Photo: The Six, designed by Brooks + Scarpa Architects for Skid Row Housing Trust. Photo courtesy of Skid Row Housing Trust.
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Does quality of design matter when you've got thousands of homeless people to rehouse? Yes, if you are Skid Row Housing Trust, the nonprofit developer that taps creative architects in the belief that well-designed supportive housing can enable recovery from the trauma of living on the streets, and knit housing for the formerly homeless into the life of the city.
DnA talks with the head of Skid Row Housing Trust, residents and architects of Star Apartments, the Six and New Genesis, and the editor of “Design Resources for Homelessness.”
Jill Pable, Florida State University / Design Resources for Homelessness (@jillpable)
Mike Alvidrez, Skid Row Housing Trust (@skidroworg)
Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture (@maltzanarch)
Wade Killefer, Killefer Flammang Architects (@kfalosangeles)
Angela Brooks, Brooks + Scarpa (@brooksscarpa)
The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia differs in substance from the GOP Convention in Cleveland, but it creates a similar spectacle. Simon Doonan is the Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York who once designed the Christmas decorations for the White House. He brings his inside knowledge of politicians to bear on the clothing and staging of the 2016 conventions and the candidates.
First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the Convention
Photo by Paul von Zielbauer/KCRW
Doonan on "zsooshing" ones way to the White House
Doonan on runway looks for the campaign trail
CBS reports on the glitzy makeovers at the 2016 political conventions
Christopher Hawthorne on the minimalism of the GOP convention
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