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Photo: A woman cheers during the Madison, WI. rally for the Women's March on January 21, 2017. (Amandalynn Jones)

How 'pussyhats' became the symbol of a movement 5 MIN, 9 SEC

This weekend saw a resounding reaction to the new White House, with Women's Marches taking place around the world. And the symbol of the movement, a pink knitted hat, was created right here in LA. How did the Pussyhat Project capture the public's imagination -- and get women excited about knitting? And how did an architectural education help one of the co-creators?


Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, two of the creators of the Pussyhat Project
Photo by Kat Coyle

Guests:
Jayna Zweiman, Pussyhat Project (@jaynajayna)

More:
LA's Pussyhat Project Crafts a Political statement
Pussyhat Project tops off Women's March on Washington
How two knitting enthusiasts gave out free headgear by the hundreds to protesters across the country

Should Ben Carson be the next HUD secretary? 9 MIN, 49 SEC


Ben Carson speaking at the Presidential Family Forum
in Des Moines, Iowa on November 20, 2015
Photo by Gage Skidmore

Dr. Ben Carson is President Donald Trump's pick to be Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. But is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who has criticized the Fair Housing Act the right person to lead HUD? Many in the housing and urban planning world see Carson's nomination as an attack on HUD itself and what it stands for. However, one Democratic supporter of Carson is Henry Cisneros, HUD Secretary from 1993 to 1997 during President Bill Clinton's term. He makes the case for Carson and talks about what HUD does well and what it can learn from the private sector.

Guests:
Henry Cisneros, CityView

More:
Senate panel approves Ben Carson for HUD job
Ben Carson sits for hearing amid questions about qualifications
Experts, academics create open petition against Carson's appointment to HUD
Henry Cisneros at SM's "State of the City," with Rick Cole and Frances Anderton

Downtown construction on steroids 5 MIN, 22 SEC

Go to downtown LA these days and you'll skyscrapers everywhere. There's a building boom going on, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the 1920s, according to the LA Times, and what you see now is only the start. Spend time at the City's Planning Department and you'll know that many more projects are in the pipeline -- and some may add some real pizzazz to the skyline. DnA talks to Steven Sharp, editor of Urbanize LA, a web site that embraces the new downtown.


Construction workers in the atrium of Wilshire Grand Center
Photo by Sean Dellorco/KCRW

 

Guests:
Steven Sharp, Urbanize LA (@estebancortante)

More:
Downtown Los Angeles hasn't seen this much construction since the 1920s
Extra details about Tribune Media's proposed DTLA tower
Towering Arts District project would flank the LA River
Updated DTLA gigapixel panorama

Bjarke Ingels takes on the Arts District 8 MIN, 10 SEC


Rendering of 670 Mesquit
Image via BIG

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm Bjarke Ingels Group, or BIG, is one of the most sought-after architects in the world right now. Now he is bringing his inventive approach to downtown LA's Arts District, with a mixed-use hotel, residential and commercial project called 670 Mesquit with towers that reach as high as 30 feet. It would be located on the river's edge below the new replacement 6th Street Viaduct -- and aims to be a highly flexible complex of units within a concrete framework that forms a connection to the river and bridge.

Guests:
Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) (@BjarkeIngels)

More:
Huge Arts District development along LA River races for approval
World's most sought-ater architect prepares to make his mark on NYC's skyline
Meet architect Bjarke Ingels, the man building the future
Bjarke Ingels on why architecture should be more like Minecraft

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