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High Speed Rail works when it connects people and businesses. Will California’s bullet trains do that? Joe Mathews and Sam Lubell consider Germany’s system, Anaheim’s ARTIC, LA’s Union Station and the road to connectivity. What makes a house a home? A social historian examines the 500-year evolution of home. LA designers talk about creating "homes" for absentee property owners; and KCRW’s Anna Scott reflects on how the home-less create a sense of home.

Photo: ARTIC, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (Alex Hallajian)

Can High-Speed Rail Connect Us? 9 MIN, 21 SEC

Columnist Joe Mathews recently visited Germany and experienced high-speed rail for the first time (on a 300-km-per-hour train from Frankfurt to Cologne), and was frightened. But he also marveled at how German high-speed rail stations combine so many different kinds of transportation and draw people. Architecture writer Sam Lubell asks whether the newly-built ARTIC rail station in Anaheim lives up to that standard.

ARTIC Dreams, a video co-produced for KCRW by Sam Lubell,
filmed and edited by Alex Hallajian,
with support of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project

Joe Mathews, Host, "Zocalo's Connecting California" (@joemmathews)
Sam Lubell, architecture writer

Mathews on Germany's high-speed rail
Lubell on California's newest intermodal transit station

The Making of Home 6 MIN, 14 SEC

The holiday season brings to mind images of home -- and gathering with friends and family around the dinner table, or the fire in low-lit living rooms. But what does home really mean? And when is a house not a home?

Extended families used to do everything together under one roof; curtains offended Lutherans, and window panes were packed up for the holidays. These are just some of the revelations in Judith Flanders’ new book, The Making of Home. She talks about how the 500 year quest for more privacy and more creature comforts has changed the way we live.

Judith Flanders, Social historian and author (@JudithFlanders)

NY Times review of 'The Making of Home'

The Making of Home

Judith Flanders

Designing "Home" When the House Is Empty 7 MIN, 51 SEC

There has been an explosion of huge houses and condos in in Los Angeles, London and other global cities purchased by overseas buyers who rarely set foot in these properties. Yet typically these houses are given fabulous makeovers. Does that make them "homes?" This discussion was part of a panel called "Buy to Forget: Zombie Urbanism" at the 2015 WestEdge Design Fair.

Ron Woodson, Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design
Jaime Rummerfield, Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design
Trip Haenisch, Trip Haenisch & Associates

Creating a Sense of Home, Without a House to Live In 4 MIN, 53 SEC

LA has a rich fabric of houses, and KCRW Press Play producer Anna Scott is exploring some of them for a series called LA Dwellings. But she found herself reflecting on the definition of home when she reported on a homeless encampment in West LA.

Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

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