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Photo: The Six, designed by Brooks + Scarpa Architects for Skid Row Housing Trust. Photo courtesy of Skid Row Housing Trust.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

Skid Row Housing Trust 14 MIN, 46 SEC

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.”

Guests:
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?lang=en)

More:
Browse Skid Row Housing Trust buildings
Read LA Times article about Star Apartments
Read LA Times article on the resident mix at New Genesis
Curbed LA on the opening of The Six

The Spectacle of Politics 6 MIN, 53 SEC

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

Guests:
Simon Doonan, Barneys New York / Slate (@simondoonan)

More:
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

Sewing Machine Bolero 5 MIN, 40 SEC

The sound of a sewing machine is not usually considered very musical, but it is to the ears of LA artist Lun*na Menoh. Gideon Brower reports on a very unusual interpretation of Maurice Ravel's Bolero, in which Menoh combines her love for fashion and experimental music. (Thanks to KCRW's Independent Producer Project for this story.)

 

Guests:
Gideon Brower, Independent Producer (@GideonLA)
Lun*na Menoh, artist

More:
Get tickets for Lun*na Menoh's 'Bolero' on Saturday, July 30 at the Velaslavasay Panorama

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