FROM Bill Gross
Design Accelerator In recent years, we've seen the rise of the Design Entrepreneur. Micro-funding sites, affordable 3D printing technology, and digital marketplaces are among innovations that make it more possible for young designers to start a small business. Art Center, together with Caltech and Pasadena’s Idealab has created a design accelerator to help students realize their entrepreneurial ambitions.
LA's New Job Czar; Pasadena Green Energy Leader's China Contract Los Angeles may be America's biggest manufacturing center, but it's also notorious as a hard place to do business. Mayor Villaraigosa has begun what he calls "a total refocusing of economic development and job creation" in the City of LA. The first step is appointment of Austin Beutner to the newly created position of First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy. In an unprecedented grant of authority, he'll oversee no less than 13 city departments, including the Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles and development at the Los Angeles World Airports. Meantime, a Pasadena company has just announced " the biggest solar-thermal deal ever ," a $5 billion deal to build a massive project using California-based technology. But the project will be constructed in China.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."