Capturing the Moment by Sahar Coston-Hardy

"Westmoreland Series" Philadelphia, PA, 2007: Children curiously gravitate toward an abandoned car on an autumn day (top) and walk home after an afternoon of play in a vacant space.

I have always loved photographing people, whether through environmental portraiture, street photography or fine art photography. I have a passion for photographing the countless ways individuals use the spaces around them. A recent personal project of mine, “Westmoreland Series,” explores how people utilize abandoned areas in Philadelphia. My interest in capturing how people inhabit and use…

OLIN’s Newest Member

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Landscape Designer Demetrios Staurinos joins OLIN with nine years professional design and project management experience in a range of national and international projects, including private residences, master plans and mixed-use developments. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and a Master of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island…

Richard Roark on Design & Community

Landscape Designer Jessica Henson (center) with a student and volunteers in October 2011

In 2009 OLIN worked with the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School in West Philadelphia on the creation of a garden space for the school and the community. Since completing the garden, OLIN volunteers have continued to work with the school and its students on seasonal maintenance to ensure the garden’s longevity. This relationship, which has…

New Studio in LA’s Variety Building

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We are excited to announce the opening of our new Los Angeles studio space in the iconic Variety Building at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of the Miracle Mile. The 31-story high rise, designed in 1971 by American Architect William Pereira before zoning laws imposed a seven-story limit, offers remarkable unobstructed views of the…

Just Listen

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled OLIN’s plans for the comprehensive renovation of the four-block-long outdoor plaza that runs in front of its landmark Fifth Avenue façade. In announcing the plans, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum stated, “Our plaza is one of the most important public spaces in New York,”…

Susan Weiler on Philly’s Public Spaces

Partner Susan Weiler conducts a tour at the opening of the Rodin Museum in July 2011

“People today are talking about landscapes, and they are more interested in the public realm because they are in it. Philadelphia is a more exterior city and here people are more attuned to the natural environment—the way the city is situated between two rivers,” said OLIN Partner Susan Weiler in an article published by The…

Making Cities Livable by Bonnie Kirn

Lenfest Plaza at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When asked what I do for a living, I find myself faced with the question of how to describe landscape architecture in a way that distinguishes it from landscaping and architecture, yet illustrates that we work closely with both plants and infrastructure. Finally, I think I’ve found a description: what distinguishes us (in the minds…