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ABOUT


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

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ABOUT


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

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 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


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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 Venice Design Biennale.  The duo jointly received the Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture. Kim and Daniel currently teach for the New School of Architecture and Design while developing partnerships, projects and research in Bangalore, India.

Daniel Phillips has worked in the realms of architecture, landscape, and urban design. His interest in the contemporary issues of the human habitat, including urban ecology and public space have provided a lens for many of Commonstudio’s self-initiated projects.  He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a degree in Environmental Design, and co-founded Commonstudio in 2008. He is a founding member of Commongood, a social design think tank in Los Angeles, and most recently the recipient of a 2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru design research grant.  Danny has an eye for detail and a knack for making unexpected connections.  He always laughs at his own jokes.

Kim Karlsrud has extensive experience managing relationships and projects with a variety of private clients and non-profit partners. 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, and also studied at Ravensbourne College of Design in London. Her passion for social impact and interaction, her strategic multi-track mind, and perennial curiosity are at the heart of our approach and response to complex human-centered challenges.  She never laughs at Danny’s jokes.