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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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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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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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Join de LaB for Making LA!

For almost seven years (!) I’ve been taking fellow design lovers along on walking tours, bike rides, and light-rail field trips to visit historical landmarks, unfinished buildings, new restaurants and bars, freshly planted parks, abandoned subway stations and many, many more … Continue reading

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Frank Gehry, architectural badass

Yes, I would say that getting to meet Frank Gehry last night was one of the highlights of my architectural writing career. How about the fact that he was even more funny and witty and off-the-cuff than I expected him … Continue reading

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Why is Los Angeles disliked by so many people?

“It’s not a city, it’s an endless urban sprawl. Carpet store, lamp store, plumbing store, carpet store, plumbing store… on and on for as far as the eye can see. Backing up that urban sprawl are suburbs that either have … Continue reading

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My favorite stories of 2011

Last year on this day I posted my own version of a year-in-review with my 13 favorite stories of the year. (Why 13, everyone wanted to know? Was I superstitious? Unlucky? Honestly, it just worked out that way.) This year, … Continue reading

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Ice Cube loves LA, bitch

I once thought of myself as a special kind of cheerleader for Los Angeles, an eloquent advocate for its evasive beauty. I tried to give a voice to LA’s unique brand of urbanism. But now I don’t have to anymore. I’m … Continue reading

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Art is underfoot

“Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum” reads the first line of our mission statement for this week. Our Moving Experience team has been embarking on a variety of activities to test this theory. And as a personal exercise, I’ve been … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with this color?

I’ll be glad to see October end on Monday. Not just because that day is also the greatest holiday of the year. But because it will signify the end to the pink-hued month of awareness about breast cancer. I hate … Continue reading

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