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Design and Architecture



Design and architecture shape our world. On DnA: Design and Architecture, host Frances Anderton talks to designer, users and critics about the latest in products, fashion, architecture and more, in Los Angeles and beyond. Photo credit: Marc Goldstein



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Three changing waterfronts in Southern California

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Developers have big plans to make over older waterfronts in San Pedro, San Diego and Santa Barbara. It’s the next step in the urbanization of these cities. Old world-style fishing villages are out. In are coming designers Bjarke Ingels, James Corner and bigger commercial attractions. Their designs vary and so does public response. How will they affect the character and life of these coastal destinations?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-three_changing_waterfronts_in_southern_california-170815.mp3




From acid to Apple: a survey of California design

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

From the drug-fueled 1960s style of the hippies to the tech-utopian visions of Silicon Valley's founders, California's design sensibilities have had a global reach. The exhibition California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum in London looks at how the Golden State came to have such a powerful influence on contemporary design.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-from_acid_to_apple_a_survey_of_california_design-170809.mp3




Future Aleppo, Norman Bel Geddes

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

A Syrian boy hand-built a model of what his hometown might look like after the country's civil war, and now Future Aleppo is on display in Los Angeles. Also, do you think driverless cars are a new idea? Just wait 'til you hear about Norman Bel Geddes, an industrial designer decades ahead of his time.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-future_aleppo_norman_bel_geddes-170808.mp3




'Columbus' muses on modernism, David Hockney turns 80

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0700

The Los Angeles-based painter David Hockney turned 80 last month and his birthday is being marked with shows from London to LA's Getty Museum. Critics and Hockney talk to DnA about his enduring appeal. And the movie Columbus is set in the small town of Columbus, Ind., a mecca of modernist architecture. The filmmaker, Kogonada, explains why he placed buildings at the center of his directorial debut.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-columbus_muses_on_modernism_david_hockney_turns_80-170801.mp3




Will Santa Monica's affordable housing goals backfire?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Home prices keep hitting record highs in Southern California. What’s the solution? Some say Santa Monica – with its recent downtown development and light rail extension – is the model. But a split vote by that city’s lawmakers suggests otherwise.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-will_santa_monicas_affordable_housing_goals_backfire-170726.mp3




Designer Camp, Louis Kahn barge, Architectural Imagination

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Pack your bags, we're off to summer camp! But forget lanyards and campfire singalongs. We visit a boutique camp for teen designers. Los Angeles architects take "The Architectural Imagination" to Detroit. Do their dreams offer more hope than grassroots solutions? Louis Kahn's floating concert hall has sent up an SOS. Can a Hudson Valley town save it from the scrapyard?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-designer_camp_louis_kahn_barge_architectural_imagination-170725.mp3




Border wall breakdown, David Adjaye

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

President Trump's border wall project appears to have ground to a halt. Will it ever materialize? And David Adjaye, the designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, reflects on the museum's significance, emerging African architecture, and improving social housing.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-border_wall_breakdown_david_adjaye%20718-170718.mp3




Is HHH housing getting built?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:44:00 -0700

In the past year, residents of both the city and county of Los Angeles voted to tax themselves to pay for more housing for the homeless, and for the services needed to keep them in those homes. Local elected officials say those extra dollars couldn't come at a better time. Homelessness is up 23 percent in LA when compared to last year. So what's being built right now, and what's coming down the line?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-is_hhh_housing_getting_built-170712.mp3




LA's electric bus future, construction giant Paul Matt

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Los Angeles-based electric bus manufacturing companies aim to meet a growing demand for emission-free urban transit. And it's one thing to design a building, but it's another thing to build it. We pay tribute to the late Paul Matt, the construction giant who realized many Southern California landmarks.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-las_electric_bus_future_construction_giant_paul_matt-170711.mp3




Proterra and the rise of electric buses

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:44:00 -0700

For Swedish automaker Volvo, the combustible engine in a thing of the past. Beginning in 2019 all of the new car models it introduces will be fully electric or hybrids. It's the first major traditional automaker to set a concrete date for phasing out combustion-engine-only models. The trend, however, isn't limited to just car companies. There is a boom in electric bus manufacturers in the U.S. as well, including right here in Southern California.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-proterra_and_the_rise_of_electric_buses-170705.mp3




Freedom sculpture, Henry Rollins, surfboards

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

The Fourth of July holiday is a great time to crank up the music and hit the beach. Henry Rollins likes his punk played on a perfect sound system, which he shows us on a tour of his home. And we hear about the enduring tradition of innovative surf design in Santa Barbara. We also mark Independence Day with a look at the new Freedom Sculpture in Century City. Designed by engineer-artist Cecil Balmond, it draws inspiration from the ancient Persian king Cyrus.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-freedom_sculpture_henry_rollins_surfboards-170704.mp3




