In last yearâ€™s LA, the Los Angeles
Times Magazine, two foreignersâ€”the
English Peter Saville (seated, right) and the
Greek Ares Rosakis (standing, left) were
included in a feature called Visionaries.
Both are designers with an eye on the future.
Saville has designed album covers and ad
campaigns. Now he's taken on cities.
Working as creative director for the city of
Manchester in England, he rebranded the
city as the Original Modern City, harking
back to Manchester's role as the world's
first industrial center while seeking to
reinvent it as a center for culture and media.
He launched the Manchester International
Festival in 2007, a celebration of original
Now Saville is setting his sights on LA,
seeking to reinvent it with an emphasis on
the arts and culture. Last summer, the City
Council signed a proclamation to promote
connections between Los Angeles and
Chair of the engineering department at
Caltech in Pasadena, Rosakis has plans to
tame the beast of information and harness it
for effective use.
Through the Information Science and
Technology Initiative, Caltech has created
the framework to make the exploding mass
of information accessible to researchers in
science and humanities to foster cross-
pollination of ideas to benefit all of us.
Because of the initiative, the electric
company can better track energy use, the
fire department can pinpoint the epicenter
of an earthquake so response can be
That's Rosakis' strength--solving global
problems by applying technical expertise.
His department's new home at the Walter
and Leonore Annenberg Center for
Information Science and Technology has
glass walls and an open concept that
encourages openness and sharing and dry
boards and markers everywhere to capture