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 2012, 2011 and 2010.
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
Car-free Freedom: Does surrendering your automobile in LA make you feel helpless or more independent?
- 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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Category Archives: Core77
Last month, I was tapped by my dear friend Valerie Casey to participate in the Designers Accord/Core77 “Sustainability in 7” series. They asked seven designers, writers, and thinkers to pass along seven things anyone needs to know about sustainability. I’m … Continue reading
I was asked to write a column this month for my good friends at Core77 and I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to report on the extremely inspiring panel I saw when I was in Madrid about alternative … Continue reading
That lonely aimless feeling you felt yesterday was more than the sloth of Labor Day leaving your body. Everyone who had something to look forward to in life went back to school, while you just dragged yourself into the same … Continue reading
I totally should have posted this earlier today, but I was too busy plundering the Ferry Building to put together non-food thoughts. All day tomorrow I’ll be liveblogging Compostmodern on Core77 which means you can play along at home with … Continue reading
After recording plenty of audio interviews, my first Straight to Video production for my good friends at Core77 features the delightful Elena Manferdini and her elegant MERLETTI<inter>LACE installation at SCI-Arc. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s up until May … Continue reading