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A composer, a reporter and a preservationist give props to buildings in the Southland: Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica home, The Broad museum and Hollyhock House. Plus, Brad Dunning talks about the future of the desert backyard.

Photo: Sheet music for "Frank's House" by Andrew Norman 

A Musical Valentine to Frank Gehry’s House 12 MIN, 43 SEC

Andrew Norman is a Composer-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and he is crazy for architecture. Last week he debuted Frank’s House, a piece of music inspired by Frank Gehry’s experimental home in Santa Monica that interweaves a Brahms waltz with sounds of sticks on chain link fence and corrugated metal. Norman tells DnA about the connection between music and architecture, and gives a sonic tour of the sounds he came up with.

Find out more about LACO's Westside Connections series here.

From Parking Lot to “Mattress,” The Broad Gets Built 7 MIN, 1 SEC

The Broad museum, designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is scheduled to open in September. The project drew a mixed reaction when its concrete honeycomb “veil” was recently unveiled. But KCRW Arts Reporter Lisa Napoli, who lives on Bunker Hill and has watched The Broad unfold, explains why she thinks the museum will be an exciting addition to a neighborhood still alive with “ghosts.”

Hollyhock House Reopens Friday 3 MIN, 4 SEC

Frank Lloyd Wright’s first L.A. commission, the Hollyhock House, opens once more to the public after a lengthy restoration. Alan Hess, an architect and preservationist who has written five books on Frank Lloyd Wright, talks about why he can’t wait for the building’s opening and what we can learn from Frank Lloyd Wright today.

Landscaping a New Oasis in Palm Springs? 4 MIN, 33 SEC

DnA is heading to Modernism Week, where Frances Anderton will host a panel on the topic of desert landscaping in the age of a drought. One of the panelists, Brad Dunning, is a designer who doesn’t think that the answers to drought landscaping are cut and dried.

Hear more about “Swimming In Succulents” this Saturday with Brad Dunning and other guests at Modernism Week’s “CAMP” in Palm Springs. DnA, KCRW DJ Anne Litt and other station folk will be there and hope to meet you.

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