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Q+A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT CHIP CRAWFORD

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Chip Crawford Forum StudioModern landscape architecture uses cues from nature to solve environmental challenges and create more sensitive design.

During 30 years in landscape architecture, Chip Crawford, FASLA, Senior Principal at Forum Studio, has witnessed the pendulum swing in landscape design.  No longer intent on leveling the earth and displacing nature in the path of development, modern landscape design integrates the existing natural environment to create better built solutions for the earth and those who use the space.

StoryTrack:  How do you begin to plan a development where there are existing natural systems?

Chip Crawford: We spend a lot of time analyzing what we call the genius of the place. What is it about the environment, about the circulation systems, the roadway systems, the soil types, the hydrology, the vegetation… that we can learn from as we begin to solve a problem on the site.

ST: Does that lead specifically into creating sustainable architecture?

CC: Landscape architecture is rooted in sustainability and doing what’s right for the planet in design and in materials.  Some of the most current thinking about materials is around sustainability but also performance. For example, we’ve paved parking lots and roads for years.  But now, people are realizing we can use permeable paving, which recharges the watershed and actually cleans the water.

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Q+A ARCHITECT CHRIS CEDERGREEN

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The principal of Forum Studio talks about the future of office design, invisible architecture and collaborative design principals.

Chris_Cedergreen_Forum_StudioAs the St. Louis based Forum Studio looks forward to 2014, its president, Chris Cedergreen contemplates the future of design. His approach to a diverse range of high-profile architecture and design projects, among them the Express Scripts and Flour Corporation headquarters, is passionate and nuanced. StoryTrack CEO, Lori Dowd, sat down for a conversation with Cedergreen.

StoryTrack: What will be the defining issues for the office buildings of the future?

Chris Cedergreen: Buildings have to be designed for the future so they have a future.  The design must actually anticipate change because it’s inevitable, and arriving at bullet train speed.  Office space needs to be very flexible, almost laboratory like space. As organizations return to profitability and growth, they want to control costs but they don’t want to sacrifice efficiency and creativity.

ST: In your experience, what is the design process driven by?

CC: The design process is ultimately driven by the people that are going to use the space. How can we affect people’s lives in a very positive way. It’s the enhancement of our built environment and the natural environment. How we combine those two and make the experience of life more positive.

ST: You’ve talked about this idea of “invisible architecture,” can you describe this?

CC: Invisible architecture is the way the design influences what you feel in a space or in the spaces in-between.  What matters most is what transcends the workspace:  productivity, interaction, collaboration, creativity, innovation.

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