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Recently I’ve taken notice of the emergence of responsive systems in art and architecture. I’m fascinated by their potential, and hopeful that ways to begin exploring their applicability to our field will become more prevalent. For those unfamiliar with such work, responsive systems are those capable of adapting to complex environmental and social conditions. They… Read more »

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In the past five to ten years, the increased use of computational/parametric tools within the design professions has been at the forefront of conversations among academics and professionals. Although most commonly used in architecture for the design and fabrication of complex forms, these tools, in combination with new technologies, have the potential to fundamentally transform… Read more »

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The Sausalito office is planning a new multi-use development on an old industrial site measuring over 100 acres in Davis, California. With such a large site it’s common to include some sort of buffer, often to mitigate storm water or to screen views. James W. Rouse’s site plan for Columbia, Maryland, comes to mind. In… Read more »

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Work commenced on the Iron Horse Park Master Plan in 2012, the conversion of an abandoned 40-acre rail yard. Situated in a dense residential area, the mile-long site has numerous properties backing up to it, resulting in a significant stakeholder group. The rail yard has returned to a state of disturbed wilderness, overrun with invasive… Read more »

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SWA photographer Tom Fox recently returned from two weeks of shooting our projects in China. He was moved by this scene and invites viewers to suggest a caption. Please respond in the Comments area.

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