Should extremely creative CEOs get away with bad behavior?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been ousted from the company he created. Was this the best way to address the negatives of a highly creative entrepreneur? "Serial entrepreneur" Z Holly and another controversial business leader -- American Apparel's Dov Charney - weigh in.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-should_extremely_creative_ceos_get_away_with_bad_behavior-170627.mp3




The $1.2 billion Wilshire Grand finally set to open

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:44:00 -0700

The tallest building west of the Mississippi River will officially open for business on Friday. The Wilshire Grand Center has been years in the making. It rises 73 stories, or 1,100 feet with its spire at the top, and includes a near-900 room InterContinental Hotel. And its architecture tells the story of a changing Los Angeles.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_1_2_billion_wilshire_grand_finally_set_to_open-170621.mp3




Fire safety in towers, artists and developers, PetSpace

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

London's Grenfell Tower fire shows what can go wrong when a high rise building is not designed or retrofitted in accordance with fire and safety needs. Are artists the victims or perpetrators of gentrification? A downtown luxury apartment building will have an "artist-in-residence." Plus, the new private animal shelter PetSpace offers a high-design venue for adopting your new four-legged friend.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-fire_safety_in_towers_artists_and_developers_petspace-170620.mp3




Frank Lloyd Wright's Los Angeles gems

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born 150 years ago last week, and the anniversary has been recognized with events and exhibitions. His style of “organic architecture" can be seen in his Los Angeles houses, including the Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park. Why does this architect still tower in the public imagination?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-frank_lloyd_wrights_los_angeles_gems-170614.mp3




Trump's American idea, LACMA's expansion, the idea of home

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

The Trump Organization plans a new hotel chain called American Idea, inspired by the family's experiences on the campaign trail. So how do they brand "American Idea" and steer clear of perceived conflicts? And, LACMA is planning a move into South LA. Find out how it connects to its proposed makeover of Miracle Mile. Meanwhile, Latin American artists at LACMA take on the idea of home -- and find it has emotional and political meaning.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-trumps_american_idea_lacmas_expansion_the_idea_of_home-170613.mp3




LACMA wants to expand into South LA

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

LACMA wants to turn a defunct MTA facility in South LA into a new space for exhibitions, educational programming and art storage. What would this mean for the neighboring community, and for LACMA's other major project: to renovate its main campus on Wilshire Boulevard?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-lacma_wants_to_expand_into_south_la-170613.mp3




Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-securing_public_spaces_super_wealthy_asians-170606.mp3




Can driverless cars solve our traffic woes?

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Driverless cars are being touted as the future of mobility. But we’re seeing some bumps in the road. A high-profile arrangement between the city of Pittsburgh and the ride hailing company Uber to test their autonomous vehicles appears to have fallen apart. What does this mean for driverless cars in LA and elsewhere?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-can_driverless_cars_solve_our_traffic_woes-170531.mp3




Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back

Tue, 30 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture? 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-farewell_la_freeways_peter_shire_is_back-170530.mp3




Bus ridership declines in LA

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Ridership on LA Metro buses continues to decline across Los Angeles. Passengers say the service needs improvement. Metro now wants to overhaul the system's 170 lines and 15,000 stops, and is conducting a study due out in April, 2019. How are other cities dealing with this issue?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-bus_ridership_declines_in_la-170524.mp3




The Art of Manufacturing, Apple's new headquarters

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

What's one mile around, has a four-story glass door, and looks like a spaceship? DnA gets a tour of Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino. And we learn about Los Angeles' creative economy, and why LA is a hotbed for manufacturing.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_art_of_manufacturing_apples_new_headquarters-170523.mp3




Border wall builders, private art museums, Stamen Design

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

An LA city councilman wants companies who want to do business with LA to disclose if they're also working on the US-Mexico border wall. Forget old-school bar graphs and pie charts -- depicting data has become an art form. And another private art museum opens soon in Los Angeles, but this one takes you into the fascinating world of freemasonry.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-border_wall_builders_private_art_museums_stamen_design-170516.mp3




Uber at the LA Times, Preserving LA, 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Uber moves into the Times Mirror Square complex in downtown LA. Preservationists want Frank Gehry to incorporated a mid-century bank into his mixed-use project on Sunset. And Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale uses color and costume to make a dystopian story visually stunning.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-uber_at_the_la_times_preserving_la_the_handmaids_tale-170509.mp3




Ron Finley saves his garden

Wed, 03 May 2017 18:44:00 -0700

South LA's "Gangsta Gardener" has won out. Ron Finley, a community gardener and activist for healthy food in underserved neighborhoods, has managed to overcome a threat of eviction after successfully buying his property from an Agoura Hills developer.

