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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.


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It goes by many names: Global Warming, Climate Change, Global Climate Disruption… But the efforts to re-brand the outcomes of burning too many fossil fuels have not yet resulted in any workable solutions to the problem. Last Monday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal presents 5 ways to think about energy that could change the […]

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Hot off the presses! L Studio creative director Marianna Leuschel has teamed up with Mary Breuer of Breuer Consulting Group to conduct their second annual survey of professionals in the built environment since the crash of 2008. A summary of their conversations with over 20 professionals, from landscape architects to developers to lenders is published […]

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Since about half of ghg emissions in California are caused by driving, let’s stop rating buildings by their double-paned windows and think back to the old real estate adage, “Location, location, location.” Now environmentalists and planners are taking up the same mantra. A regular old building (and its residents’ lifestyle) may be greener if it’s […]

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Digital prohibition? By Jurriaan Kamp, Ode, August 2010 There is no question what’s best for our own fulfillment and for society’s success – our creativity. And it appears that in order to serve that creativity we have to be less online. “Almost certainly, downtime lets the brain go over experiences it’s had, solidify them and […]

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Editorial, New York Times, July 9, 2010 On Wednesday, a panel in Britain concluded that scientists whose e-mail had been hacked late last year had not, as critics alleged, distorted scientific evidence to prove that global warming was occurring and that human beings were primarily responsible. …The panel found no such conspiracy. It complained mildly […]

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All Things Considered, NPR, March 24, 2010 Melissa Block interviews MoMA curator Paola Antonelli Who knew this characteristic shorthand of the digital age dates back to monastic books of the Middle Ages? Listen to this engaging explanation of how “@” evolved from Latin shorthand to digital directive by Senior curator Paola Antonelli. Just think what […]

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by Christopher Joyce All Things Considered, NPR Our friend Kristin Coates pointed us to this fascinating segment. Are you an ‘Individualist’ or a ‘Communitarian’? You can tell us…

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Listen to this fascinating conversation about the 3rd Industrial Revolution and the reimagination of the human narrative from an empathic perspective. Let’s change our consciousness in hopes of surviving alongside almost 7 billion others.

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It’s true that global agreements, national cap and trade plans, and sustainable community strategies are desperately needed if we are going to slow or halt climate change. It’s also true that, especially as citizens of rich democracies, we should be pushing our elected leaders to take real action on this issue. In the meantime, however, […]

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Carol Coletta, GOOD, August 20, 2009 Attach the word “urban” to almost any ill, and what is bad becomes worse. Urban poverty is worse than poverty. Urban crime is worse than crime. It must follow that urban neighborhoods are worse than just neighborhoods, right? Wrong. In fact, really wrong. But you would hardly know it […]

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