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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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Singapore

Before July of 2012, I couldn’t have told you where Singapore was on the world map. But the move there for a two-year job opportunity happened in six weeks. Faced with downsizing our living quarters by half, we purged possessions and sold cars, shipped off essentials and left our home of 15 years in St…. Read more »

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Berlin Tempelhof Airport

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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TOO MANY TREES

Two of my ongoing retail clients just told me that we have too many trees in their designs. “Take them out,” was the order. Then last week there was a book about Islamic cities lying on one of my colleague’s desks. I flipped through it and saw the following: Examples of disallowance in streets: number… 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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