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Increasingly, the influence of social media and the popularity of iconic imagery determines how, when, and where one should travel. The more an image is shared, viewed, or liked the more credibility a destination has. Yet, standards based solely on a photograph don’t consider the essence of the place. It’s human nature to want to… Read more »

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In January this year, I made a short visit to my hometown. Hangzhou is one of the Chinese cities most visited by tourists, with 123 million visitors in 2015. The municipality used to encourage locals to either stay at home or travel away from the city during long public holidays, because of the extreme congestion in parks and natural open… Read more »

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The inspiration for my 2016 Patrick Curran Fellowship stemmed from the desire to elevate and proliferate the in-house motion graphic capabilities of our Los Angeles office. This initial impetus then evolved into a firm- and discipline-wide consideration. My proposal, LArchVIS (Landscape Architectural Visualization), was to revisit static concept packages with an eye on current trends… Read more »

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Smart Growth America released a study in January about dangerous streets for pedestrians. The study, “Dangerous by Design 2016,” was the 4th edition outlining the pedestrian death epidemic that totaled over 46,000 lives from 2005-2014. According to the report, Americans were 7.2 times more likely to die as a pedestrian than in a natural disaster…. Read more »

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Last September, SWA’s innovation lab, xl, produced its “Report on the Current State of Immersive Environments for Design.”  It included an assessment of the emerging technologies of 360 video, spherical panoramas, virtual reality, and mixed reality for design. As the lab’s co-leaders, we had recognized throughout the firm a desire to use virtual reality in… Read more »

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“To make a landscape is a very violent act,” designer Walter Hood told his small, appreciative audience at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, while pausing to share a construction shot. Indeed, the presence of large cranes and boulders at the refined Upper East Side location seemed especially intrusive. As part of the museum’s updated… Read more »

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