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Please take some time to listen to this KCRW program, focused on design entrepreneurship in LA- primarily around Art Center’s relationship with IdeaLab and the Design Accelerator.

Many design grads no longer dream of employment in a large corporation. Carren Jao reports on Art Center’s Design Accelerator, an effort to turn its students into entrepreneurs. With Lorne Buchman, Mark Breitenberg, Bill Gross, Gabriel Wartofsky, Elizabeth Neigert, Bob Van Der Woude and Jacques Perrault. Plus, Matt Holzman reports on another LA project that was Never Built: DisneySea.




From the New Yorker:

New York City has a problem with income inequality. And it’s getting worse—the top of the spectrum is gaining and the bottom is losing. Along individual subway lines, earnings range from poverty to considerable wealth. The interactive infographic here charts these shifts, using data on median income, from the U.S. Census Bureau, for census tracts with subway stations. Full article here


By Published: March 29

You hear him first, usually pumping to Chuck Brown’s unofficial D.C. anthem “Bustin’ Loose” or an old standby like Kool & the Gang’s “Too Hot.”

And then you see him: Music Man, riding his tricked-out “boombox bike” along Georgia Avenue near Howard University.

(Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) – George Whitlow, a.k.a. Music Man, first started rigging up his bikes with boomboxes a few years ago.
On this cold March afternoon, Music Man, a.k.a. George Whitlow, 65, is pedaling along on one of his eight bicycles. This one has a homemade speaker and CD player system in a box rigged up on a rack on the back; red flashing lights surround the boombox.
He rides over to Columbia Heights, parks in the square near the Giant supermarket across from the towering Target and lets the song “Celebration” flow over the neighborhood. Some young people tug off their ear buds. Heads start bobbing.Celebrate good times, come on! Commuters lugging grocery bags and rushing home after work stop to take it in.

“He just makes me feel good, and this city is so stressed out right now — about the budget, about jobs,” says Aleecha Adams Jackson, 47, who stops to dance with Whitlow, now off his bike and playing another Chuck Brown hit, “Blow Your Whistle.”

(full article link here)


‘Do you realize what bicycles mean to people? They’re like ice cream or children’s stories, they’re primal objects woven into the fabric of our earliest memories, not to mention our most intimate connection with the wheel itself an invention that marks the commencement of the great ascent of human knowledge that bought us through printing presses, religious transformations, undreamt-of speed, the presses, the moon. When you ride a bicycle you participate in an unbroken chain of human endeavor stretching back to stone-carting Egyptian peasants…’

Excerpt from ‘Notes to My Biographer’, a short story from Adam Haslett’s book, You Are Not a Stranger Here


Bicycles have already become an essential part of our culture, but now they’re shaping our urban and social spaces too.






New York City isn’t known as a biker’s paradise, with its overcrowded subways, pedestrian-packed sidewalks, yellow taxis snarled in traffic, and noisy buses. Yet even New York City is heading in the direction of places like Portland, Paris, and Copenhagen, which have embraced and promoted bike culture and bike sharing in the urban environment. Over the past four years, the Bloomberg administration has rolled out more than 250 miles of bike lanes. And this summer NYC will introduce its own bike-share program with 10,000 bikes and 600 docking stations around the city.


While New Yorkers pride themselves on always being first, the city is just catching up when it comes to bikes. In fact, the bicycle is the most commonly used mode of transportation around the world. Think of a bike as a tool, a toy, a connector and a mode of expression with a low barrier to entry. It’s probably the most hackable (and hacked) simple machine on the planet. Bikes not only get us from place to place, they are the focus of a number of conversations about how we organize communities and define and share social boundaries, and how we can harness human power to recycle energy back to the grid. Most importantly though, bicycles are an intrinsic part of how we imagine and design the city of the future. They will play a significant role in shaping identity and communities and influencing social dynamics in urban areas, because they are the next great technology platform.

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