Design and Architecture
By KCRW, Frances Anderton
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Host Frances Anderton looks at design and architecture from a Los Angeles perspective.
||CleanHollywood’s long-dormant Target may finally be completed||If you have driven by the intersection of Sunset and Western over the last few years you may have noticed a yellow-wrapped, half-finished big box. It’s been dormant for so long the yellow has faded to almost white. This is the Target store that...||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDowntown dog owners; Soul of a Nation||Almost every residential development in downtown aims to attract pet owners, and doggie businesses outnumber those aimed at children. We’ll hear how dogs helped bring DTLA to life and are now impacting the design of buildings. Art from the black...||3/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLA County pushes for pet-friendly housing||If you’ve ever had to search for a place to rent, you know the phrase: “no pets allowed.” This can be a dealbreaker, especially if you’re homeless and would rather stay on the street than give up your beloved companion. This week LA...||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew life for old buildings: MOCA, a Hollywood library, Target Husk||MOCA’s new director Klaus Biesenbach plans to restore “luminosity” -- and, maybe, water -- to the Grand Avenue building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Arata Isozaki. Also, if you own an abandoned building or a vacant lot in Los Angeles,...||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPritzker winner Arata Isozaki’s MOCA to be revamped, with water feature||The Pritzker Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Arata Isozaki, the 87-year-old Japanese architect with a career ranging from brutalist libraries to an inflatable purple concert hall. His most famous building is LA’s MOCA, or Museum of Contemporary...||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan you design your way out of smartphone addiction?||Your smartphone is addictive. Do you need to “Marie Kondo” your apps, put down the phone altogether, or use it as a “drug” dispensary? DnA takes a tour of hidden LA bars that ban phones, talks with a computer scientist who recommends...||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMetro eyes fees on ride-hailing services||In a bid to raise funds for mass transit improvement, LA’s Metro board will vote tomorrow to study a range of strategies that include congestion pricing and taxing ride-hailing services. But what Metro really needs to do, many Angelenos say, is...||2/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrank Gehry turns 90, Metro considers congestion pricing||Angelenos hate traffic but aren't flocking to mass transit. Will congestion pricing and fees on ride-hailing services change their minds? Metro’s board is about to vote on a package of revenue-raising, congestion-reducing measures, and listeners...||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs California ready for an autobahn?||High-speed rail is going off the tracks. Now state Republicans are floating the idea of an autobahn through the Central Valley. A lawmaker is proposing new lanes through the Central Valley without speed limits, arguing that it would reduce...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe costume, hair and makeup artists that make Hollywood sparkle||Would Christian Bale be nominated for his portrayal of Dick Cheney without help from prosthetics? Will 3D printed crowns beat out bejeweled crowns? DnA is focusing on two crafts: hair and make-up and costume -- following a drama over the proposed,...||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs California’s bullet train still on track?||Gov. Gavin Newsom is pumping the brakes on California’s high speed rail project. Or is he? His comments in his first State of the State address have supporters and opponents of the bullet train questioning the project’s future.v||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrieze LA; Modernism Week||The Coachella Valley comes into bloom with Desert X and Modernism Week. But some of the Desert X artworks raise questions about development in Palm Springs. And the art fair Frieze LA opens with a nod to its Hollywood clientele on the backlot at...||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn art bonanza in Los Angeles and beyond||As Hollywood awards season revs up, the LA art scene is also in full throttle. On DnA on ATC , Frances Anderton talks to All Things Considered host Steve Chiotakis about the launch of Desert X, a site-specific art biennial in the Coachella...||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVelvet Buzzsaw; USC’s architecture heist||"Velvet Buzzsaw” is a new thriller that takes on the contemporary art world with blood, gore and parody. DnA talks to writer/director Dan Gilroy as well as the real-life LA artist who made the paintings that kill. And in 2012 some furnishings...||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRams head to Super Bowl as stadium rises up||The LA Rams are going all the way this Sunday, taking on the New England Patriots for Super Bowl 53. Fans held a send-off rally this past weekend at the construction site for the new Rams and Chargers stadium in Inglewood. So how’s that massive...||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDestination Crenshaw; LA Art Season||In South LA’s Crenshaw District, a 1.3 mile public art project promises to honor a neighborhood’s history -- and stand against the threat of gentrification, as the train rolls in. As LA’s awards season gets underway so does its art season. The...||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConstruction worker shortage poses obstacle to building new housing||California’s new governor Gavin Newsom wants to build a lot more housing in the state: as many as half a million new houses a year. But who’s going to build all that housing? A new report from a labor think tank says the state is short about...||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharging LA drivers; Monocle eyes LA||The solution to Los Angeles traffic may be an unpopular one: charging people for using the roads in core districts at peak times. If Metro approves congestion pricing, it’d make Los Angeles the first city in the US to put a price tag on road use....||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreparing LA buildings for the Big One||On January 17, 1994, Angelenos were awoken at around 4:30 am by the earth shaking beneath us. The Northridge earthquake and its aftershocks killed 57 people, injured thousands, and toppled and damaged tens of thousands of buildings. Tomorrow marks...||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA radical act of rezoning; UK prepares for Brexit||Planners are calling Minneapolis the most radical city in America, after a vote to allow duplexes and triplexes to be built on lots previously zoned for only single-family homes. What are the chances something like this could happen in LA? And a...||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA “Marshall Plan” for homelessness||The state’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, called for a “California for all” in his inauguration speech this week. He also called for a “Marshall Plan” for affordable housing and said that “we have a homeless epidemic that should keep each...||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnergy use and CES, Hip Hop Architecture||The Consumer Electronics Show opens Tuesday in Las Vegas and there is buzz about 5G. But do we have the juice to power the increased speed and connectivity it will bring? DnA talks to net zero buildings engineer David Stillman. And hip hop has...||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe uncertain future of California’s bullet train||Governor Jerry Brown has championed California’s high-speed rail project. But as he passes the baton to Gavin Newsom, its future is in question. Newsom has openly considered scaling back high speed rail. Republicans want the project cancelled...||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHome in LA, from the tent to the gigamansion||On Christmas Day, many people will be at home with loved ones. But what kind of home exactly? A “gigamansion” in the hills where you’ll have a jellyfish room but you might not bump into your guests? Or a tent on Venice Beach, with a great...||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTunnel vision: separating hype from reality at Elon Musk's big reveal||In a city that has gone mad for tunneling, Elon Musk has managed to keep the spotlight on his Boring Company with a drip-drip of titillating news about his underground drilling project in Hawthorne. Months of wondering if this was all more talk than...||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Interesting Topics and Varying POVs
LA focused talk about design and infrastructure. It generally delves into current issues, trying to breakdown different viewpoints and motivations. Surprised by the negative comments here, bc I think the topics and content are great. It is helpful for navigating the complexities of such a sprawling city. This has yet to become the habitual listening some of my other fav podcasts have, but I've enjoyed every episode I've listened to.
A nice cultural cross-section of L.A.
A clever and informative way of telling the story of a young major city. Bravo.
Strange hosting for this type of podcast
It's...not what I expected. It feels like the host is angling for sensational takes on "hot" design "issues," but that is probably an inaccurate and unfair perception on my part. The reason I have that perception is a simple fact however: the host scatters emphasis across sentences like a local news anchor and asks questions with that peculiar tone of winking incredulity you hear on local news. I couldn't get through more than one episode without becoming annoyed and disinterested.