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DnA explores Banksy’s dystopian theme park and a new exhibit at A+D Museum examines the future of housing in LA. Plus, could an Olympic bid jumpstart ambitious plans for LA and its river?

Image: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Star Apartments, Downtown Los Angeles, 2014 © Iwan Baan
Dismaland 7 MIN, 24 SEC

On the West Coast of England is a small seaside town called Weston-Super-Mare. Now, all of sudden it’s the hottest destination in Europe -- thanks to that ever-surprising artist called Banksy and his latest creation, Dismaland. It’s a parody of a theme park that he other artists quietly created at an abandoned swimming pool called the Tropicana, and it opened to the public this weekend.

Mark Brown is Arts Correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, and told DnA about the art experience at Dismaland. Ron Walker is a reporter for The Weston Mercury and he describes what it was like to experience the story of a century in the sleepy British town.

Shelter 10 MIN, 53 SEC

How will we live in a future LA? In supertall towers or variations on granny flats? And will we build on a the century of experimentation in home design that LA is famed for?

Those are the questions posed at ‘Shelter,’ an exhibition at A+D Museum in downtown. It’s exploring theoretical -- and real -- solutions to meeting LA’s current housing needs, by LA designers.

DnA talks to the curators Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago as well as Carolina Miranda of the Los Angeles Times about the themes addressed in the show.

Another LA Olympics? 9 MIN, 10 SEC

Can LA do a low-cost Olympics as it did in 1984? Or should it use the games to advance a vision for the region as it faces the impacts of climate change?

DnA considers Olympic visions, as the Los Angeles City Council considers whether to move forward with a 2024 Olympic bid, and Mayor Garcetti promises that taxpayers won’t be on hook for budget overruns.

Paul Prezja of Sussman-Prezja talks about how he and his late wife Deborah Sussman used a colorful pop-up approach to create a cost-effective model that could be replicated in other cities. Dutch water infrastructure expert Henk Ovink describes how an LA Olympics could catalyze environmental projects in Los Angeles, centered on the LA River.

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