Hey there! My name is Alissa. I’m a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA.
You can learn more about who I am, what I write, why I walk, and even see where I live and work. In 2010 I was honored to be named as an USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism fellow. You also might like this talk I gave about how to do the work you love, or this New York Times article that featured me and other LA pedestrians.
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I regularly write about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for several publications. You can read my latest and greatest stories below, or clicking on the publication will take you to all my articles for that publication. You can also read my favorite stories from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Beyond Peak Juice Bar: What else can our neighborhoods be?
- New York Times
Night+Market Song: A Thai wunderkind serves up a second course.
Self Preservation: How a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.
- Studio 360
Nobody Walks in LA: Why does this song from 1982 keep getting stuck in people's heads?
- Los Angeles Times
How Small Is Too Small?: An exhibition about micro-apartments shows us the LA of the future.
- Fast Company
Mad for Madison: Why tech startups—and the people who run them—are crazy for the Wisconsin capital.
- LA Weekly
Overdrive: Is our discussion of postwar Los Angeles architecture too focused on cars?
XOXO Loves Tech: A new Portland conference launches and breaks all the records—and the rules.
- DnA: Design and Architecture
The Future's So Bright?: Talking student debt with CalArts graduates
Bus-Riding Celebrities: Why don't more eco-savvy stars ride public transit?
- Los Angeles Magazine
Better Off Ped: A richer (and skinnier) writer on the perks of walking in LA
- Designers and Books
Summer Reading: Four design books for poolside reading that are light but not fluffy.
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And how was your long weekend? More signs by my talented husband (going fast!) at scharwath.com Update: Look at that, I can embed Instagram videos now…
Just back from Denver and the wedding of my sister Beth to the adorable Robin. It was a whirlwind and emotional week, as these things often are, but I luckily got to spend plenty of time with my sister, including … Continue reading →
Last year, when I was strolling about London, I gave a talk at the WIRED 2012 conference about the importance of designing our cities for walking: It’s the simplest, fastest way to make a city safer, healthier, and economically stronger. At the … Continue reading →
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 →