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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.

Cities have become our primary habitat.  In this post-wild context, reconciling “nature” and “city” into a more seamless space of understanding becomes increasingly urgent.  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 the urban ecologies that we all participate in everyday.

Flip the figure ground and back again.  Responding to the diverse challenges of today often requires the ability to think fluidly across a range of scales and contexts.  We draw from our diverse backgrounds and experiences to consider our work and it’s implications from multiple vantages simultaneously.  From the individual scale of the human body to the scale of a street, a block, an entire city or region, we seek new relationships and possibilities.

 

 

The complexity of places reflects the complexity of their inhabitants.  Needs, desires, and priorities are in constant flux and friction.  Finding new ways to engage these diverse stakeholders in the creative process is the first step toward more vibrant, responsive and resilient cities.

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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.