The Quotidian Patio

Regular Boom columnist Susan Straight on the nostalgia of The Outdoor Room.

Architecture and Social Justice

David Serlin on bridging disability rights with the egalitarian and modernist principles of Universal Design.

From Design to Design Thinking

“The pivotal event may have come in 1982.” Barry Katz discusses Silicon Valley, and what it means to be “designed in California.”

New Factories in the Fields

The San Joaquin Valley is the world’s leading producer of agricultural products, and is also the country’s leading producer of meth.

The Art of Crossing Borders: Migrant Rights and Academic Freedom

Interview with Ricardo Dominguez, Professor of New Media, Performance Art, and a Principal Investigator at CALIT2 at the University of California, San Diego

Hayakawa Among the Conservatives

How famed author, editor, and lecturer Dr. S.I. “Don” Hayakawa became “the only folk hero to have emerged from American higher education.”

Checking In

Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel, in a genre all its own somewhere between historical fiction and creative nonfiction, is an inventive attempt to re-present such an era

Jobs. Good Jobs.

On some level I knew it wasn’t going to work out when the manager of my new job asked me if I could give her a second emergency contact phone number

El Grito and the Tea Party

Less than a month after California’s hotly contested midterm election in November 2010, the Sacramento Bee reported that local Tea Party activists had begun gathering signatures for a ballot measure modeled after Arizona’s notorious SB 1070

Beyond Hollywood

California has a wilder, more diverse movie heritage than we’d know from Hollywood blockbusters or even from the dustier aisles of video stores.