Make this mega­man­sion go green

Re “Mil­lions owed on man­sion,” June 3

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Los An­ge­les has an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture fea­tures in home de­sign. The case study for this should be the un­fin­ished man­sion in Bel-Air built wildly out of city code com­pli­ance by de­vel­oper Mo­hamed Ha­did.

Do­ing this can sat­isfy the is­sues at hand with­out fur­ther waste by re­cy­cling a mega man­sion into a net-zero-en­ergy show­case. Il­le­gally ex­panded spa­ces can be re­pur­posed to be­come machines of so­lar col­lec­tion. The built mass as a whole can be soft­ened and cloaked by func­tional green walls, clean­ing the air and blend­ing the home back into the hill­side. John Maloney

Cul­ver City The writer is an ar­chi­tect.

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