There’s a housing crisis in California, with too little housing for too high of a price. But there’s one type of dwelling that could make a difference in the crisis: the accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, also known as a “granny flat.” These are small homes or units that sit on the same property as another home, allowing cities to densify and offer more rental units, and owners to generate income. ADUs have been around for a while, and many cities and states–including California–are passing laws that encourage people to build them. Now some big names are putting their weight behind the concept. This weekend, prominent designer Yves Béhar will preview his design for an ADU, which will be built by the Amazon-backed startup LivingHomes and its manufacturing arm Plant Prefab, at the Los Angeles festival Summit. Behar’s design looks relatively similar to the large number of small pre-fab homes that are on the market. But his prototype for … [Read more...] about Yves Behar launches a $280,000 ADU for your backyard
This article is a preview from Fast Company’s October issue, on newsstands September 18. Yves Béhar is marveling at his electronic trapdoor. We’re in the fourth-floor master bedroom of his modern San Francisco home, a stack of loftlike boxes with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which he spent five years meticulously crafting. It’s a hazy Sunday evening in late June, and Béhar, who is wearing jeans and a “Stinson Beach” T-shirt, has just returned with his family from their weekend surfing retreat in Marin County. Two of his four children (named Sky, Sylver, Soleyl, and Saylor) somersault on the Ubald Klug sofa set in the living room, as his wife, the art consultant Sabrina Buell, wraps up dinner. As Miles Davis’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud purrs on vinyl, Béhar expounds on his unique approach to design after giving me the house tour. He calls the place “a living experiment,” one that treats technology like … [Read more...] about Not another Yves Béhar profile!
(Reuters) - Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has begun cutting jobs as part of its promise to investors to cut costs by $1 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO - The logo of Qualcomm is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman The size of job cuts is large enough that San Diego-based Qualcomm will have to file a WARN notice, or Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, with the state of California, the report said. Qualcomm did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur … [Read more...] about Qualcomm begins layoffs as part of cost cuts: Bloomberg
Alexandra Ma, provided by Published 9:46 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 AP Britain has accused Russia of trying to kill former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a deadly nerve agent — but the Kremlin is fighting back. The UK blamed Russia partly on the grounds that Novichok, the poison used in the attack, was developed in the former Soviet Union. Allies including the US, France, and Germany have agreed that this is the only plausible explanation. Regardless, the Kremlin has denied all involvement. Instead Russian officials and state media outlets have promoted numerous alternative theories which they claim could lead to the real culprits. Recommended Video: Now Playing: A leading chemical weapons expert says if Russia is concerned that the nerve agent thought to have been used in the Salisbury spy attack may have been produced in the UK, it can ask the OPCW to launch an investigation. The UK authorities say the substance used against former Russian … [Read more...] about Russia is pushing these 15 mutually contradictory theories to claim they weren’t behind the nerve agent attack
MANILA -- Singer-actor Ariel Rivera admitted that he enjoyed portraying a villain in the ABS-CBN series "Hanggang Saan," which will air its finale on April 27. "It's my first time doing it. It was my first time that I got to play with my character," Rivera said in a press conference on Tuesday for the last two weeks of the hit afternoon series. "For the last 20-plus years puro ako good husband, good boy. It's really so boring when you do it so often. So during this time you can play with your character and I love doing it," Rivera added. Apart from his different role, Rivera also enjoyed working with younger actors like Arjo Atayde, Sue Ramirez and Yves Flores. "These kids now they really amaze me. They are so much better, so much more mature," said Rivera, who as a singer scored the OPM hits "Wala Kang Katulad," "Sa Aking Puso" and "Sana Kahit Minsan. " Asked if he has plans on returning to singing, Rivera said: "I still sing. In fact, next month I have five-city tour sa US." … [Read more...] about Why Ariel Rivera enjoys playing a villain in ‘Hanggang Saan’