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ABOUT


Commonstudio is a collaborative creative practice exploring the complex ecologies of the urban landscape.

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ABOUT


Commonstudio is a collaborative creative practice exploring the complex ecologies of the urban landscape.

The urban realities we face today are fantastically complex. They require new ways of seeing, knowing, and acting.  As creative practitioners we attempt to explore these realities and our potential role in engaging them. We view urban landscapes from many scales and perspectives in an attempt to understand the conditions of the contemporary metropolis as a complex ecosystem. In the context of our "post-wild" world, reconciling “nature” and “city” into a more seamless space of understanding becomes an increasingly urgent challenge. We believe cities can become more vibrant, resilient, and responsive from the bottom up, and we embrace this challenge with a dual spirit of the serious and the playful. By using design and public practice as a framework for action, we view our role as collective enablers, seeking overlaps between the human and the non-human, the domesticated and the feral, the visible and the invisible. For us this means embracing rather than erasing the existing legacies and conditions that define the city, however messy they might be.

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TEAM


TEAM


Coming together through a shared sense of creative urgency, Kim and Danny founded Commonstudio in 2008 and have embraced the friction of collaboration ever since.

Their work has been recognized by Core77, Fast Company, The Buckminster Fuller Institute, and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the 2013 Venice Design Biennale. The duo jointly received the 2014-15 Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, and are 2017 residents at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Kim and Daniel currently teach for the New School of Architecture and Design while developing partnerships, projects and research throughout the world.

Daniel Phillips is a landscape architect and urban ecologist. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a degree in Environmental Design (2008). He is a regular contributor to The Nature of Cities, and a former Fulbright-Nehru scholar. Daniel is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Michigan's School of Environment and Sustainability. He always laughs at his own jokes.

Kim Karlsrud explores the grey areas between art and design, and the intersection of objects and landscapes. Before co-founding Commonstudio, Kim established the Los Angeles chapter of Project H Design, a global social design non-profit. She holds a degree in Product Design from Otis College (2007).  She never laughs at Danny’s jokes.