Daniel Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Kim Karlsrud (’07 Interactive Product Design), co-founders of Commonstudio, are heading to Bangalore, India, in October 2016. Supported by a 2016/2017 Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Grant from the United States-India Education Fund (USIEF). Commonstudio will examine the Bangalore’s urban ecology in a project titled Biodiver(city) in Bangalore: Exploring Models for Collaborative Urban Resilience.
"Commonstudio will be working closely with two local organizations, the Janna Urban Space Foundation (JANAUSP), and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) , both of which are currently involved in a variety of design and policy initiatives that are actively shaping the trajectory of India's urban future. We look forward to working closely with these amazing partners while drawing upon our previous work in LA and Rome as we continue to explore issues of socio-ecological resilience. As usual, we will be focusing our efforts and response within the subliminal and peripheral landscapes of the city, and paying close attention to the richness and overlaps of urban phenomena that happen there. Our ultimate aim is to stage a series of creative experiments that help us better define what “collaborative urban ecology” looks like, how it works, and how it might be applied, adapted, and scaled.”
Image: Daniel Phillips photographed at the American Academy in Rome where Commonstudio was supported by the 2014-2015 Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture