and by Paul Glover as a network of ecovillages. People have puzzled about how to make Los Angeles more regenerative, more bioregional, and more human-scale. In his talk, Christian Arnsperger  will reflect on this “other LA” as a sympathetic outsider, looking at our city from the Swiss vantage point, drawing elements from his ongoing collaboration with Swiss and Italian urbanists. Switzerland can be viewed as a “horizontal metropolis” — a city-territory of 8 million inhabitants with a very specific way of weaving together the urban and the rural, the cutting edge and the traditional, the dense and the diffuse — a time-tested recipe against sprawl and wastefulness but also against destructive densification and concentration. There may be very interesting things to learn about a sustainable, “perma-.circular” future from a comparison between the LA metropolitan area and the Swiss horizontal metropolis.

About Christian Arnsperger
An economist by training, I’m a professor at the University of Lausanne. My affiliation is with the Faculty of Geoscience and Environment, and I am a member of the Institute for Geography and Sustainability. We are a multidisciplinary institute focused mainly on the human- and social-science aspects of environmental issues.  My own teaching and research revolve around Sustainability and Economic Anthropology. That’s what my chair at the University of Lausanne is called. Yes, really …

read more about Christian and see his blog here.

Christian visited L.A. Eco-Village
last year to a full house.  Please come join us again this year.

Reservations please: or 213/738-1254

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 
6 to 7:30pm:  Veggie potluck.
Please bring your own non-throwaway eating ware and make this a zero waste event

7:30 to 10pm: Talk, Q&A, discussion

Fee:  $5 to $15 sliding scale at the door
If paying by check, make checks out to “CRSP”

Los Angeles Eco-Village
117 Bimini Pl – Lobby and courtyard
Los Angeles 90004





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SAIGU Event Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Uprisings – Saturday April 29, 2017 from 3 to 5pm

The Los Angeles Eco-Village grew out of the L.A. Uprisings of 1992.  In the Korean language, SAIGU means the date of the Uprisings or Riots which began on April 29 that year as a result of the Rodney King verdict which acquitted the LAPD officers of their brutal beating  of King.  There is an enormous amount of information, opinions, analysis about the verdict, the uprisings, the deaths and destruction that emerged from SAIGU, the L.A. Riots.  For the Los Angeles Eco-Village, it was the determining factor to retrofit our blighted, crime, gang and drug infested neighborhood into a healthier more sustainable community.  Go here to read my (Lois Arkin’s) personal account of those events 25 years ago.

IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY, our Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Housing Co-op has formed a small chorus which will be singing with other groups at the event.  We are proud to be among the planning partners for this event.  Please come and join us:

WHEN:  Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 3 to 5pm

WHERE:  Oriental Mission Church, 424 N. Western Avenue, LA 90004

– Just show up at 3pm for the program
Volunteer for the event, starting at noon:
Contact Lois to get on the volunteer list: 213/738-1254 or
Upload your photo and comments on the “I Am the Face of LA” facebook page.  See who’s on it here.
Upload your photo and comments here:
Donate to KCCD (Korean Churches for Community Development), the event coordinating organization:

There will be lots of interesting speakers and music and dances from diverse groups.  Watch for Program details here:

This is a free and open event.


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FEATURED EVENT: Urban Placemaking for Cultural Transformation with Mark Lakeman and the City Repair Project: Fri – Sun, March 25, 26, 27, 2016 at L.A. Eco-Village and Tue March 29 Downtown LA


Come learn with others in your communities and neighborhoods about successful strategies for:

  • Transforming public spaces from car-centric to people-centric
  •  Accelerating culture change within public agencies
  •  Learning and practicing effective tools for continuing change.

Presented by Mark Lakeman and core members from City Repair Project, this workshop will provide a dazzling spectrum of real world tools for building participatory culture and manifesting lasting change through physical interventions.  This workshop will also present powerful ideas for building resiliency while also addressing the negative effects of gentrification. Bring your own ideas, because the summation of the workshop will be strategies and timelines for doing projects in your Los Angeles neighborhoods.

See draft workshop outline below.


inspiring – a unique approach to urban planning and design – transformative – community development starting with the development of community…

Friday March 25, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm
Fee: $20     Pay here or at the door but:
Reservations required: or 213-738-1254
Location:  L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl., LA 90004  DIRECTIONS

Two day Placemaking Training at L.A. Eco-Village
Saturday & Sunday, March 26-27, 2016
from 10am to 4pm
Fee: $160      Pay here after you have reviewed the Training Outline and filled out application below
(some partial scholarships available.  See Application and Scholarships info below)
Pre-registration required: or 213/738-1254
Location:  L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl., LA 90004  DIRECTIONS

Please fill out APPLICATION below for two-day Placemaking Training and send with check made out to CRSP to:
117 Bimini Place #221
Los Angeles CA 90004

or watch for on-line payment option coming soon!

Mark also gives a special free and open talk in Downtown LA on
Tuesday March 29, 2016 from 4 to 6pm
ocation: Deaton Auditorium, 100 West First St., Los Angeles 90012

*The Deaton Auditorium event is co-sponsored by Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative, LA City Dept. of Transportation, LA City Dept. of  Planning, LA Streetsblog, Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance in Association with City Repair Project and CRSP

These talks and workshop are for:
– Architects
– Urban artists
– Recreationists
– Public officials
– Co-op activists
– Bicycle activists
– Urban Planners
– Urban designers
– Creative collaborators
– Environmental activists
– Transportation Planners
– Neighborhood and community organizers
– Neighborhood Council members and stakeholders
– People passionate about reinventing how we live in the City

And here’s the draft Two Day Placemaking Training Workshop Outline.
Sound exciting?  It will be even more exciting when we have your input:

Saturday – March 26, 2016 – Reimagining Space
10:00 am – opening  circle, “embodying permaculture”, introductions
11:00 am – City Repair Project Overview Presentation: “The Village Lives”
12 noon – Lunch
1:00 pm – Intersection/Block Repair Design Game
3:00 pm – Afternoon tea break
3:30pm – Neighborhood Walk: “Reimagining Urban Space through Spatial
Awareness” – “perform”-aculture placemaking activity

Sunday – March 27, 2016 – Sustaining Community through Policy-oriented  Placemaking
10:00 am – Ecodesign Principles; Case Studies Presentation
11:00 am – City Repair-initiated policy ordinances, how to do this in your  community
12 Noon – Lunch
1:00 pm – Public process issues, discussion circle, sharing initiatives
3:00 pm – Afternoon tea break
3:30pm – LA-specific project/presentations
4:00 pm – Closing circle


Please fill out and email to:



Neighborhood/Zip Code_________________________’


Organizational Affiliations that you are working with on
Neighborhood issues___________________________


Describe any experience you have with neighborhood organizing:



Describe, if any, your knowledge or experience with placemaking




Antioch University Los Angeles Urban Sustainability
Master of Arts Program
Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust
Bresee Foundation
East Area Progressive Democrats
Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance
Silverlake TimeBank
StreetsBlog Los Angeles –

Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative
You Are Here: Intentional Community Los Angeles

Is your organization or agency interested in being a co-sponsor?  Inquire by  contacting Lois at 213/738-1254 or

SCHOLARSHIPS:  We have a commitment to bring the skills and tools of placemaking to leaders in communities with social and environmental challenges. Scholarships for activists, people of color and neighborhood organizers are available. Please email us with answers to these questions: 1) Describe briefly why you are needing financial support. 2) How would this scholarship and training create new possibilities for you and your community? 3) Indicate what you may be able to offer financially, if anything. We may not be able to provide full scholarships to everyone who asks. Please indicate in your EMAIL to us, this subject line: “Scholarship for Placemaking Training”

CAN YOU SPONSOR A SEAT FOR SOMEONE? If you or your organization can sponsor someone to take the training, please let us know at or call Lois at 213/738-1254.

Those that complete this training are encouraged to bring this knowledge back to their respective groups and neighborhoods and begin the process of identifying and/or implementing neighborhood-based placemaking opportunities. Additionally a goal of placemaking training is to be involved with the streamlining of local policy and legislative actions for enhancing neighborhood placemaking projects.

For other locations for Urban Placemaking presentations in SoCal with Mark Lakeman, go here:






TimeBank Crafts Fair – November 7, 2015 from Noon to 4pm at L.A. Eco-Village

This will be the 4th annual Arroyo Seco/West Adams TimeBank crafts fair.  All locally handmade items such as tea towels, bar soaps, jewelry, jams, arts and crafts, and more.  This is one of the best ways to support local and independent artists, designers and crafters making great stuff out of local and recycled materials.

Items will be for sale for time dollars and combinations of time dollars and U.S. dollars.


