The Urbanist

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7 February 2019

Episode 382

30 minutes


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Earthquakes are one of the most unpredictable and uncontrollable natural disasters that our urban centres face. We continue our series on elements with a spotlight on Los Angeles.

7 February 2019

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Chapter 1

12 minutes


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Chapter 1

Earthquake-proof architecture

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Architects building homes and structures in LA know that they have to be prepared for when the next “big one” hits. We meet Bureau Spectacular and Nous Engineering.

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Chapter 2

8 minutes


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Chapter 2

Shake Alert LA

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Last month a new app was designed to alert citizens before a quake hits.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Meet Christopher Hawthorne

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Christopher Hawthorne, former architecture critic for the ‘LA Times’, has just been appointed as the city’s first chief design officer.

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