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While many are gathered at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, less than half a mile away, hundreds of others are sharing their political message at a different venue: Cleveland's Public Square. The park has roots dating back to the birth of American democracy, and it just underwent a $50 million renovation. DnA talked to Politico contributing editor Colin Woodard about the transition from a car-based space to a civic place.
Virtual reality is a new trend in roller coaster design, and Six Flags Magic Mountain is one of the first amusement parks to try it with its new VR-aided coaster, The New Revolution. The ride's simulation was created by German company VR Coasters. Eric J. Lawrence tries the ride, and VR Coaster CEO Thomas Wagner tells us how this new technology is changing the way we experience thrills.
Forbes Tech: From Coasters to Concerts, Samsung Is Turning the Real World Into Virtual Reality
The Verge: Riding Six Flags America's "Superman: Ride of Steel" VR Coaster
LA Times: Six Flags Magic Mountain Turns Aging Coaster into Virtual Reality Video Game
What does Pokémon GO tell us about tech's role in the city of tomorrow? The digital treasure hunt game app has become a global phenomenon, and some city watchers say it has had an unintended consequence: people are suddenly engaging with their urban surroundings in a new way. Alissa Walker, Urbanism Editor at Curbed, talks to DnA about what this app could mean for urban culture and the future of city-building.
And we preview a conversation with British designer Tom Dixon, who has just opened a showroom in Platform at Culver City's Expo Line station.
Read Alissa Walker's Curbed story on Pokémon GO
Architizer: Architecture in Video Games: How Pokémon GO Has Sparked a Global Wave of Urban Exploration
Co.Design: Pokémon GO Is Quietly Helping People Fall in Love with Their Cities
Alissa Walker talks about Y Combinator
Y Combinator Asks for Ideas for New Cities
Check out 5 Design Things for more on Tom Dixon Talk
LA Times: A letter from 2056: Utopian LA is where everyone wants to live
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Megamansions, Tower of Voices As LA homes get smaller they are also getting bigger. Can they keep on growing? DnA explores large luxury houses, and finds out who is building them, who is buying them -- and why amenities matter. Plus, Tower of Voices in Pennsylvannia memorializes, with wind and chimes, those who went down with a fight on United Flight 93.
Two Bit Circus Micro-Amusement Park Opens in DTLA These days, if you want to play a video game, there’s a good chance you’re doing it at home… on your computer or a console like Xbox or PlayStation. But starting this weekend you’ll have another option: a futuristic version of an arcade in the Arts District of downtown L.A. It’s called the Two Bit Circus Micro-Amusement Park.
Modernist homes, Hollywood veterans DnA’s series This is Home in LA continues with a look at architect-designed homes and the continuing influence of midcentury modernism. We visit a dramatic, Case Study inspired house that's ruffling feathers in South Hancock Park; and we ask if design media have turned Modernism into a homogeneous style that's dampening creativity. Jenn Swann reports on American Legion Post 43's Art Deco home in Hollywood, now being turned into a movie theater in a bid to bring in a wider audience.
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