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A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy. Although it’s difficult to isolate the monetary… Read more »

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There is one day in particular that I remember clearly from my third year as an undergrad student studying landscape architecture. The department’s career fair saw most of the fourth-year students parading around in ill-fitting suits armed with resumes and portfolios, accessories aimed to secure a future in the profession. In the short time it… Read more »

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Last year the San Francisco Office was excited to offer pro-bono design and documentation services to a  halfway-house nonprofit residential treatment center. The plan was to solicit material donations and have a volunteer construction day to build therapy gardens for the facility.  We collaborated with the organization’s directors and staff to make a survey, conduct soil… Read more »

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SWA leads an option studio at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Fall Semester 2013   “Essayons!” meaning “Let us try” in French, was the motto first used by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1775. The motto has since evolved to “Building Strong,” reflecting its mission to “strengthen the nation’s security,… Read more »

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Public Space is a place for community as well as a topic for discourse between designers and patrons. This duality may be seen in our most recent entrance wall installation, a parametric sculpture inspired by conceptual harmonies between two- and three-dimensional media and reflecting the tension between an evolving community and a static installation in… Read more »

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Cities today are mostly car-centric landscapes.  Sidewalks place pedestrians directly beside exhaust-spewing vehicles with little to no buffer.  High-speed thoroughfares or highways often dissect neighborhoods and lack appropriate pedestrian or bicycle infrastructure.  These conditions are seen in cities around the globe; however, some cities are finding opportunities to reintroduce car-free zones that give the streets… Read more »