The Bigger Picture
The Bigger Picture profiles the internationally renowned architecture and environment consulting practice EDAW and offers an insight into the unique portfolio of EDAW's work. With offices all over the world the firm is at the leading edge of designing for climate change, embracing full environmental, economic and social sustainability and the careful use of the world s natural resources. This book provides an insight into the workings of this extraordinary company, in which multidisciplinary teams combine the skills of master-planners and architects with environmental experts, economists and landscape designers to create holistic solutions. The fusion of design, environment, economics and planning allows EDAW to balance aesthetic, environmental and social goals. The Bigger Picture provides a showcase of 30 recent projects, following the work process from initial research and assessment, through concept stages, community consultation, planning and construction to completion. The projects range from mega-projects such as designing an entire city with the Arab World's first Guggenheim Museum and London's 2012 Olympic Park to smaller plans such as intimate gardens for children across the US and the restoration of a vast swathe of former salt ponds in San Francisco Bay. Alongside project profiles, The Bigger Picture includes short essays putting the firm's work into context from a collection of prestigious experts in the field. Contributors including Frank Gehry, president of US architecure firm Frank O Gehry & Associates and Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council. Underpinning EDAW's work is a commitment to innovation, design quality, social inclusion and sensitivity to the environment and The Bigger Picture is the first book on this fascinating company and its working practices.