SWA Ideas Journal & Blog

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The IDEAS Blog features posts from principals, associates and staff in the firm’s eight studios on ecology, landscape infrastructure, urbanism and planning, arts and culture, and social impact. We’d love to hear what you think.

IDEAS Journal

This topical project focused on representing innovative ideas and approaches from the firm’s design practice in both print and digital formats. The intent was to give insight into ways SWA addresses large issues such as “understanding how to use resources sustainably, how to organize ourselves and our cities, and how to reduce our footprint through innovative design practices.” IDEAS journal has covered designers’ inspirations, theories, analysis, strategies, iterative thinking, and reflections in relation to landscape architecture, urban design, and planning work. Topics explored include: landscape as catalyst, praxis, coastal resiliency, water and wetland infrastructure, agriculture, safety and health, and the life of public spaces.

Editorial team:

Gerdo Aquino, SWA
Julie Eakin, SWA
Martina Dolejs, SWA
Charly Nelson, SWA
Sarah Peck, SWA



Scott Cooper, Kerri da Silva, Kevin Shanley, Rene Bihan, Liz Lagedrost, and Tom Fox, SWA

Joe Gose, The New York Times

Morris Newman, Comstock’s

Amy Entwisle, Imagine (John Hopkins University)

Karrie Jacobs, Metropolis

John Bass, University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Chris Bentley, The Architect’s Newspaper

Rachna Kothari, mylivablecity.com

Esha Chhabra, Dwell Magazine

Chris Davis, chinausa.com



IDEAS Journal Edition 2

IDEAS Journal Edition 1