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El Centro de la Raza Breaks Ground!

The West Studio celebrated at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Plaza Roberto Maestas (PRM) March 6th 2015. On a sunny Friday morning a festive band welcomed members of the PRM project team, El Centro de la Raza, the Beacon Hill community, and leaders in the city of Seattle, on an empty gravel lot in front of…
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Re-discovering the Nature of a Playground

Play is an important part of creativity and child development – as designers our goal is to support and encourage children to play by building playgrounds that maximize opportunities for learning and engagement. For us, that means always remembering to make playgrounds not just accessible, but inclusive of all children and caregivers, and their broad spectrum…
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The Belmont Sensory Garden

This past October I had the opportunity to visit the restored Belmont Sensory Garden in Exeter, England. As the new interpretive signage explains: the garden was opened in 1939, the brain child of Daniel Manning, Devon Horticultural Superintendent, and was restored in 2007.  It is believed to be the first public sensory garden in Great Britain, and…
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Welcome to The West Studio

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.  -  Theodore Roosevelt To that end, I would like to announce the launch of a new, very alive, healthy and exciting firm:  THE WEST STUDIO llc.  We are founded on the principal that excellence comes with focus.…
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