The Ethics of Governing

PhD candidate Anthony Orlando discusses the “Ethics of Democracy” in the latest episode of Our American Discourse.

Democracy is a dialogue. It requires our leaders to ask, to listen, and to react. Good governance thus hinges on conversation and consent—and whether we like it or not, conflict. Planners and policymakers have to balance competing needs, never more so than in today’s polarized environment. How do they do the right thing? Does such a thing even exist? Citizenship demands that we engage with these uncomfortable questions, especially in this troubled era.

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The City & The City

The City and The City by China Miéville is a noir detective murder mystery set in an urban fantasy landscape where the cities of Beszel and Ul Qoma are not just neighboring, but enmeshed in overlapping space. What begins as a question of whether the young woman’s murderer transferred the body between the cities illegally (Breach) becomes a…

Falletta course listed in The 7 Best Sustainable Design Courses in America

Metropolis Magazine, in a story about the best sustainable design courses at universities, mentioned the USC Price School’s real estate development graduate course, “Design History and Criticism,’ taught by Liz Falletta. One of the most interesting courses chosen is offered as part of a Real Estate Development program at the University of Southern California. A…

Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles

This episode features a discussion of David Ulin’s Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. A transplant to Los Angeles from New York, Ulin’s long essay/memoir is a meditation on moving through and defining his relationship with the sprawling diversity that is the City of Angels. The book begins with an essay on how walking can be a way to discover the city (any city or town) through serendipity.

Architecture 2030 selects Falletta course in pilot curriculum project

Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Liz Falletta‘s course Design History & Criticism is one of seven courses selected to participate in the pilot phase of the 2030 Curriculum Project by Architecture 2030. The initiative will support university courses that “fully integrate lessons in energy use, emissions, and resiliency into the widest possible range of projects and topic…

Can LA Lead in Transportation Innovation? A Conversation with Ashley Hand

Love to hate LA traffic?

Listen to recent Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow Ashley Hand @azhandkc to learn about her Urban Mobility in a Digital Age report, and the city’s tech- and not tech-based future.

Liz Falletta – Faculty Bio

Liz Falletta teaches architectural and urban design at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching design across disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her courses focus on design as an interdisciplinary activity and explore how the intersecting values of architecture, planning and development can inform the design process and improve design outcomes. She is currently at work on By-Right | By-Design, an interdisciplinary housing reference text.

LA Hashtags Itself

Los Angeles Hashtags Itself, a six-episode, limited series podcast, looking at Angeleno organizations leading trend of using digital media for urban & social development. Digital media are fast becoming the for material and social placemaking.

If you like art, community benefits organizations, cultural journalism, real estate, transportation, and the technology industry generally, we hope you will find something worth hearing.

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