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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.


Archive for January, 2011

SF.StreetsBlog.org is publishing a five part series of excerpts from our new favorite book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, by Peter Calthorpe. Get a sneak preview (with some peeks at L Studio-designed infographics) before you buy your own copy. From the series: The urban solution involves both technology and design… Shaping regions that […]

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So we’re suckers for GOOD magazine, and the latest issue is right up our alley. It’s all about energy. How humans can conserve it and make more of it so that those 6 billion others ( even the Bottom Billion ) can use it, too. Brian Walsh’s article offers revelations about the futility of cap […]

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This sobering article explains the Jevons paradox, a theory developed by mid 19th century English economist William Stanley Jevons in his book, “The Coal Question”. (Yes, it has been a question for over 100 years!) The basic premise is that increased efficiency makes energy cheaper, and therefore easier to use. It’s not that I advocate […]

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The 2011 special edition of The Economist has several sections that caught L Studio’s eye. The first is from Arianna Huffington, who argues that America is in danger of becoming  a Third World country if we the people don’t stand up and demand more from ourselves, our business leaders, and our politicians. Her thesis is […]

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California Air Resources Board has begun formal rule making for a statewide Cap and Trade system. Because the federales lag in designing nationwide strategies, California may coordinate with the European Union, and certain provinces in China and Canada to link systems. Once again, Californian’s find themselves at the edge of the world. The view is […]

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The internet had also not been invented yet. But that doesn’t mean that artists and designers weren’t cooking up all kinds of awesome infographics. How did people have time to do all these etchings and watercolors without the benefit of spell-check and the Excel formula bar? It’s probably because there was no one to text […]

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