 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-ron_finley_saves_his_garden-170503.mp3




Michelle Obama, LA 2024, Vespertine

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Vespertine fuses taste, sight, sound, smell and touch in a novel eating experience coming to Culver City. We'll hear from chef Jordan Kahn and architect Eric Owen Moss. Bill Hanway updates us on LA's 2024 Olympic bid, on the eve of a visit from the International Olympic Committee. And former first lady Michelle Obama tells architects why they matter.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-michelle_obama_la_2024_vespertine-170502.mp3




African-American architect Paul Revere Williams gets AIA's top honor

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Paul Revere Williams was a trailblazing African-American architect in Los Angeles. This week the American Institute of Architects is set to honor him with a posthumous Gold Medal for lifetime achievement.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-african_american_architect_paul_revere_williams_gets_aias_top_honor-170426.mp3




Neutra landmark, Thom Mayne's home, I.M. Pei turns 100

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Pioneering architect Richard Neutra's Silver Lake home has been added to the list of national historic landmarks, with an assist from Rep. Adam Schiff. Thom Mayne's new house in Cheviot Hills replaces the former home of writer Ray Bradbury, and the neighbors like it! Paul Revere Williams posthumously gets AIA's top prize, and I.M. Pei turns 100.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-neutra_landmark_thom_maynes_home_i_m_pei_turns_100-170425.mp3




A new park springs from ancient soil

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:44:00 -0700

This Saturday, Los Angeles State Historic Park will celebrate its newly-renovated green space with a party that's been 16 years in the making.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-a_new_park_springs_from_ancient_soil-170419.mp3




Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-symbols_of_protest_lighting_up_edm_festivals-170418.mp3




Santa Monica's historic Sears store to be repurposed

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:44:00 -0700

When the Sears store in Santa Monica opened in 1947, thousands of people lined up around the block to get in. Seventy years later, it is being mothballed, joining hundreds of other closures of US department stores.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-santa_monicas_historic_sears_store_to_be_repurposed-170418.mp3




LA cleantech's future, music photographer Mick Rock

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

As President Trump embraces dirty fuels, what happens to LA's burgeoning cleantech industry? Start-up companies are planning for an uncertain future but staying optimistic. Veteran photographer Mick Rock defined a musical era. Now the camera has been turned on him. Mick Rock and Barnaby Clay talk about capturing glam and its legacy in Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-la_cleantechs_future_music_photographer_mick_rock-170411.mp3




Border wall designs pour in, but is the project even real?

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:44:00 -0700

Hundreds of companies have expressed interest in participating in the construction of a new US-Mexican border wall. The designs range in terms of materials, shapes and complexity. But many questions still remain about the project and how it will be funded.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-border_wall_designs_pour_in_but_is_the_project_even_real-170405.mp3




Drought-friendly lawns, gangsta gardener, Aeron chair

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Fear of drought has inspired a new look in landscaping. But could an abundance of rainfall bring back bad old habits? Plus, gangsta gardener Ron Finley fights for his Eden in South LA. And Aeron chair co-designer Don Chadwick explains why designers should not be "dumbhanded."


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-drought_friendly_lawns_gangsta_gardener_aeron_chair-170404.mp3




Watergate Offices, Trump Hotel; 'The Price of Illusion'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Joan Juliet Buck was fired from the helm of French Vogue and later wrote an ill-timed profile of a tyrant's wife. Now she examines her life in The Price of Illusion. And architecture meets politics in the Watergate complex and Trump's hotel in DC's Old Post Office Building.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-watergate_offices_trump_hotel_the_price_of_illusion-170328.mp3




Parker Center one vote away from demolition

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:44:00 -0700

The former headquarters of the LAPD avoided a date with the wrecking ball Wednesday after a vote on its fate was postponed due to a clerical error. But city leaders are still moving ahead, despite concerns from preservationists.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-parker_center_one_vote_away_from_demolition-170322.mp3




Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0700

The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-building_homes_near_freeways_rick_owens_furniture-170321.mp3




How DC's post office became Trump Hotel

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:44:00 -0700

In Washington, DC, the historic Old Post Office Pavilion has earned a second life as Trump International Hotel. The luxury hotel with a restaurant and bar has become a favorite hangout for the DC elite. It’s also earned criticism -- including a lawsuit by owners of a nearby wine bar -- because President Trump, his family and White House staffers continually promote the hotel.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-how_dcs_post_office_became_trump_hotel-170315.mp3




Big plans for tiny houses, homes for hope

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0700

The tiny house movement is booming, even though in most places, people can't legally live in them. But that didn't stop a group of enthusiasts from learning how to build one at CAFAM. What will they do with their tiny homes? And as Angelenos have passed measures to build more housing for the homeless, a group of architecture students is trying to speed up access to shelter -- with designs for temporary housing with "curb appeal."


