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On August 30th SWA’s innovation lab, XL: Experiments in Landscape and Urbanism, opened an exhibition entitled Urban Sensorium: 5 Cities, 5 Senses, 5 Maps at SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco. Over the course of the evening, about 200 people passed through the gallery space, checking out the freshly mounted panels, sipping on beers brewed… Read more »

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Recent advancements in technology have sparked an emergence of motion-graphics, 3D visualization, and virtual and augmented reality tools in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Alongside the challenges of this new reality come tremendous opportunities, as designers gain access to the same technology used by Hollywood filmmakers and game developers. Such breakthroughs have immense potential… Read more »

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I made my first digital drawing in Microsoft Paint on my dad’s computer when I was in primary school. It was so exciting then to be able to draw without a pencil, and paint with shades unconstrained by my color sets. Although the drawing tools were very primitive, I was enthusiastic about creating simple images on a monitor. Since university, where… Read more »

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As a new chapter begins at SWA’s innovation Lab, XL: Experiments in Landscape and Urbanism, we want to reflect upon what we’ve learned, accomplished, and hope to tackle in the upcoming months. Over the past year, XL developed four new investigatory projects in our foundational areas of focus: foresight, research, visualization and simulation, and issues…. 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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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 »