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When we talk about a great rooftop space, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A green roof with a comfortable dining area? A crowded bar? Or, a swimming pool with great city views? Think outside the sandbox:  Two rooftop playgrounds show that there are many creative ways to utilize the roof spaces, and… 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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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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As architects of the public realm, a critical component of our job is to thoroughly understand the needs of our clients in order to generate a successful project on multiple levels. Design realized without the careful study of who will be using the space and in what ways can result in a ghostly landscape absent… Read more »

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Cities around the world experience conflict around religion, language, culture, and ethnicity. Ever since the Tunisian uprising against Ben Ali in 2011, stories of protest around the world seem to amass at an astounding rate. Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Ukraine, and, more recently, Venezuela and Hong Kong, are among many places where people have organized to… Read more »

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Sitting just north of Allen’s Landing, near the confluence of the White Oak and Buffalo bayous and bisected by two major roadways and rail lines, lies Houston’s historic Warehouse District. It’s situated close enough to downtown to be considered one of its ten districts, yet its unique location, obscured by layers of both manmade and… Read more »