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DnA Goes to Berlin; Can California's Water Crisis Be a Game?

As DnA heads to Berlin, Cameron Silver sings songs of longing for the Weimar era; and we visit the Culver City bunker that will house the Wende Museum. Plus, Caroline Chamberlain "plays" the California Water Crisis.

Corita's Legacy; Does Ripping Out Lawns Mean Death to Trees?

The Petersen Automotive Museum is getting a new facade, and DnA explores Corita Kent?s artistic and spiritual legacy. Plus, should you rip out your lawn after all?

Disneyland at 60 and the Decline of World?s Fairs, Solar Sun Flowers

Disneyland?s 60th birthday party attracts crowds while a huge world?s fair in Milan gets no love in the US. Why? Plus, filmmaker James Cameron creates solar Sun Flowers to power -- and educate -- a school.

New Meets the Ancient in Water Use and Burial

Can small actions lead to big savings in water? DnA explores two apps that aim to help save and conserve water. Plus, does the traditional burial need to be redesigned?

Simon Doonan on 2016, Dior and I, LACMA Update

Simon Doonan says the 2016 presidential candidates should provide more ?fash-tainment;? and a documentary pulls back the veil on the House of Dior. Plus, Joseph Giovannini questions the LACMA design by Peter Zumthor.

Testing the Limits: The Panama Canal Expansion, Mega Ships and The Mile-High Tower

Is the sky the limit for supersized structures? DnA explores the Panama Canal Expansion, mega-ships and the advent of the mile-high building.

Should Parker Center Be Saved?; Remembering Michael Graves

Should Parker Center Be Saved?; Remembering Michael Graves

The Googleplex Expands; A Local Designer Meets Reality TV

Google has jumped on the showpiece architecture bandwagon with a proposed new building in Mountain View. And a local designer gets a taste of cut-throat reality TV.

Has 'Zombie Urbanism' Gripped the Global City?

What happens when residential real estate is treated like a safe deposit box? DnA explores the urban impact of global investment in high end homes -- in London, New York and L.A. 

A Valentine to The Southland

A composer, a reporter and a preservationist give props to buildings in the Southland. Plus, Brad Dunning talks about the future of the desert backyard.

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