Reflections and Commentaries on Architecture, Urbanism, and People

Drought Fight

The drought: hot topic of the summer as its effects slowly make themselves felt.  For me, although we’ve tightened up our water usage for a while now, I’ve only begun … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Next Stop: Dream Job

This past month or so has been quite a blur:  I resigned from my first professional job, which brought an onslaught of emotion; and I also landed what I suspect … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Restore Pershing Square!

Calling all Angelinos and Urbanists:  Sign this petition to help restore Pershing Square as our central park.  As I write this, only 234 more signatures are needed! Prior to the 1950’s:  A … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

“What’s the good news?”

I can usually count on a certain supervisor of mine to greet me with this particular question.  Despite how often it’s posed, I am almost always caught off-guard and almost … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Home, Sweet Home

Well, it has been about a year since I’ve taken my writing (typing) pen out.  I am married now, and my last name is officially not Tran anymore, but I … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meet Bella

Bella.  She’s my 2002, Intensa Blue Pearl, 5-Speed, Lexus IS-300.  Dream car since the eighth grade.  Searched high and low for her throughout Southern California when my family decided that … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

A carne asada burrito, please.

There is something about bus stops that encourages people to tell their stories.  You can see this phenomenon in movies–Forrest Gump, for example, begins as he retells his whole life’s … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Life lessons from the train

I used to tell my college classmates (who mostly weren’t from California) that the biggest reason L.A. sucks is because it has no viable alternative for transportation.  It was car-dependent. … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Where do people tend to sit most?

Every other Friday afternoon, my studio has (or tries to squeeze in) something called our “Friday presentation,” an hour reserved for learning where a coworker usually presents a current project or … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · Leave a comment


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