Author Archives: Alissa

Watch me talk about the Hollywood Sign on KCET’s Artbound

Remember when I wrote about the Great Hollywood Sign Wars, then spoke about it as part of architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne’s Third LA project? Now you can see me talking about the battle to keep the Hollywood Sign hidden on a … Continue reading

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Show us how you Make it in LA

Next month I’m honored to help launch Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new Make it in LA initiative focused on supporting LA’s manufacturers. I’ll be moderating a panel with some incredible local makers on Tuesday, June 21 as part of the LA Design … Continue reading

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See you at Design Week Portland

I am so excited to be headed to one of my favorite places on Earth later this month to see what some of my favorite people have put together. In my mind, Portland will forever be the great urban laboratory of the US—from … Continue reading

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Come get a Taste of food and design

My dear friends at Design Observer are coming to LA, ostensibly to escape the frigid late winter on the East Coast, but also to throw a conference called Taste on Friday, February 12. I’m excited to be  a part of it and I’ll … Continue reading

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Home for the holidays

One year ends in a blur of big changes with lots of new adventures lined up for the next. Including renovating this beautiful 103-year-old Craftsman that someone decided that we might be fit to own (still not 100% sure how … Continue reading

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Best year of my life so far. Have a feeling I’ll be spending the rest of them trying to keep up with LA’s newest walker.

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Words from my brain can now be found in these two books

Every once in awhile something I write makes its way into a book, which is sometimes (not always!) printed on actual pieces of paper. Here are the latest opportunities for you to read those words, both of which are also lovely compendiums of … Continue reading

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Design advocating

I was surprised and a little shocked when Carlo Caccavale called me a few months ago to let me know that I had won the Design Advocate award from the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects. I was … Continue reading

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Next steps

It’s been quiet here. A little TOO quiet. And that means I’ve got some explaining to do. As you know my life has changed quite a bit since I started a gelato-themed repository for my thoughts. I got married, and … Continue reading

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Finally emerging from the whole keeping-a-newborn-alive grace period and back in action, both behind the keyboard and on the sidewalks. More adventures soon, but couldn’t wait to share our latest work of art.

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