25 episodes

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

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    • 4.4, 147 Ratings

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

    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...

    • 18 min
    XPRIZE’s $1 million face mask contest, and the link between urban design and immunity

    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...

    • 31 min
    For an art conservator, it's hard to say goodbye to Confederate statues

    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...

    • 18 min
    How structural racism shaped LA, and what developers can do about it

    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...

    • 16 min
    Google and Twitter tell staff to keep working from home. What will happen to creative offices?

    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...

    • 16 min
    Can LA be greener, cleaner, slower following COVID-19?

    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...

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 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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