December 2023

December 14, 2023

Mayor Karen Bass Reflects on First Year in Office

This week, Mayor Karen Bass held a press conference to reflect on her first year in office as the City of Los Angeles' Mayor. TPR here shares a transcript to the Mayor’s full address and comments. In her address, the Mayor offered a progress report on her many initiatives: the Inside Safe program, her office’s executive directives “streamlining” affordable housing development, the commitments being made to building a green economy, as well as her many public safety initiatives.

December 4, 2023

Brenda Levin Gives Career Spanning Interview at ULI Luminaries Reception

Recently, the Urban Land Institute hosted one of their Luminaries receptions honoring famed Los Angeles architect and historic preservation expert, Brenda Levin. The career spanning interview, given by friend and former Executive Director of ULI, Gail Goldberg, traces Levin’s path from her life and schooling on the east coast to the ‘architectural wasteland’ of America; 1970s Los Angeles. Levin talks of her many iconic projects, beginning with a career-defining moment in Bob Hope’s home in Palm Springs, to the Oviatt Building and her partnerships with Wayne Ratkovich, to LA City Hall and Griffith Observatory, to her still ongoing work at Dodger Stadium. Levin also speaks of the now changing landscape of Los Angeles, and the importance of not compromising on good design in the name of building at any cost.

December 4, 2023

LA 2028 Olympics Cultural Opportunities: Aaron Paley

TPR spoke with Aaron Paley of Community Arts Resources, one of the letter’s signers, on just what such a victory should look like & include. Paley also speaks of the unmet challenge of past Olympic games, and the need for much greater transparency and communication with LA28, the Olympic planning commission.

December 4, 2023

John Onderdonk on Decarbonizing Caltech’s Entire Campus

Caltech, which has long been at the forefront of science & innovation, has been investing for years in its campus’ sustainability. TPR spoke with John Onderdonk, working out of the Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, on his role as Caltech’s Assistant Vice President of Facilities Operations and Services at the campus and the many efforts underway to modernize their grid and prepare for the future realities of climate change. In the interview, Onderdonk speaks of the challenges of meeting the demands of a “small city” (Caltech) and the challenge of, literally, building the airplane while you’re flying it.


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