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When I began working at SWA in Houston back in September of 2011, I also started a challenge unrelated to work, one addressed to myself and to the city of Houston. The goal was simple: surviving without a car. How long could I successfully move around the country’s fourth largest city exclusively by bike and,… Read more »

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Located about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, Solano State Prison is home to 3,800 incarcerated men. Sandwiched between an oak-studded hillside to the west and a sea of suburban cul-de-sacs to the east, the medium-security facility stands out in its surroundings. From above, the basic structure of the 146-acre prison becomes clear: A long… Read more »

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Your favorite memories of playtime as a child likely recall experiences of adventure and exploration. Discovering the world around you by climbing trees, building forts, chasing lizards, making mud pies, and creating forts from the household furnishings is part of being a child; it’s also the premise for a type of play environment known as… Read more »

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“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” Mark Twain’s words came to mind as I did my best to survive a bike ride through downtown Los Angeles. Cars came within inches of me as they darted around, swerving from lane to lane. Buses lumbered along and pushed me further into the… Read more »

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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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