Hey there! My name is Alissa. I’m a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA.
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I regularly write about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for several publications. You can read my latest stories here, or clicking on the publication will take you to all my articles for that publication. You can also read my favorite stories from 2011 and 2010.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
How a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.
- Fast Company: Mad for Madison
Why tech startups—and the people who run them—are crazy for the Wisconsin capital.
- LA Weekly: Flattened L.A.
Can a penny-pressing machine by Diane Meyer save Los Angeles architecture?
- Wired: XOXO Loves Tech
A new Portland conference launches and breaks all the records—and the rules.
- GOOD: Car-free Freedom
Does surrendering your automobile in L.A. make you feel helpless or more independent?
- KCET Food: Kickstarting Restaurants
Some of L.A.'s most popular food experiences are being funded by people just like you.
- Designers and Books: Summer Reading
Four design books for poolside reading that are light but not fluffy.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
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Forecast is 94 degrees and there’s smoke from a half dozen fires streaking across the sky. So much for spring, right? If you’re not busy downing margaritas this weekend, be sure to check out Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture … Continue reading →
I posted some photos last night from an Architectones event I went to at the Sheats Goldstein residence. For design nerds, it’s well-known as one of the most triumphant works of renowned architect John Lautner. For hard-core basketball fans, it’s known … Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate spring, And I begin to rant about my favorite things. Easter is only four weeks away And the Peeps have already come out to play. You know the deal, send me … Continue reading →
A caveat: As a writer, I understand how these things go. Lists are the ultimate traffic bait. No one agrees with them, so everyone post comments on the story with their approval/disapproval of the contents therein. The story gets passed … Continue reading →
I’m in glorious Palm Springs for Modernism Week, where I’m part of the PS Mod Squad, taking photos and spreading love via Instagram. This morning, I grabbed one of the powder blue beach cruisers from the Saguaro (where I’m staying) … Continue reading →
I’m not sure what the statute of limitations are on calling yourself a newlywed—I’m guessing it has something to do with when you stop calling your husband your boyfriend?—but I’m definitely still feeling the giddy just-married glow. So, on the … Continue reading →
Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to visit and there’s no better time to go than Modernism Week, the annual showcase of desert-faring architecture and design. This year, I’m one of eight Instagrammers who will be dispatched there for … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago I hopped the pond for a week spent in a city that loves its pedestrians so much, it paints these little love letters to their safety all over town. And it loves its rain so much, … Continue reading →
When I received an assignment from Dwell to write about a special Los Angeles house, I felt like it was a story meant for me. The house was in one of those impossible, only-in-LA locations: a secret canyon in a … Continue reading →
More photos, details and memories to come. Now, back to work…