This month we praise the power of low tech. As California experiences another month of record drought, Governor Brown reminds us that while we cannot “manufacture water,” we can get back to basics to use the little we have more wisely. His Emergency Drought Legislation focuses on construction grants for shovel-ready projects that capture storm water runoff, recycle used water and recharge aquifers. This is not whiz-bang technology, but just basic planning which we should have been doing all along.
And while we’ve written before of the power of universities as an engine for innovation and economic development, in this month’s edition we feature the distinctly low tech and hard work of universities reaching beyond their ivory walls to engage surrounding communities and stakeholders in solving real problems. Similarly, while the news of a possible joint Apple/Tesla project makes us practically giddy, we write this month of the transformative power of people coming together to demand more room and attention for bicyclists and pedestrians in what used to be the Car Capital of America. Still, we can’t resist the urge to spread the word about the work of a USC professor whose CRAFT may radically reduce the cost and time of making houses – and in the process radically disrupting a crucial job-generating sector of our economy, the construction trades. Read on and pray for rain.
Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano