Makers of “medical devices” have attacked Obamacare because they don’t like the tax it imposes. Not Stuart Karten. The LA-based designer says the Affordable Care Act has launched a golden era for medical device design.
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Pharrell Williams’s new “24 Hour music video,” for the song Happy portrays a lively and diverse L.A. where people walk and dance in the street and where cars are an afterthought.
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When TV producer Stephen Gee started hearing the name “John Parkinson” over and over on the L.A. Conservancy tours he was taking of downtown Los Angeles, he decided to find out more. His quest lead him to write a book: “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles.” Listen to Lisa Napoli’s interview with Gee, here.
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DnA DJ Carren Jao moved to the US from the Philippines in her teens. She was traveling when Haiyan hit her native country but, like the millions of Filipinos who live abroad, she maintains close ties to home. Here she reflects on growing up with storms, before this big one.
Edward Dimendberg, author of Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images, visits the half-built Broad museum and tells DnA why the New York firm has “understood the way we live today” more than any other architecture firm.
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Alvin Huang and his firm Synthesis Design + Architecture have advanced the conversation about how to fuel electric cars, with their design for a portable tensile membrane structure with a PV skin. Named Pure Tension, it has just been selected as one of Time’s “25 Best Inventions of 2013.”
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Are public fountains in your L.A. neighborhood usable? Evelyn Wendel of WeTap is campaigning to make sure they are, for civic, health and environmental reasons. But would you choose to drink free municipal water over costly bottled CO2?
Awesome Architecture Costumes!
LA doesn’t need Halloween to indulge its love of witchy-poo style, as shown in its classic storybook architecture photographed by KCRW’s Jason Groman.
But the fall festival certainly brings out an excess of creative talent, demonstrated in the costumes at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball, and the buildings like the one shown left that Carren Jao snapped while on Chris Nichols’ Spook Tour last weekend.
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The messy rollout of Healthcare Dot Gov has highlighted the challenge of creating an effective “user experience.” On this DnA show IDEO’s David Kelley and Tom Kelley explained what a children’s hospital learned from Formula One racing, how two shy engineers applied “empathy” to create a successful App, and other lessons on creating better service through “human-centered” design. IDEO’s “empathic” approach has inspired many younger designers, among them Todd …