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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 success of our profession exists within a web of ever-changing socioeconomic and political factors, and we find ourselves working tirelessly to be the best at what we do within these opportunities and constraints. We tend to be defined by our victories and left to learn from our losses, assuming our collective humility can overstep… Read more »

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“You can go to the mountains and the beach in one afternoon” goes the classic Angeleno humble-brag. I first heard it on the East Coast, where my friends and I plotted for days just to escape the NYC subway system. In Los Angeles, from the beaches of Santa Monica to the trails of the San… Read more »

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Living a stone’s throw from the 127-acre Silver Lake Reservoirs, a popular recreation spot in downtown Los Angeles, I decided to take a more active role as a neighbor and joined the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy (SLRC). The all-volunteer, non-profit was created in 1988 by concerned community members as a reaction to the proposal by… Read more »

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Empty lots fill the spaces we meander through daily, adding little or no amenity to our communities and occasionally detracting from the environment that surrounds them. They’re strewn about cities, seemingly stagnant in time and hidden beneath the shadows of buildings, often going unnoticed. They rarely harbor visitors except for the occasional bicyclists cutting through,… Read more »

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The Social Impact Design Initiative (SIDI) has evolved into a platform for developing new ideas and collaborating across studios. The collective conscience of the group encourages critical thinking about intentions and outcomes in our projects. It offers a platform for exchanging ideas between like-minded peers and reinforces the importance of socially responsible thinking in the… Read more »

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