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ABOUT


Commonstudio is a collaborative creative practice that explores the complex challenges faced by cities and their inhabitants.  We work at many scales and in many contexts to seek a common language between landscape, urbanism, human centered design, and public practice.

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ABOUT


Commonstudio is a collaborative creative practice that explores the complex challenges faced by cities and their inhabitants.  We work at many scales and in many contexts to seek a common language between landscape, urbanism, human centered design, and public practice.

An integrated approach to 21st century challenges.

Beyond the aesthetics of yards, plazas and parks, landscape is a way of seeing space.  We view urban landscapes from many scales and perspectives focusing on the many gaps and “inbetween” spaces produced within the contemporary metropolis. Whether it’s a sidewalk crack, or a post-industrial "wasteland", we believe that the future health, vitality, and resilience of our cities will depend heavily on how creatively we can understand and utilize these spaces as social, environmental, and economic assets.

 In a “post-wild” world, cities have become our primary habitat.  In this context, reconciling “nature” and “city” into a more seamless space of understanding becomes increasingly urgent.  By recognizing cities as complex ecosystems, we seek to understand and creatively facilitate overlaps between the human and the non-human, the domesticated and the feral, the visible and the invisible forces that actively shape our daily urban lives. This means understanding the components that make up these ecologies, as well as the dynamic relationships that exist between them.

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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, among many others.  They are joint recipients of the 2015 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, and are currently completing a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. 

Daniel Phillips has worked in the realms of architecture, landscape, and urban design. His interest in the contemporary issues of the human habitat, including issues of urban ecology and public space have provided a lens for many of Commonstudio’s self-initiated projects.  He graduated summa cum laude 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. Danny has an eye for detail and a knack for making unexpected connections and 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 and worked in fields ranging from consumer electronics to soft goods.  She holds a degree in Product Design from Otis College, and also studied at Ravensbourne College of Design in London. Her passion for social enterprise, her strategic multi-track mind, and perennial curiosity are at the heart of our approach and response to complex challenges.  She never laughs at Danny’s jokes.