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-big_plans_for_tiny_houses_homes_for_hope-170314.mp3




Measure S was defeated. Now what?

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:44:00 -0800

An effort to slow development in Los Angeles has failed, with Measure S receiving less than a third of LA voters' support. So what's next?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-measure_s_was_defeated_now_what-170308.mp3




Bidding on the border wall, new apartment architecture

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0800

President Trump wants to build a border wall along the US-Mexican border, and hundreds of construction and engineering companies are lining up to help. Who’s interested, and why? Plus, as Los Angeles gets taller and denser, more of us will be living in apartments. We look to other global cities for design inspiration, and hear from an L.A. architect who is embracing an apartment-centric future.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-bidding_on_the_border_wall_new_apartment_architecture-170307.mp3




Life's a game, 'Never Built New York'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Much of daily life is spent on menial tasks but game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost says it's time to think of chores the way we think of playing games -- as fun. And, big dreamers built New York, but what about the dreams that got away? Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin talk about Never Built New York, and what LA can learn from the Big Apple's missed opportunities.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-lifes_a_game_never_built_new_york-170228.mp3




A walking tour of Compton architecture

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Architecture buffs can take a walking tour this Sunday highlighting the work of black architects in Compton. The tour is in honor of Black History Month, and is an offshoot of a new map documenting the contributions of African American designers and architects in Los Angeles.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-a_walking_tour_of_compton_architecture-170223.mp3




Production design, art and politics, the creative mind

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0800

What makes production design so special? We consider the five Oscar nominees this year for production design and why their films stand out. As artists respond to President Trump's administration, we look how art movements became weapons in the past century's great ideological battles. And what makes a person creative? And what does the Cold War have to do with it? A historic study of the minds of the greatest Mid-Century architects is described in a new book.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-production_design_art_and_politics_the_creative_mind-170221.mp3




Santa Monica leads the way in seismic retrofit plan

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Santa Monica is one step closer to having the most extensive, earthquake retrofitting program in the nation. The City Council gave tentative approval Tuesday night to a plan that could require safety enhancements for as many as 2,000 buildings. City leaders say the action is long overdue.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-santa_monica_leads_the_way_in_seismic_retrofit_plan-170215.mp3




Connecting The Bloc, modernist art, mapping the heart

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Retailers in LA have been slow to welcome transit riders into their stores, but that's changing: a new passageway connects The Bloc directly to the Metro. Will Angelenos use it? As Modernism Week kicks off in Palm Springs, we hear about two Los Angeles exhibitions of modernist art, design and architecture. And an engineer has created a 3D model of the human heart, inspired by his daughter's heart condition.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-connecting_the_bloc_modernist_art_mapping_the_heart-170214.mp3




The Bloc, Metro open new portal to downtown transit riders

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Usually when you went to go to the mall you drive there, park, and then drive home. A new shopping area in downtown LA called The Bloc wants to make it easy to get there by train. So they’ve opened a pedestrian passageway that connects directly to the busy 7th Street/Metro Center station. This marks a shift in how retailers view public transit, and is meant to appeal to downtown's growing car-free residential population.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_bloc_metro_open_new_portal_to_downtown_transit_riders-170208.mp3




Measuring the impact of Measure S, Netflix on design

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Measure S, the development moratorium on the March 7 ballot in Los Angeles, could have a profound impact on the city’s future growth. But exactly how? Experts on both sides of the issue consider how S might affect high-profile projects already in the pipeline. And, Netflix explores the creative process of designers in their new documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design. 


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-measuring_the_impact_of_measure_s_netflix_on_design-170207.mp3




Elon Musk's plan to dig a tunnel under LA

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:44:00 -0800

Elon Musk has always claimed innovation as central to his reputation, from sending rockets into space to building luxury electric cars. Now he's taking on a different sort of problem: LA traffic.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-elon_musks_plan_to_dig_a_tunnel_under_la-170201.mp3




Santa Monica Airport, Trump's border wall

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

After years of fighting with the federal government, the City of Santa Monica has struck a deal to close its almost century-old airport in 2028, and shorten the runway right away. Is everyone happy with the agreement? What will happen to the valuable 227-acre site? Also, President Trump wants to build a US-Mexico border wall. Urban planner Michael Dear says we already have one, and it's proven ineffective.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-santa_monica_airport_trumps_border_wall-170131.mp3




Critics say Caruso development highlights need for planning reform

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso's planned 145-unit luxury residential tower near the Beverly Center is moving forward, despite public opposition. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-critics_say_caruso_development_highlights_need_for_planning_reform-170125.mp3




