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: USC/Annenberg Getty
It’s not often you’re delivered two life-changing experiences in the course of a year. In 2010 I was selected for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship, an honor that irrevocably changed the course of my writing career. And less than 12 … Continue reading
It’s amazing really, how something handmade can instantly trump the tallest towers. How seeing the evidence of someone’s hard work makes you want to stop and stare. And the little imperfections make these contributions far more interesting than anything else … Continue reading
“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
As you may remember around this time last year, I packed my bags and moved downtown for a spell as part of an intense immersive experience for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. Last year, I and my fellow fellows were … Continue reading
Forget resolutions, poo-pooing the past 12 months, or drinking heavily to delete the shortcomings of the year. 2010 was actually an incredibly fun, productive time for me as a writer, and I can only hope that 2011 will bring as … Continue reading
On this eve of gluttony, I thought I’d look back at some of the lesser-known highlights of my USC/Annenberg Getty fellowship. And that’s when—in between the many, many treasured cultural venues we were lucky enough to visit—I managed to locate … Continue reading
It doesn’t get much more Los Angeles than this, does it? This is the Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22. Perhaps one of the most famous houses in the world. I have been dying to see this … Continue reading
It’s no secret around here that I’m in love with something called Machine Project. It’s an entity that can at its most simplest be described as a storefront in Echo Park. It’s currently adorned with sheets of thinly sliced beets, … Continue reading
Introducing the non-LA residents in the group to the magic that is Animal Style Fries at In-N-Out. I mean, can you just look at the charred bliss of those caramelized onions, layered with a perfectly plastic square of cheese, topped … Continue reading