Date and Time:          Saturday, November 7, 2015 from Noon to 4pm
Location:                     Los Angeles Eco-Village Lobby, 117 Bimini Pl,
Los Angeles 90004
Food:                            Bring a snack to share or a brown bag if you’d like to
stay awhile and hang out in the gardens.
No charge to attend.

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Los Angeles Eco-Village Neighborhood Potluck & Movie Night, Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 6pm

You’re invited:

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 6pm

127 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004
(adjacent to our big building)

Bring a vegetarian dish to share and your own
eating ware to make this a zero waste event.
You may also want to bring along a blanket for
picnic style event.

Movie at 7:30pm:
The Exterminating Angel”, the award winning
1962 macabre comedy by Luis Bunuel, in

Spanish.  Review here.  Note: may not be suitable
for children.


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for a sustainable water future

Greywater workshop: How to install a washing machine system/ Taller de Aguas Grises, Sat., May 9, 2015 from 10am to 12:30pm at L.A. Eco-Village

*This is a bilingual workshop (English/Spanish). *Este taller es bilingüe (Inglés/Español)

Laundry to landscape greywater systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. With your own L2L system you can irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry, saving you water, time, and resources. Experienced instructors will lead you step-by-step through the design process, tailoring a system to fit your home. This system is legal to install without a permit, just follow 12 basic guidelines you’ll learn about in class.

Aprende como instalar su propio sistema de aguas grises que utiliza el agua de su lavadora de ropa para regar su jardín. El sistema de agua gris De la lavadora al jardín es de bajo costo, fácil de instalar y fácil de modificar. Con este sistema se puede regar el paisaje cada vez que usa la lavadora, ahorrando agua, dinero, y recursos. En California se puede instalar este sistema legalmente, sin permiso, si sigue 12 lineamientos que aprenderá en el taller.  


  • How to design a system for your home and landscape
  • How to build a system- you’ll create a “mock-up” of a real system with real greywater parts
  • What parts you’ll need for your home
  • How much greywater you produce and how many plants you can water
  • What soaps and detergents are “greywater friendly”

En este taller aprenderá:

  • Como diseñar un sistema para su casa y jardín

  • Como instalar un sistema- va a hacer un modelo de un sistema usando partes reales

  • Que partes necesitará para su propio sistema

  • Cuantos galones de aguas grises se producen en su casa

  • Jabones y productos recomendados

Location / Lugar: 
Los Angeles EcoVillage, 117 Bimini Place, LA, 90004

Cost / Costo Sliding-scale $20 – $40. Please pay what you can on the sliding-scale.

Entrada de $20 a $40 (ponga el precio de acuerdo a su posibilidad). 

Register here/ Registrarse aquí

Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape. Site plan of your yard.

For more information on an L2L system refer to the SF Graywater Guide for Outdoor Irrigation, downloadable here  or watch a video of an installation of this system on Ask This Old House.

Favor de traer lo siguiente al taller con usted:

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Open House at L.A. Eco-Village, Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 3pm to 8pm

Open House from 3 to 6pm:  Music, tours, workshops, kids’ activities, fun, free raffle with fun prizes.


Veggie Potluck from 6 to 8pm:  Bring any veggie item to share, enough for about 4 to 8 people.  And please bring your own eating utensils.  Let’s keep this a zero waste event.

Please RSVP for veggie potluck to:

No reservations required for Open House 3 to 6pm


Los Angeles Eco-Villagers will host you for these activities:

L.A. Eco-Village Orientation and MiniTour with Ana Paula and Zoe at 3:30pm, and with AnaPaula and Claire at 5pm

Gardening and greywater with Irma at 4pm and at 5pm

Consensus oriented decision making with Yuki at 4pm

White House Place Learning Garden with Lara at 3:30 and 4:30pm.

Children’s Art Table with Leslie, Daniel and Randy at 4pm and at 5pm

Timebank and Craft Club and Repair Cafe with Leslie and TimeBankers Katie and Ginko & Scoops at 3:30 and 4:30pm

Conflict Resolution with Aurisha at 4:30pm

Food Lobby Co-op with John at 4:30pm

Skill Sharing with Zoe at 4:30pm

Energy Workshop with Somer at 5pm

Closing and Raffle with Adewole and Bruce at 5:30pm

Veggie potluck in Courtyard from 6 to 8pm.  Please bring your own eating ware and a dish of veggie food for 4 to 6 people.  Let’s make this a zero waste event.

Much as we love dogs, please do not bring them to this event.

Please walk, bike or use public transit.  Parking is often very limited in our neighborhood.   More directions here:



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