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SWA San Francisco was recently shortlisted together with partner Studios Architecture and a handful of other teams for an ideas competition for the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay. The 130-acre site along the bay’s edge is just seven miles from the current campus and will grant graduate degrees related to world health, climate change,… Read more »

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Established in 1990, Retrospect is an annual public outreach event organized by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Hosted at the NorthPark Center (a prominent Dallas mall), its purpose is to introduce Dallas-area design firms to the local community and raise funds for the Dallas AIA Chapter. The exhibition consists of three-dimensional… Read more »

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Every year nearly two million visitors flock to the isolated city of Cabo San Lucas, on the southern tip of North America’s West Coast, to experience the beautiful geography where desert meets sea. Among the numerous high-end resorts there is a five-star standout called The Resort at Pedregal, where I spent 20 days during January… Read more »

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It’s no news that the Golden State is potentially facing its most serious drought ever. The topic has been a media staple since NASA released an alarming report revealing that California has one year of water left in its surface water reservoirs. With water resources already being stressed—increased population growth and a decrease in available… Read more »

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An “urban village” is a very unique spatial and social landscape formed by the rapid urbanization process in China’s major cities. It’s a rural village surrounded by urban development rather than farmland. The land for housing is owned by village collectives instead of a municipal authority. Moreover, the residents in the urban village are a… Read more »

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When I was a kid growing up in Hangzhou, a city in southern China, I lived very close to a community park that I often visited after school. I especially loved playing on the slides and a grand tube. After I entered the fourth grade and had homework to finish, I continued to beg my… Read more »

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