Pussyhat project, Ben Carson, building boom, Bjarke Ingels

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

How did a pink knitted hat become the symbol of a movement? We talk to a co-founder of the Pussyhat Project. Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros explains why Dr. Ben Carson deserves to oversee the nation's public housing program. Some cutting edge architects are designing large projects for a booming downtown, but will they get built? One of those is by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, and he explains his unconventional approach to the Arts District.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-pussyhat_project_ben_carson_building_boom_bjarke_ingels-170124.mp3




Chargers logo electrifies social media

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

Last week's decision to move the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles upset a lot of football fans in San Diego. But when the new L.A. Chargers logo was unveiled, that upset a lot of people too - because it was awful. The team promptly introduced two more logos, which were all ridiculed online. Why do new logos incite so much passion?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-chargers_logo_electrifies_social_media-170118.mp3




Trump's inauguration, developer donations

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

The chairman of President-elect Trump's inauguration committee says to expect a tone of "soft sensuality" at Friday's inauguration. What on Earth does that mean? And, Los Angeles officials want to ban political campaign contributions from developers who have projects pending before City Hall. Is that legal? Is it "misdirection" from the real problem: a dysfunctional planning process? And what does it have to do with efforts by some to slow growth in Los Angeles?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-trumps_inauguration_developer_donations-170117.mp3




Lucas Museum to come to LA

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

The force is apparently with Los Angeles. That's because LA beat out San Francisco for filmmaker George Lucas's new blockbuster museum. It's a big win for Southern California, and the complex is expected to be a boon for South LA.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-lucas_museum_to_come_to_la-170111.mp3




Connected tech at CES, Battersea's future

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

As everything from a hairbrush to a bikini becomes "smart," has the "Internet of Things" gone too far? DnA checks out the latest "smart" technology at CES. And we visit London's famed Battersea Power Station, where a massive high-end development anchored by Apple and a new US Embassy are revitalizing a rundown neighborhood. But some Londoners are asking, what's in it for us?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-connected_tech_at_ces_batterseas_future-170110.mp3




CES preview, designing the golden arches

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:30:00 -0800

CES, the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, turns 50 this year. Is it still relevant? And the fast food empire we know as McDonald's started as a burger stand in San Bernardino. Lisa Napoli explains how the post-World War II building boom of freeways and suburbs birthed a food culture.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-ces_preview_designing_the_golden_arches-170103.mp3




Year in review, Vern Yip, United Artists Theatre

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

A look back at 2016, losses and gains in design, architecture and a changing Los Angeles. Don't splurge at that New Year sale! Interior designer Vern Yip's new book advises people on how to carefully create beautiful spaces, with the help of a ruler. And we look at the rise and fall and rise again of a historic theater on DTLA's Broadway.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-year_in_review_vern_yip_united_artists_theatre-161227.mp3




Star architects come to LA, but will they get to build?

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Three star architecture firms from Europe have been tapped by LA developers to design massive, dense, infill developments in LA. It's exciting news for anyone who follows architecture. But will they get to realize these projects in a region that is resisting dense development even as it faces a huge housing crisis?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-star_architects_come_to_la_but_will_they_get_to_build-161221.mp3




Artist evictions; should a mid-century bank be saved?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

The Ghost Ship fire in Oakland has added to the insecurity of life for artists who've been occupying LA's warehouse spaces. And the City of Los Angeles approved a large Frank Gehry-designed project, but a mid-century bank building is complicating the plans.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-artist_evictions_should_a_mid_century_bank_be_saved-161220.mp3




Seniors evicted in Westwood; 'I Hate the Internet'

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Seniors are being kicked out of a Westwood Village independent living facility to make way for a luxury makeover. Is that an eviction too far? And did the Internet destroy hyper-gentrifying San Francisco -- and create a president? I Hate the Internet author Jarett Kobek says yes.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-seniors_evicted_in_westwood_i_hate_the_internet-161213.mp3




'La La Land,' Mann house, underwater pavilions

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Los Angeles is a character in the romantic musical La La Land, from famed landmarks to infamous freeway traffic jams. The Germans come to the rescue of a Modernist house in the Pacific Palisades built by "father of German democracy" Thomas Mann. And artist Doug Aitken's latest installation involves diving gear and a trip to Catalina.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-la_la_land_mann_house_underwater_pavilions-161206.mp3




A streetcar is desired in downtown LA

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0800

The effort to bring a streetcar back to downtown Los Angeles passed another hurdle this week. The LA City Council voted 13-0 to approve a 3.8-mile route that includes Grand Park, the Convention Center, the Fashion District, and theaters and shops along Broadway.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-a_streetcar_is_desired_in_downtown_la-161130.mp3




