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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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To address increasingly complex environmental, technical, and cultural issues, new forms of practice in design have emerged, and established practices are evolving.  In July of this year, SWA moved to launch XL: Experiments in Landscape and Urbanism.  XL is a research and innovation lab unique within the field of landscape architecture and urban design. In… 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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At the turn of this century, we are a society focused on reconnecting with ourselves, our ethnicity, the environment, and each other. In a traditional sense, our minds must be freed through the freedom of the body, and a park is a place that can allow this to happen–a place to unwind and reflect on… Read more »

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When I moved to London as a young man I was fascinated by the form of the city and in particular the melding of the ancient with the new and its ability to absorb growth in an organic manner. As a city blessed with examples of the finest architecture, from the very modern to pre-Elizabethan,… Read more »

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“Whatever I may have fondly supposed, all that I have been writing and saying over the past years has in the last analysis dealt with a single topic — how to define (or redefine) the concept of landscape.” — J.B. Jackson As a graduate student, I dedicated much of my landscape theory track obsessing about… Read more »

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