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?
FROM THIS EPISODE
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.
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.
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.
More From Design and Architecture
Orange County Museum of Art gets a Morphosis-designed home The Orange County Museum of Art closes this weekend. But not forever. After 41 years in Newport Beach, it’s moving to its new permanent home in Costa Mesa. And one of LA’s best-known architects, Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis, has designed it.
Big dreams for North Korea, Santa Monica takes on e-scooters A historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un raises hopes among Korean-Americans. Could brothers and sisters reconnect? Could technology and infrastructure in the hermit kingdom make a great leap forward? And Santa Monica considers a pilot program for dockless e-scooters, as competition heats up between rival companies. Will it limit a popular, clean, first mile last mile solution -- or contain a public nuisance?
Celebrating LA’s “crazy, weird” design community Starting Thursday, LA’s design community will congregate at the four-day Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF), an annual celebration that celebrates our city’s rich design culture. It includes four days of conversations, studio tours, design shows, and parties all centered at ROW DTLA in downtown LA’s industrial district.
Kate Spade, Santa Monica’s little secret, Ruth E. Carter We remember fashion icon and handbag designer Kate Spade. The arrival of autonomous vehicles and online shopping has Santa Monica considering the way forward in a future disrupted by tech. Ruth E. Carter designed the costumes for "Black Panther" and tells DnA about creating an identity on screen for a community long left out of the picture.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
5 design things to do this week This week: protect democracy in the legacy of Thomas Mann; get schooled by masters of hand-painted signs; save money on beautiful art books; imagine wearing sculpture as adornment; and see Tom Hanks do Shakespeare. Read More
5 design things to do this week This week: learn how motherhood impacts artists; see what UCLA architecture and urban design students are working on; watch a classic film at a vintage DTLA theater; explore the environment in the post-digital era; and paws to admire some purrfect cat-themed art. Read More