Cuban architecture, Lewis MacAdams

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Fidel Castro is dead. What might his passing mean for the historic city of Havana, where development was stalled for almost 60 years? Lewis MacAdams, poet-activist, passes on the torch at Friends of the LA River. We discuss the future of the LA river with MacAdams and FOLAR's new Executive Director, Marissa Christiansen.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-cuban_architecture_lewis_macadams-161129.mp3




LA River's leading advocate Lewis MacAdams steps down

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:44:00 -0800

The Los Angeles River is losing one of its fiercest advocates. Lewis MacAdams founded Friends of the Los Angeles River three decades ago, and will soon step down as president.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-la_rivers_leading_advocate_lewis_macadams_steps_down-161123.mp3




SUVs are back, the family behind Wilshire Grand

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0800

The return of SUVs was the big trend at this year's LA Auto Show. And what is the future of electric mobility under a Trump administration? And the longtime LA architecture firm A.C. Martin Partners is putting the finishing touches on Wilshire Grand Center. Cousins Chris and David Martin discuss the challenges of building LA's tallest skyscraper and the firm's future.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-suvs_are_back_the_family_behind_wilshire_grand-161122.mp3




Wilshire Grand nears completion

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:44:00 -0800

There's a new supertall building in town. If you've been anywhere near downtown LA, even miles away, you've seen it go up.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-wilshire_grand_nears_completion-161116.mp3




Architects and Trump, a slow tech movement

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Architects erupt over a memo supportive of President-Elect Donald Trump, issued by the American Institute of Architects. And some Silicon Valley insiders are comparing tech to big tobacco or even gambling -- eager to sell people on a pleasure that is dangerously addictive. Is it time for a "slow technology" movement?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-architects_and_trump_a_slow_tech_movement-161115.mp3




Angelenos vote for density and transit

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:44:00 -0800

Voters in Los Angeles on Tuesday agreed to tax themselves to pay for mass transit, homeless housing, and parks. They also want developers to pay for affordable housing. And Santa Monica voters rejected a controversial anti-density measure.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-angelenos_vote_for_density_and_transit-161109.mp3




A new hope for Lucas Museum in LA, The Wangs vs. The World

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:44:00 -0800

Los Angeles and San Francisco are competing to play host to George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art, which comes with a site-specific design by Ma Yansong. Jade Chang draws from her experience covering LA's art and design scene in her first novel,The Wangs Vs. The World.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-a_new_hope_for_lucas_museum_in_la_the_wangs_vs_the_world-161108.mp3




Big pot embraces high design

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:44:00 -0700

Voters in California will decide next week whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Meanwhile, the fast-growing cannabis industry is turning to high-end product design and sleek new dispensaries to attract new customers and clean up its image.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-big_pot_embraces_high_design-161102.mp3




Designing dispensaries, the southland's growing pains

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0700

How does the booming marijuana industry shed its illicit image and attract new customers? By turning to high-end product design and sleek new dispensaries. And Santa Monica residents will vote next week on Measure LV. Will it slow growth or create new problems? The initiative is being closely watched as a bellwether for development in the Southland.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-designing_dispensaries_the_southlands_growing_pains-161101.mp3




Frank Gehry strips down on Sunset

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:44:00 -0700

A Frank Gehry-designed project on Sunset Boulevard is moving forward, despite neighborhood opposition.


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https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-frank_gehry_strips_down_on_sunset-161026.mp3




Designing your life, ghostland

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Can you "ideate" and "prototype" your way to a better, more fulfilling life? That’s the premise of the book Designing Your Life, though some designers question the use of "design thinking" as a means of career counselling and self-investigation. And in time for Halloween, the book Ghostland explores what kinds of architectural details make a place feel haunted, as well as what stories of hauntings tell us about our own prejudices and biases.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-designing_your_life_ghostland-161025.mp3




The problem with A/C, Neon City, Jewish LA

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

The world needs to cut back on HFCs but Americans love staying cold; does that mean you need to get a smaller fridge or turn off the air-conditioning? Los Angeles was once a city of neon; now the colorful gas lighting is making a comeback. Why? Avishay Artsy tours Jewish Los Angeles, and finds some of LA’s most noted designers and builders.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_problem_with_a_c_neon_city_jewish_la-161018.mp3




Police academy, smart gun, eat the river

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

The LAPD Academy in Elysian Park has undergone a makeover, as the department adapts to an era of community policing. An MIT freshman has created what's believed to be the first fingerprint-enabled smart gun. And a French artist finds inspiration in the cracked concrete of the Los Angeles River.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-police_academy_smart_gun_eat_the_river-161011.mp3




