25 episodes

Host Frances Anderton looks at design and architecture from a Los Angeles perspective.

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    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 162 Ratings

Host Frances Anderton looks at design and architecture from a Los Angeles perspective.

    LA architect rebuilds after Woolsey Fire and reflects on living in the wildland-urban interface

    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.

    • 23 min
    Roman Mars turns ‘99% Invisible’ city into a 100% visible book

    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.

    • 24 min
    In an age of loneliness, Treehouse offers community that’s carefully curated and designed

    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.

    • 30 min
    Air conditioning becomes a weapon against infection, D.J. Waldie finds the soul in Los Angeles

    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.

    • 28 min
    How Bill English helped create the computer mouse, and the effort to change the face of architecture

    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.

    • 28 min
    City of Santa Monica lets restaurants serve in parking lanes, taking on the primacy of the automobile

    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?

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

danielle_marie_ ,

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.

Selanne55533388761 ,

A nice cultural cross-section of L.A.

A clever and informative way of telling the story of a young major city. Bravo.

elixb ,

Fantastic on Public transportation

I listen to this podcast mainly for the episodes on public transportation, especially in LA. The episodes are educational and the speakers featured on different episodes are knowledgeable and entertaining. I look forward to listening to future developments and changes in LA transit!

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