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Why did a shopping center and a factory make the cut of a top ten list of game-changing American buildings? How come San Francisco's Ghiradelli Square almost bumped the Walt Disney Concert Hall? Dan Protess and Geoffrey Baer tell us about ten buildings that changed America. In our coverage of Los Angeles designers in LA, Brendan Ravenhill talks to Alissa Walker about working with veteran manufacturers to make new products. Lynell George narrates another iconic Wilshire Boulevard story in which glittering storefronts deliver less than they promise.

Banner image: Ford manufacturing plant in Highland Park, California

Main Topic 10 Buildings that Changed America 12 MIN, 29 SEC

Why did Southdale shopping center and the relatively obscure Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia make the cut of a top ten list of game-changing American buildings? How come San Francisco's Ghiradelli Square almost bumped the Walt Disney Concert Hall? And where was Louis Kahn's Salk Institute? These and more are questions raised by 10 Buildings that Changed America, a PBS special airing this weekend, produced and written by Dan Protess, and hosted by Geoffrey Baer.

Guests:
Dan Protess, producer and writer (@danprotess)
Geoffrey Baer, television producer

Main Topic Lynell George on Wilshire Boulevard 7 MIN, 45 SEC

In the fourth "Iconic Wilshire Boulevard" story for cicLAvia and Pacific Time Standard Presents: Modern Architecture in LA, Lynell George talks to producer Edward Lifson about the dreams and disillusionment embodied in Wilshire Boulevard. As a writer, she equates the strip to a sentence or a river of words, "a great unscrolling street;" as a daughter, she associates Wilshire with a painful reminder of racism, experienced by her mother on arriving in Los Angeles full of high hopes.

(Special thanks to Rima Snyder for assistance with audio production.)

Guests:
Lynell George, journalist (@lynellgeorge)
Edward Lifson, USC School of Architecture

Main Topic LA Designer: Brendan Ravenhill 7 MIN, 53 SEC

In our ongoing coverage of LA designers DJ – design journalist – Alissa Walker went to visit Brendan Ravenhill in his Schindler House come studio in Echo Park, where he is getting ready to head to New York for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Guests:
Alissa Walker, DnA Design Journalist (@awalkerinLA)
Brendan Ravenhill, Designer (@BrendanRavenhil)

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