The suburban home of tomorrow

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:44:00 -0700

Back when most people had barely heard of a Prius or LEED certification, 300 builders and product designers committed to sustainable design gathered at a small convention called Greenbuild. Now it is one of the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to “green building” and holds its fifteenth annual conference and trade show this week at the LA Convention Center.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_suburban_home_of_tomorrow-161005.mp3




Patrick Shearn, Greenbuild, cargo shorts

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Artist Patrick Shearn, known for his eye-popping music festival installations, goes public, with musical clouds inside Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Liquid Shard. LA welcomes the Greenbuild Conference; but what is next in sustainability now greenbuilding has gone mainstream? Plus, we investigate the gender wars that have erupted over a men's fashion choice: cargo shorts.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-patrick_shearn_greenbuild_cargo_shorts-161004.mp3




YIMBYs rise up to support development

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:44:00 -0700

We've all heard of NIMBYs: people who oppose growth because they don't want their neighborhoods to change. Now, there's a counter-movement forming of people who say the only way to solve the housing crisis in expensive cities is to keep building.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-yimbys_rise_up_to_support_development-160928.mp3




The Europeans are coming! Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron in LA

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Some high-profile European architects have projects in the works for the Southland and have waded into the argument about density. DnA looks at projects both spiritual and commercial from famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA, and we check out a mammoth mixed-use project in the Arts District by Herzog & de Meuron.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_europeans_are_coming_koolhaas_herzog_de_meuron_in_la-160927.mp3




Smithsonian's new African-American museum, YIMBY movement

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Smithsonian's newest museum is a striking homage to African-American history and culture. We get the inside scoop from the architects and reviews from critics on the building and its artifacts. And move over NIMBYs: the pro-development, YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) movement is heating up across the country, and here in Los Angeles.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-smithsonians_new_african_american_museum_yimby_movement-160920.mp3




Utopia and Arcosanti, Gemini G.E.L. and Mixografia

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Utopian thinking is back, as Silicon Valley envisions smart cities. Is there anything to learn from an older social and architectural experiment in the Arizona desert? We visit Arcosanti. And, when you see artwork in museums and galleries, does all the credit belong to the artist? A new show at LACMA puts the spotlight on LA's printmakers behind the fine art.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-utopia_and_arcosanti_gemini_g_e_l_and_mixografia-160913.mp3




Santa Monica's Measure LV is being watched around the southland

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:44:00 -0700

The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is measure on the March 2017 ballot that would restrict development in Los Angeles. Folks behind NII are supporting another slow-growth ballot measure - this one in Santa Monica. DnA on ATC looks at LUVE, or Measure LV and asks what it means for downtown Santa Monica, and the region.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-santa_monicas_measure_lv_is_being_watched_around_the_southland-160907.mp3




Driverless cars, sitcom house plans

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Uber is launching a fleet of semi-autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburgh. What does this mean for the design of the city and for Uber drivers? And what will it feel like to be a passenger in a driverless car of the future? Plus, an artist draws plans of the imaginary homes of his favorite TV sitcoms.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-driverless_cars_sitcom_house_plans-160906.mp3




The struggle over growth, from Santa Monica to Boyle Heights

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

From Santa Monica to Boyle Heights, residents are fighting development. Are their concerns connected? And is slowing growth the answer to maintaining affordable housing across the region? DnA reports from the most and the least affluent communities in the Southland.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_struggle_over_growth_from_santa_monica_to_boyle_heights-160830.mp3




Will LACMA's new building win over the critics?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:44:00 -0700

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is moving forward with a plan to replace four buildings on its campus with a new building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Critics say the building is dark, monolithic, and would disrupt the flow of Wilshire Boulevard. Others describe it as "restrained" and "calm" and a good fit for an institution like LACMA.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-will_lacmas_new_building_win_over_the_critics-160824.mp3




Saving Pereira's buildings, 'Wear and Tear'

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Los Angeles architect William Pereira is getting renewed interest, as two of his prominent works are set to be torn down. And Tracy Tynan, a costume designer in LA, talks about she found meaning in clothing during a chaotic childhood.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-saving_pereiras_buildings_wear_and_tear-160823.mp3




Public swimming pools and the "mindscape" of Los Angeles

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:44:00 -0700

Simone Manuel's Olympic win has put a spotlight on the history and politics of access to aquatics. Swimming in America has a history of racial exclusion. DnA visited the newly-rebuilt Central Recreation Center Pool in South LA to learn what the City of Los Angeles is doing to create "access and opportunity" for all.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-public_swimming_pools_and_the_mindscape_of_los_angeles-160817.mp3




