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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2018, Vol. 6 Issue (5) : 120-129     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-20180512
THEMATIC PRACTICES
INCUBATING INNOVATION IN PRACTICE: RESEARCH MODELS FROM ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Anya DOMLESKY()
2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
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Abstract

As our cities and environments become more complex and face unprecedented challenges, it is no longer sufficient to design for aesthetics alone. Urban design, landscape architecture, and planning now demand going beyond typical design services to support deeper insights via foresight, research, experimentation, and innovative advocacy. SWA is one example of addressing these emerging complexities through two-year-old XL Lab, the firm’s platform for structured research and innovation projects. XL Lab differs and shares attributes with dedicated research teams in firms from allied fields such as architecture and engineering, where research entities that inform practice have been operating for longer than in landscape architecture. This article discusses the need for research in design now, what factors formed distinct research and innovation teams across the industry, their models and approaches, and how firms identify and prioritize research themes or issues taking XL Lab and another two research teams as examples.

Keywords Practice-Based Research      Innovation      Research      Foresight      Visualization and Simulation     
Corresponding Author(s): Anya DOMLESKY   
Issue Date: 03 December 2018
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Anya DOMLESKY. INCUBATING INNOVATION IN PRACTICE: RESEARCH MODELS FROM ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2018, 6(5): 120-129.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/10.15302/J-LAF-20180512
http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/Y2018/V6/I5/120
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