The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Alissa Walker

Last Updated: May 16, 2011

The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Alissa Walker

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Friday, June 24 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

On June 24th, as part of the annual AIA|LA Design Conference at Dwell on Design, we are coordinating a series of candid discussions about how to design transportation systems that will support and strengthen healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods.

In an effort to inspire advance dialogue, Will Wright reached out to several of the participating speakers to hear their thoughts.

Here is an in-depth response from Alissa Walker, lover of Los Angeles and all things gelato. Ms. Walker was recently interviewed on Debbie Millman's show DESIGN MATTERS.

Alissa Walker is a freelance writer who can most often be found in Los Angeles. She writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications, including GOOD and Fast Company, and is the associate producer for the public radio show "DnA: Design and Architecture." In 2010, Alissa served as the product design curator for the California Design Biennial and was named as a USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing about design and urbanism. She lives in a royal blue house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, writes infrequently on her blog, Gelatobaby, and relishes life in L.A. without a car.

From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

We need our infrastructure to acknowledge the fact that pedestrians and cyclists are not second class citizens.

How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

We need to focus on making a system that's comfortable, attractive and safe so more people will want to get out of their cushy cars.

From a global perspective, how far behind/ how far ahead is California?

California as a whole is quite progressive, but in Los Angeles, the improvements to our city aren't being made as quickly as other cities. Why are we so far behind other cities when we have an entire industry based here that's all about envisioning the impossible?

What do you most enjoy right now, when it comes to our current transportation system? What's working well? What's the 'baby' you don't want to throw out with the murky bathwater?

I think riding L.A.'s buses is a completely affordable, reliable, and, yes!, enjoyable experience that might be Los Angeles's best-kept secret.

Describe one of your more memorable mobility experiences, i.e., a specific bike-ride, walk, train ride, urban hike, road-trip, plain-trip or sea-faring adventure that still resonates even after all these years. What made it special? How can we create equitable opportunities for others to enjoy these types of experiences?

The BIG PARADE, a two-day, 35-mile stairwalk from downtown to Hollywood is something I look forward to all year:

100 staircases, 35 miles, two days, and too many new friends to count
click on the above link to read Ms. Walker's narrative of last year's Big Parade

I think people need to find little mini-excursions like "The Big Parade" in their own neighborhoods that allow them to slow down, get out of the car, and see L.A. for what it really is. Maps, tour groups, and signage could help.

Join the Discussion, Share Your Perspective

You're encouraged to share your own perspective with AIA|LA. Answer the following six questions: (or feel free to add your own)

  1. From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

  2. How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

  3. From a global perspective, how far behind/ how far ahead is California?

  4. What do you most enjoy right now, when it comes to our current transportation system? What's working well? What's the 'baby' you don't want to throw out with the murky bathwater?

  5. What is your vision for the year 2050? Share a glimpse of a day-in-your life as it relates to your personal mobility.

  6. Describe one of your more memorable mobility experiences, i.e., a specific bike-ride, walk, train ride, urban hike, road-trip, plain-trip or sea-faring adventure that still resonates even after all these years. What made it special? How can we create equitable opportunities for others to enjoy these types of experiences?

The author of the most compelling response will receive a complimentary pass to the "Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium.

Share your perspective by writing Will Wright at will@aialosangeles.org with "The Architecture of Transportation" in the subject line.

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Friday, June 24 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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