Swimming pools and public art

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Simone Manuel's Olympic win highlights the politics of access to public swimming pools. We visit a gorgeous, newly-restored pool in South LA and ask if the color barrier to swimming has been lifted. And private murals and public installations are turning the outdoors into a gallery. What's behind the explosion of public art?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-swimming_pools_and_public_art-160816.mp3




The streets are alive with public art

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:44:00 -0700

If you have visitors in town and you want to show them some art, do you take them to a museum or gallery, or do you head outdoors? Right now the streets are alive with public art, some of it commissioned by the City and Department of Cultural Affairs or by Metro, some of it appearing overnight on walls around town.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-the_streets_are_alive_with_public_art-160810.mp3




Tesla gigafactory, Whole Foods design, Ben Medansky

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

A tour of Tesla's new gigafactory, under construction in the Nevada desert and how that intersects with CEO Elon Musk's latest master plan. We compare two Whole Foods stores and a look at the seductive power of supermarket design. And, ceramicist Ben Medansky, talks about the support that followed a fire that destroyed his downtown LA studio.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-tesla_gigafactory_whole_foods_design_ben_medansky-160809.mp3




It's not all bad news in Rio

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:44:00 -0700

You've heard the horror stories about this year's Brazil Olympics - from blocked toilets and unfinished infrastructure to toxic water and a political coup. But that's not the full picture. LA-based architecture and engineering company AECOM created the master plan for the Rio Olympics and promises that Brazilians are going to put on a terrific games.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-its_not_all_bad_news_in_rio-160804.mp3




Building the Olympics, tropical modernism, egamer wear

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Corruption, toxic waters, building delays… will Brazil's Olympic "nomadic architecture" deliver after a difficult construction process? If running, jumping and swimming are not your thing, you can tune into Rio's eGames. But do gamers really need athletic wear? And Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi gets her moment in the sun.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-building_the_olympics_tropical_modernism_egamer_wear.mp3




Design for Skid Row, Politics as Spectacle, Sewing Machine Ravel

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

How much is a political convention about the message or the messaging? Simon Doonan explains. Fashion lover Lun*na Menoh makes music with sewing machines. And a tour through projects by Skid Row Housing Trust explores how much good design can alleviate the trauma of homelessness.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-design_for_skid_row_politics_as_spectacle_sewing_machine_ravel.mp3




It's Not Your Grandparents' Political Conventions Anymore

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Gone are the days of your grandparents' political conventions. Now, these events are carefully designed to dazzle the audience, especially the television audience. And with a reality TV star at the top of the Republican ticket, Donald Trump is sure to produce a spectacle.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-its_not_your_grandparents_political_conventions_anymore.mp3




Cleveland's Public Square, VR Coasters, Pokémon GO

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Augmented reality, virtual reality and the future of the city: Cleveland's historic Public Square is remade, just in time for speakers not invited to the Republican National Convention. To revamp an old coaster, just add VR goggles. What does the success of Pokémon GO tell us about future cities created by techies? 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-clevelands_public_square_vr_coasters_pokemon_go.mp3




Can Metro Boost Ridership with Transit-Oriented Development?

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

Ridership on the Expo Line rose by nearly 60 percent in the month of June compared to April, but average weekday trips continue to decline. Why, and can the trend be reversed by building close to the train stations?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-can_metro_boost_ridership_with_transit_oriented_development.mp3




LA Sports Arena, Architecture’s Odd Couple, Aaron Axelrod, Prince of Venice

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

The LA Memorial Sports Arena is nearing demolition, and fans can bid to take a piece of it home. Historian Howard Hugh dishes on architects Philip Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “frenemy” relationship. Ayahuasca inspires Aaron Axelrod’s installation at Barnsdall Art Park. And an exiled Italian prince is making a splash in LA’s food truck scene.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-la_sports_arena_architectures_odd_couple_aaron_axelrod_prince_of_venice.mp3




A Much-Needed Makeover for The Ford Theatre

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:44:00 -0700

At nearly a century old, the historic John Anson Ford Theatres complex was in desperate need of repair. After nearly two years for renovations, the amphitheater will reopen on Friday, July 8 with a new stage, lighting, sound insulation, catering and other amenities.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-a_much_needed_makeover_for_the_ford_theatre.mp3




Obama Library, Silver Lake Reservoir, Tes-Loop

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:30:00 -0700

President Obama and the First Lady have chosen Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design the presidential library in Chicago. Residents of Silver Lake want their beloved reservoir refilled, the Ford Theatre gets a major facelift, and bike share comes to downtown. And Tesla’s recent auto-pilot crash could mean speed bumps for an LA-based shuttle service that uses self-driving Tesla cars.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/etc/de/KCRW-design_and_architecture-obama_library_silver_lake_reservoir_tes_loop.mp3