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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

A Much-Needed Makeover for The Ford Theatre

At nearly a century old, the historic John Anson Ford Theatres complex was in desperate need of repair. After nearly two years for renovations, the amphitheater will reopen on Friday, July 8 with a new stage, lighting, sound insulation, catering and other amenities.

A Much-Needed Makeover for The Ford Theatre

Obama Library, Silver Lake Reservoir, Tes-Loop

President Obama and the First Lady have chosen Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design the presidential library in Chicago. Residents of Silver Lake want their beloved reservoir refilled, the Ford Theatre gets a major facelift, and bike share comes to downtown. And Tesla's recent auto-pilot crash could mean speed bumps for an LA-based shuttle service that uses self-driving Tesla cars.

Obama Library, Silver Lake Reservoir, Tes-Loop

Designing a Solution for Homelessness

The Los Angeles City Council is weighing two separate measures to fund solutions to homelessness. One likely applicant for those funds will be the nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust, which has built supportive housing by some of LA's leading architects. Can good architecture and planning help re-integrate the formerly homeless back into society?

Skyspace LA, Mini-Golf, Assemble Collective

Interventions in the urban fabric: the new Skyslide brings fun to downtown's financial district. Will it attract more tenants? In Echo Park, a public mini-golf course gives new meaning to an empty site. And British design collective Assemble recently checked out the Coachella Valley. Why?

Skyspace LA, Mini-Golf, Assemble Collective

Metro to Ask Voters for Another Sales Tax

On June 23, the Metro Board is expected to approve a ballot initiative that's being called Measure R2, for a half-cent sales tax to be placed on the November ballot.

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