Category Archives: designing

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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Bump ahead

If you hadn’t already noticed, things are slowing down on this blog. I’m about to head off on maternity leave, and even though my writing output will be curbed somewhat, I’m looking at it as an important time to focus … Continue reading

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On the disappearing, reappearing Hollywood sign

Who would have guessed that a little story I wrote on this here blog in 2011 would end up causing such a ruckus. All I wanted to do was help people to easily find the Hollywood Sign, a place that’s … Continue reading

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Understanding “misunderstood LA”

The ongoing transformation of LA is something I get pretty enthusiastic about, so I was very excited when I got interviewed by The Guardian to share some of my favorite LA topics including bikes, buses, bougainvillea, The Big Parade, and hot … 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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Come talk about Sister Corita at PMCA

I’ve written many many times about my love for Sister Corita Kent, the designer, activist and nun whose work was inspired by the place she called “marvelously unfinished Los Angeles.” Next summer, the Pasadena Museum of California Art will be … Continue reading

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The colorful world of Deborah Sussman

The legendary designer, fashion icon, lover of LA, and my hero Deborah Sussman has passed away at age 83. I’d known Deborah for over 10 years had written about her inspiring work many, many, many times over the years. She was … Continue reading

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From the ashes

Every time I write a story for Dwell I seem to have some kind of funny personal connection to the subject. A story I recently wrote about a home in Silver Lake, for example, was an apartment complex less than … Continue reading

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