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Swimming pools and public art

Simone Manuel's Olympic win highlights the politics of access to public swimming pools. We visit a gorgeous, newly-restored pool in South LA and ask if the color barrier to swimming has been lifted. And private murals and public installations are turning the outdoors into a gallery. What's behind the explosion of public art?

The streets are alive with public art

If you have visitors in town and you want to show them some art, do you take them to a museum or gallery, or do you head outdoors? Right now the streets are alive with public art, some of it commissioned by the City and Department of Cultural Affairs or by Metro, some of it appearing overnight on walls around town.

Tesla gigafactory, Whole Foods design, Ben Medansky

A tour of Tesla's new gigafactory, under construction in the Nevada desert and how that intersects with CEO Elon Musk's latest master plan. We compare two Whole Foods stores and a look at the seductive power of supermarket design. And, ceramicist Ben Medansky, talks about the support that followed a fire that destroyed his downtown LA studio.

Tesla gigafactory, Whole Foods design, Ben Medansky

It's not all bad news in Rio

You've heard the horror stories about this year's Brazil Olympics - from blocked toilets and unfinished infrastructure to toxic water and a political coup. But that's not the full picture. LA-based architecture and engineering company AECOM created the master plan for the Rio Olympics and promises that Brazilians are going to put on a terrific games.

Building the Olympics, tropical modernism, egamer wear

Corruption, toxic waters, building delays... will Brazil's Olympic "nomadic architecture" deliver after a difficult construction process? If running, jumping and swimming are not your thing, you can tune into Rio's eGames. But do gamers really need athletic wear? And Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi gets her moment in the sun.

Building the Olympics, tropical modernism, egamer wear

Design for Skid Row, Politics as Spectacle, Sewing Machine Ravel

How much is a political convention about the message or the messaging? Simon Doonan explains. Fashion lover Lun*na Menoh makes music with sewing machines. And a tour through projects by Skid Row Housing Trust explores how much good design can alleviate the trauma of homelessness.

Design for Skid Row, Politics as Spectacle, Sewing Machine Ravel

It's Not Your Grandparents' Political Conventions Anymore

Gone are the days of your grandparents' political conventions. Now, these events are carefully designed to dazzle the audience, especially the television audience. And with a reality TV star at the top of the Republican ticket, Donald Trump is sure to produce a spectacle.

It's Not Your Grandparents' Political Conventions Anymore

Cleveland's Public Square, VR Coasters, Pokémon GO

Augmented reality, virtual reality and the future of the city: Cleveland's historic Public Square is remade, just in time for speakers not invited to the Republican National Convention. To revamp an old coaster, just add VR goggles. What does the success of Pokémon GO tell us about future cities created by techies?

Cleveland's Public Square, VR Coasters, Pokémon GO

Can Metro Boost Ridership with Transit-Oriented Development?

Ridership on the Expo Line rose by nearly 60 percent in the month of June compared to April, but average weekday trips continue to decline. Why, and can the trend be reversed by building close to the train stations?

Can Metro Boost Ridership with Transit-Oriented Development?

LA Sports Arena, Architecture's Odd Couple, Aaron Axelrod, Prince of Venice

The LA Memorial Sports Arena is nearing demolition, and fans can bid to take a piece of it home. Historian Howard Hugh dishes on architects Philip Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright's "frenemy" relationship. Ayahuasca inspires Aaron Axelrod's installation at Barnsdall Art Park. And an exiled Italian prince is making a splash in LA's food truck scene.

LA Sports Arena, Architecture's Odd Couple, Aaron Axelrod, Prince of Venice

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