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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.

An integrated approach to 21st century challenges.

Beyond the aesthetics of yards, plazas and parks, urban landscape ecology is a way of seeing space.  We view the built environment from many scales and perspectives and view the conditions of the contemporary metropolis as a complex ecosystem. In the context of a "post-wild" world, reconciling “nature” and “city” into a more seamless space of understanding becomes increasingly urgent.  By using design as both a lens and a framework for action, we seek to understand and 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 urban 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 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.