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Lisa Ling Leaves the Chinese Takeout Light On

After 15 years, TV journalist Lisa Ling no longer calls United Airlines seat 4B home. Instead, she and her husband, oncologist Paul Song, are the proud owners of one of greenest homes in Santa Monica.

Per Emily Young‘s latest entry in the LA Times ongoing “Homes of the Times” series, there’s passive cooling instead of air conditioning, a car recharging station, more than five dozen Sanyo photovoltaic panels and a unique nighttime beacon:

Take the hard-to-miss lamp out front. Scaled in proportion to the two-story facade and illuminated to glow at night like a giant paper lantern, the light is fashioned from 2,000 translucent plastic Chinese takeout containers. “It took me, my girlfriend, Lisa and Paul four days to glue them together,” architect Marco DiMaccio says.

Ling’s OWN documentary series Our America was just renewed for another season, while her new home has logged a platinum LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Despite the home’s many environmentally friendly features and the fact that 100% of materials from a previously demolished residence were recycled, some article commenters still give Ling-Song heat for building such a massive residence (4,300 square feet).

[Photo: Wally Skalij/LA Times]

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