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At the turn of the 20th century, only ten percent of the world’s population resided in cities; today, that number has grown to nearly fifty percent. Paul Romer, Director of the Marron Institute at NYU, projects that “in 100 years, there will be about five billion more urban residents in the evolving world than there… Read more »

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The first time I heard the phrase “civic-scale landscape” was about 25 years ago, when I was working with a colleague on a large-scale landscape/urban design project in Anaheim, California. She actually said, “What this project needs is a landscape with a civic scale.” Which is not exactly the same as “civic-scale landscape,” but her… Read more »

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Corners without curb cuts Broken sidewalks Ficus tree sidewalk upheaval Poorly signaled traffic lights Cars in driveways blocking sidewalk Fallen trees across sidewalk Sidewalks closed indefinitely for construction Mysterious deep puddles (it hasn’t rained in months) City parking lot without elevator or pedestrian ramp Sprinklers watering sidewalk Drivers turning right without yielding to pedestrians Lack… Read more »

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Bill Tatham, from the Sausalito office, was assisting with the student program in Los Angeles last week when he snapped this iconic image. And while there are many standout attractions in LA, Dodger Stadium is truly in a league of its own. Even those who are not baseball fanatics will appreciate the sensual qualities of… Read more »

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The importance of identity is of reoccurring interest in the profession and garners special concern when a city undergoes modernization. In fact, identity seems to drive these types of transformations; and although cities keep a tight hold on identities they know to represent them well, they often lack the strength to execute based on those… Read more »

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Branding Wall is the 12′x10′ exposed concrete surface in the entry hall at SWA’s San Francisco office. The concept is to change the installation several times a year, not only to promote the office but also to encourage employees to use their talents on a non work-related project. My idea was to create a continuing… Read more »

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