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High Line designers Diller Scofidio + Renfro have unveiled their "veiled" new Broad Museum for Grand Avenue. But can architecture alone fix what ails Grand Avenue? Find out from architect Elizabeth Diller, critic Sam Lubell, Councilwoman Jan Perry and others. Plus, behind our clean technologies and glistening gadgets, there is a dirty story -- of rare earths. Find out what they are and why they matter, from materials science researcher Richard Seymour. And Art Center's Tim Durfee talks about a show that will explore how fantasy feeds real world design.

Guest Interview Broad's Grand Plans 16 MIN, 31 SEC

A few weeks back, Eli Broad unveiled the design for his new contemporary art museum, to be built on Grand Avenue opposite MOCA and next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The design, by admired Manhattan architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, looks like a piece of sculpture in itself and makes a dramatic feature out of its concrete "skin." Frances talks to architect Elizabeth Diller about the light-filled warehouse space for art, and gets the opinions of critic Sam Lubell on the design. But The Broad, as it's being called, is also hoping to transform this part of downtown into a destination. Councilwoman Jan Perry talks about the impact she thinks it will have on the area, and some local residents give their thoughts about what else Grand Avenue is missing.


Site on which the Broad Museum will be built



The architects call the Broad's diaphanous concrete skin the "veil;" encased inside is the "vault"


 Inside, visitors will board an escalator that takes them to a fourth floor gallery


Art will be exhibited in a column-free, sunlit space that's over an acre in size


This fly-through video shows the museum in relation to Grand Avenue's other landmarks

Elizabeth Diller, Architect and Principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Sam Lubell, architecture writer
Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Council (@JanPerry)

Guest Interview What Makes Rare Earths Rare? 6 MIN, 58 SEC

You may not know what lanthanum, Neodymium or Samarium is, but you probably wouldn't be able to read this on your computer without them. These names are better known as "rare earths," a group of minerals found in our gadgets. They've been getting a lot of press in recent months due to the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and especially after China announced plans to reduce mining and production of them. What are they? Where do they come from? And is there a hidden price we are paying for use them? Frances meets with Richard Seymour, a researcher in materials science at USC’s Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulation, to find out what makes these minerals so desirable.

Richard Seymour, Materials Science Researcher, USC's Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulation

Guest Interview Making Up Design 5 MIN, 4 SEC

An upcoming show at Art Center’s South Campus called Made Up: Design's Fictions will feature designers who "forecast, hypothesize, muse, skylark, role-play, put-on-airs, freak-out or otherwise fake-it" to produce work that elicits a response or brings about change in the real world. Frances asks Art Center professor and curator Tim Durfee to give us a (preferably not made-up) definition of what that means. The show opens January 29 and runs through March 20, and will be open Saturday and Sundays 1-5pm. More details and design events can be found on our DnA calendar.

Tim Durfee, Research Professor, Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design


Frances Anderton

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