We know-and we suspect you do as well-that design can solve problems. And what better problems to solve than the ones that face our own cities?...
We know-and we suspect you do as well-that design can solve problems. And what better problems to solve than the ones that face our own cities? Last winter, we had seven designers present solutions to Los Angeles problems at GOOD Design LA, the fantastic event that closed out our month of goodness, GOOD December. After another event in collaboration with Art Center College of Design, and an appearance at CEOs for Cities' annual meeting in the spring, we decided it was time to take GOOD Design on the road. So we're heading up north to bring GOOD Design to San Francisco on Tuesday, September 29, at 6 p.m.
Back in December, we hosted GOOD Design L.A., a night where seven designers presented their solutions to Los Angeles problems. We had solutions ranging from walking kids to school to cut down on rush hour traffic (a few groups combined their efforts as a result of this event), to blasting open our seismic faults with explosives to prevent future earthquakes (we're still looking for funding for this idea). After the event, Art Center professor Petrula Vrontikis approached us with an idea to recreate the event as an assignment for her class. For eight weeks, a few of us at GOOD and a group of Art Center advisers worked with Petrula's students to zero in on L.A. problems and craft presentations for their ideas. On March 4, Art Center students, local designers, and friends converged upon GOOD for another evening of talking about solutions for the city.
Art Center's current Visionary-in-Residence (and Twitterer-in-Perpetuity) Kurt Andersen opened the evening by telling us this was the longest he'd been somewhere besides New York since he was 21 years old (seven weeks). He said he agreed to come to Art Center only when 1) his kids were all out of high school and 2) it was winter. He's truly enjoying his time here as a student of Los Angeles, and we're lucky to have him.
We then had another special guest, Krista Kline, Planning and Urban Design Coordinator for the office of L.A.'s recently-reelected Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Krista works closely with urban planners and designers on a range of issues, including energy, transportation, and green technology. She was very excited about the L.A. projects that will spring from the stimulus plan, and she encouraged every designer to download the briefing from the new Recovery.gov (bottom of the page here) and see what kinds of solutions we can design for the money that's being allocated.