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24 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
LA architect rebuilds after Woolsey Fire and reflects on living in the wildland-urban interface
Geoffrey von Oeyen completed a dream house for his brother, only to see it destroyed by the Woolsey Fire two years ago. As he nears completion on the rebuild, he reflects on living in the wildland-urban interface. Also, Janna Ireland is on a mission to tell stories about Black people and their creativity. She talks about her new photo book of buildings by the architect Paul Revere Williams.
24 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Roman Mars turns ‘99% Invisible’ city into a 100% visible book
Roman Mars has spent 10 years using his radio show “99% Invisible” to reveal the everyday quirks and delights of cities. Now he’s co-written a book called “The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design.” Mars talks with DnA about tales from LA, writing for print v. radio, and whether he secretly yearns to be a designer.
31 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
In an age of loneliness, Treehouse offers community that’s carefully curated and designed
Americans are experiencing an epidemic of loneliness. A coliving project in Hollywood was designed to remedy it. Then came a pandemic. Ten months after its opening, DnA explores the design of Treehouse with creative director Sean Knibb, architect Jeff Soler, and reporter Adriana Cargill. Some residents also share how the project just might be what the doctor ordered at a time of extreme isolation.
29 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Air conditioning becomes a weapon against infection, D.J. Waldie finds the soul in Los Angeles
Ventilation has become a life or death issue as as experts find that COVID-19 infections increase in poorly ventilated interiors. DnA looks into the extreme measures being taken to improve air conditioning and asks whether outside air is cheaper and healthier. D.J. Waldie has a writerly gift for divining the “sacred ordinariness” in the fabric of Los Angeles. In his new book “Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place,” Waldie reckons with himself and the region in a post-George Floyd world, while illuminating details of LA life, from telecopters to the tiles at Union Station.
29 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
How Bill English helped create the computer mouse, and the effort to change the face of architecture
California has around 21,000 licensed architects, and 300 of them are Black. SoCalNOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) hopes to change that through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge. SoCalNOMA President Lance Collins also talks about decolonizing architecture education and finding an African American architectural language. Computer engineer William English made the mouse a reality. His son John reflects on his father’s work, how William English felt about Apple’s version of the mouse, and how the mouse got its name.
19 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
City of Santa Monica lets restaurants serve in parking lanes, taking on the primacy of the automobile
The restaurants on Santa Monica’s Main Street took a huge hit from the COVID-19 shutdown. So the city government, restaurant owners and nearby residents hatched a plan: get rid of parking and give over the space to diners. In doing so, they created European-style al fresco dining, and took on the primacy of the automobile in Los Angeles. They also presented restaurants with a design challenge: how do you make a patch of asphalt with heavy concrete barriers into an attractive destination?
32 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
XPRIZE’s $1 million face mask contest, and the link between urban design and immunity
XPRIZE is offering $1 million to designers of a protective face mask that people will actually want to wear. Also, many buildings and neighborhoods are designed in a way that help cause chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Richard Jackson, pediatrician and city design consultant, talks about why well-lit staircases, green roofs, bike lanes, and pleasant sidewalks matter, especially in the time of coronavirus.
18 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
For an art conservator, it's hard to say goodbye to Confederate statues
Statues of slave traders and Confederate leaders are being toppled or defaced during protests following the killing of George Floyd. How does that feel to a conservator who has worked on some of them? Andrew Baxter installs and restores sculptures and monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. He talks about his craft, the criticism he has received, and his growing “awakening” about whether symbols of racism should go.
17 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
How structural racism shaped LA, and what developers can do about it
Redlining, restrictive covenants, urban renewal, and building freeways through communities of color are all ways Los Angeles was shaped by structural racism. Now gentrification is a challenge. Real estate development consultant Judith Taylor explains how race has shaped place, and the work she is doing to bring equity and local investment into new development in South LA.
17 minutes | May 21, 2020
Google and Twitter tell staff to keep working from home. What will happen to creative offices?
Big tech companies have remade the workplace in recent years with creative offices designed to stimulate disruption. Now Google and Twitter are telling employees they can keep on working at home — indefinitely. What does that mean for the workplace as a hub of ideas and socializing?
22 minutes | May 7, 2020
Can LA be greener, cleaner, slower following COVID-19?
LA City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell talks about his plan to incentivize telecommuting after stay-at-home orders are lifted and other ideas for a greener, cleaner LA. Also, futurist Liam Young says there’s a path toward a slower pace and deeper humanity.
18 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Coronavirus tests the values of global cities like LA
The pandemic has brought many people pain and anxiety. To Wouter Vanstiphout, a professor of “design as politics,” it has also brought clarity about the weaknesses in the “shiny global city” and its culture, economy and values. Vanstiphout asks if cities based on tourism, fossil fuels and hypercompetitiveness can survive the coronavirus.
18 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Based on past pandemics, coronavirus will bring changes to buildings and cities
Pandemics can bring about innovation, especially in design and architecture. Sam Lubell talks to DnA about changes that may come to buildings and urban design in response to COVID-19.
6 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Interior designer Kelly Wearstler can help make your home work for you
You are working at home. But is your home working for you? Kelly Wearstler has some tips to improve your interior, at whatever scale.
19 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Kelly Wearstler shares tips from her interior design MasterClass
Kelly Wearstler has held reign in interior design since arriving in Los Angeles in the 1990s. She’s now teaching an online MasterClass. Her tips for improving one's space might be timely for people sheltering in place.
8 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Construction continues as coronavirus grinds economy to a halt
LA’s construction sites are still a hotbed of activity, deemed an essential service. Could they become hotbeds for COVID-19 too?
20 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
White House urges Americans to wear face masks in public. Here’s how to make your own
The CDC is recommending that all Americans should wear cloth masks or other face coverings if they go out in public — amid new concerns that infected people with no symptoms can still spread COVID-19.
17 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Long-time champion of public space reflects on impact of coronavirus on city life
LA was once a destination for people who wanted to get away from crowded East Coast cities. The ideal was a single home with a yard and a car in the driveway. But over the last few decades, planners, designers and activists like Aaron Paley (co-founder of cicLAvia) have worked tirelessly to transform the Southland into a more social place, where people use mass transit and gather in streets and parks.
8 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Do handsewn face masks protect against coronavirus?
As hospitals, clinics and other community organizations face a shortage of masks during the COVID-19 outbreak, homebound sewers have stepped up to help, from DIY crafters to fashion companies. Are homemade masks helpful to medical staff?
17 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
With spring design fairs and travel on hold, LA designers get creative with constraints
In a normal year, many Angeleno designers and showroom owners would be packing their bags soon to head to Milan for Salone del Mobile, the massive furniture fair. But now Italy is on lockdown, and the fair has been postponed, along with High Point Market in North Carolina and numerous other expos, fairs and festivals. Salone and High Point, originally scheduled in April, have moved to June, assuming quarantines have lifted. How are Los Angeles designers and showroom owners responding?
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