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Our blog is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.


Land Use

Hi everyone, I’m writing because I just joined an important campaign to stop the tar sands in Canada–and I want you to join me. It only takes a minute to sign the petition: www.350.org/take-a-stand If you haven’t heard of the tar sands, they’re a massive operation that many people call the most environmentally destructive project […]

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I’m looking forward to listening to Michael Krasny’s segment on the 50th anniversary of Pt. Reyes National Seashore. My childhood was punctuated by trips to the wild seashores of Limantour Beach, boat camping trips to Marshall beach in Tomales Bay and visits to the recreated Coast Miwok village of Kule Loklo. This variety of magical […]

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We’re thinking a lot about ways to dress up a building with exterior graphics. L Studio is honored to work on one of the first sites in the blighted Hunters Point Shipyard that will be visibly improved, albeit simply, in the next few years. If the walls and grounds of the Shipyard could talk, they […]

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I love the NPR Cities Project. Here’s an excerpt from just one of their fascinating stories. As our cities have become more complex the physics embodying their behavior and organization has also become more nuanced, subtle and profound… [The] city becomes a vast interconnected system designed for turning energy into work. Seen through that lens, […]

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More from Richard Florida, champion of the Creative Class: They shop at Urban Outfitters, they drive a Prius and, you guessed it, they love cities. And who can blame them? Would you rather drive 90 minutes to a heat island of concrete parking lots to enter a low-slung, overly-air conditioned office building, or stroll through […]

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Orion Magazine published several photos by mulitmedia photographer Douglas Gayeton in its May / June issue. Check out the work in the magazine, and learn about the artist’s motivations for putting writing over pictures in this narrated slide show of his work.

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Thanks to KQED’s Climate Watch series and this brilliant illustration.

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Weekend in SF from robert mcintosh on Vimeo.

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There has been a lot of grumbling about the expense of the proposed high speed rail line that would link Northern and Southern California. As with any massive infrastructure development, the issues are complex, effecting landscapes, people, and a myriad of special interests and the cost seems impossibly high for our poor, bankrupt state. That […]

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We’ve been working with BRIDGE housing, the master developer for a housing and mixed use project at the MacArthur BART station in Oakland. We’ve been thinking a lot about how developers might create an authentic sense of place identity that enhances an existing neighborhood and adds a new level of vibrancy to what is currently […]

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