Parks and Climate Change: The L.A. County Story

Tree at Schabarum Park

Local and regional parks can be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect and minimize local climate change.  Unfortunately,[Read More...]

Art Share L.A.: Promoting and Supporting the Arts

Art Share LA exterior

What does a creative live/work community art center look like?  Does it even exist?  Well, it certainly does and we[Read More...]

$1 billion of federal funding to weave resilience into disaster preparedness

Rebuild by Design Resilient Workshop

  Last week’s announcement by the White House of $1 billion of funding to go to communities hit by disasters signals that ‘resilience’[Read More...]

How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health


City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s[Read More...]

Tracking the Movement of Angelenos

Human app screenshot

Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“?  I only learned about it last week when I read an[Read More...]

‘Adapt, We May’ – The Chelsea Way: Regional Resilience and America’s Coastal Cities

Chelsea Underwater

Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like. The mind and body rebel a bit at being[Read More...]

The Story of Union Station in Los Angeles

No Further West Union Station Exhibition

Do you know the story of Union Station in Los Angeles?  Over the weekend, I went to the Central Library[Read More...]

Book Review: Working with Planning Consultants

Is working with planning consultants one of your key responsibilities at the office?  Do you want to know how to[Read More...]

Dwell on THIS…

Fan Exhibit

So I started out my summer by attending the Dwell on Design 2014 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center[Read More...]

City of Big Data: Creators and Interpreters

Chicago: City of Big Data at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

The 2nd annual workshop of the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network on June 11, 2014 in Chicago didn’t exactly set[Read More...]

Los Angeles as a Museums Capital: Part III

Jacob Hashimoto’s Gas Giant

Do you think of Los Angeles as a museums capital?  As I have shared in two previous articles (Los Angeles[Read More...]

Converting Garages into a Dissertation: A Conversation with Jacob Wegmann

Unpermitted garage conversion with added living space in unincorporated South Central Los Angeles

Today, planning scholars are examining informality in the United States housing market with the gusto once   reserved for the[Read More...]

You Cannot Trust Santa Monica

Bergamont Transit Village rendering from

Trust in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as the “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective.”  Sadly,[Read More...]

Orange County Great Park: A Work in Progress


Over the weekend, I visited the Orange County Great Park with my family.  Having heard and read so much about[Read More...]

Disasters depend

Ravine Pintade, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In my previous post, I addressed some assumptions author Vishaan Chakrabarti makes in How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters. I[Read More...]

Towards resilient regions

Rockaways Damage

In How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters by Vishaan Chakrabarti, the author uses the example of Hurricane Sandy’s effects within[Read More...]

Touring the Presidio of San Francisco

Presidio Visitor Center

During last month’s National Outdoor Recreation Conference, I had the opportunity to tour the Presidio of San Francisco, a park[Read More...]

Soccer and Park Planning

Rooftop Futsal in Tokyo

Did you know that the World Cup is just two weeks away?  As a soccer fan, I am very excited[Read More...]

California Needs Brown to Trade the Train for Affordable Housing

CCSM Affordable Housing - 15th + Broadway

Governor Brown does not like affordable housing. But, he does like the bullet train that will connect Los Angeles to[Read More...]

Is Space-Sharing Healthy Living?

Formerly an office – copyright: FG

Located in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, there is a space (HQ headquarters) is the space where ideas and projects are[Read More...]