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Design and Architecture

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


The Art of Ritual: Coachella, Passover, a Schindler Church

DnA explores the art of ritual in a season of festivals from Coachella, Passover and an abandoned Schindler church in South L.A. more >>

Shigeru Ban, Zaha Hadid and Ethics in Architecture

Shigeru Ban is praised for humanitarianism; Zaha Hadid is criticized for inhumanity. What are the ethics and responsibilities of architects? more >>

Silicon Valley Gets an Edifice Complex

Tech titans in suburban Silicon Valley are trading in their regular office buildings for starchitect-designed campuses. more >>

Design and Architecture At – and In – the Movies; with Simon Doonan, Geoff McFetridge, Kyle Bergman

Design in – and At – the movies. Simon Doonan on dreary Oscar gowns; Geoff McFetridge on Her dreamy subway map; Kyle Bergman screens films about design and architecture. more >>

Designing for Showtime in Sochi and Hollywood: The Olympic Park, Her and Gravity

Jerry Anderson talks about working with Russians on the design of Sochi Olympic Park. K.K. Barrett and Andy Nicholson discuss their production work, on Her and Gravity. more >>

Can the Southland Grow in an Age of Drought?

Can the Southland grow if drought is the new normal? Hadley Arnold says yes, with architecture that acts as a sponge. Plus, Dave Hickey, Maura Lucking and Gideon Brower. more >>

The Fight to Save an Ice Rink -- And a Liveable LA

Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, and Planet Granite responds. LA natives and urban critics debate the emerging LA of Her. more >>

A Parking Structure For Pedestrians; Ace Hotel Hits LA

A parking structure pedestrians can love; Ace Hotel opens in L.A. more >>

Holiday Time with Frozen, Minecraft, Ugly Sweaters, Muji

DnA celebrates the holidays with the “truth” behind Frozen, why parents love Minecraft; plus, Los Angeles welcomes Midwestern “ugly sweaters” and Japanese style. more >>

Has Obamacare Delivered a Gold Rush for Medical Devices?

Medical Device makers are complaining about Obamacare but Stuart Karten says the ACA is heralding a golden era for the design of health care products. more >>

Mobility Changes in the Capital of the Car

The L.A. Auto Show heralds a look at the changing shape of transportation: from hydrogen fuel cell and autonomous cars to the Hyperloop, and an argument between bicycles. … more >>

A Different Kind of 'American Beauty'

A different kind of density: Las Casitas brings crowds and joy to the suburbs. Alissa Walker meets Bari Ziperstein; Edward Dimendberg explains Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. … more >>

Obamacare, Creative Confidence, IDEO and the User Experience has highlighted the challenges of web site design. David and Tom Kelley and other guests talk about creating an effective “user experience.” more >>

Inside the Fashion Asylum; Is the Sun Shining on Solar?

Simon Doonan talks about the connection between madness and fashion. Plus, a look at the future of solar in California; and bantering appliances in Everything Talks. more >>

Art Center, Caltech and Idealab Accelerate Design Biz

Carren Jao reports on Art Center’s effort to turn its students into entrepreneurs. Plus, Matt Holzman reports on another LA project that was Never Built: DisneySea. more >>
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Frances Anderton

Since 2002, Frances Anderton has hosted DnA: Design and Architecture, exploring pressing design issues with users, critics and design luminaries. She also assisted with producing KCRW's national and local current affairs shows, To the Point, and Which Way, LA?, hosted by Warren Olney.



Produced by

Frances Anderton, Caroline Chamberlain

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 DnA Calendar

Catherine Opie
Through March 23: A show of new portraits and landscapes explores her roots in documentary photography as she utilizes techniques from traditional 17th century portraiture. Regen Projects, Culver City

Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.
Through March 24: A second show featuring Catherine Opie's work highlights her photos of the houses, freeways, landscapes and shopkeepers of Los Angeles, in a sense creating a portrait of the city. WUHO, Hollywood

March 20 & 21: Two days of design events and talks at the PDC, opening tomorrow with Degen Pener of the Hollywood Reporter, in conversation with designer Bradley Bayou and filmmaker Nancy Meyers. Join Frances for a panel Thursday about “California Design and What Matters Now.” PDC, West Hollywood 

Iwan Baan: The Way We Live
Through April 6: The celebrated architectural photographer will feature images of homes, landscapes and cities, including his now-famous shot of a powerless Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy. Perry Rubenstein, Hollywood

Through April 6: A show of graphic design work by the legendary Parisian duo Mathias Augustyniak and Michaël Amzalag, known as M/M. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Moments Measured
Through April 28: A new photography show how the medium is evocative of time and motion, like Robert Barnes' photo of a swarm of birds flying in a shape-shifting motion. LACMA, Miracle Mile

The Happy Show
Austrian-born graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister's exploration of “achieving happiness as a designer" through whimsical and quite witty projects. MOCA PDC, West Hollywood

Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA
April through July: The Getty presents a wide-ranging survey of the history and legacy of Modern architecture in Southern California through 11 exhibitions and ongoing programming at cultural institutions across the region. Various locations

Check these local organizations for more event listings: 

A+D Museum
Big City Forum
de LaB
LA Forum
LA Conservancy

DnA calendar edited by Alissa Walker