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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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Considering the tremendous struggle over the Dakota Pipeline, I’ve been thinking a lot about what water really means to people, what water brings to us, and what we can bring to water. Closer to home, I recently heard that the 20-year-old plan mapping the future of the LA River is getting an update that will… Read more »

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Over the past few months, a team of designers in Sausalito worked on a tiny landscape measuring just six square meters as part of a competition entry. With nowhere to go but up, we quickly identified verticality as our primary design move. By freeing the ground plane, we aimed to take full advantage of precious… Read more »

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It makes sense that President Obama considers his contributions to ease climate change his greatest legacy. The potentially catastrophic effects on our planet’s ecosystems, and especially on the Greenland and Antarctic icecaps—a rise in sea levels measured not in inches but in tens of feet—might well be the biggest challenge to face mankind. Consider the… Read more »

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Music, movies, T.V. shows, social media, instant messaging, restaurant reviews and recommendations, shopping, breaking news: The dynamics of my daily activities have one thing in common—dependency on the Internet. Not including work, I’m connected three hours a day. A majority of my recreational time includes streaming music on my commute, winding down with a Netflix… Read more »

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As a father with a six-year-old daughter, I often bring her to various local playgrounds for weekend fun time. One special playground deserves attention; not only did she have a great time, but it also influenced me deeply as a designer. The Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and… Read more »

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