DAVID RUBIN Land Collective is a landscape architecture and urban design studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. The studio is dedicated to crafting landscapes that create positive change through cross-disciplinary collaborations and the synthesis of art, technology and the social sciences to create human-centered works. It is an appreciation for empathy that drives the studio’s design process.
DAVID RUBIN Land Collective is driven by empathy, and emphasizes holistically-sustainable design principles, with social sustainability leading the design effort. Life is what happens between buildings. Since a successful space is one that’s well attended, the success of our design depends on how people engage each other in it, no matter what the scale. It is in the context of the connective tissue that DAVID RUBIN Land Collective works as a studio, using the disciplines of landscape architecture and urban design to bring people together in a positive dialogue. Design decisions are made with the desire to create a place in which very different people might come together—a chemistry professor, say, and a young protester. If, as a result of the quality and character of a DAVID RUBIN Land Collective design they choose to sit next to one another, and in the act of sitting, they enter into a conversation, and as a result of that conversation, they come up with an idea, and that idea, ten years down the road, saves the world—then DAVID RUBIN Land Collective will have been successful in its efforts, because we created the place in which that idea was formed. That is our mission.
Yes, design can save the world.
The name Land Collective derives from the understanding that innovation is achieved through collaboration and that demonstrable leadership and the synthesis of multiple disciplines result in design excellence. Landscape requires a spectrum of thoughtful ideas in order to be successfully rendered. This collective consciousness is necessary to lift landscape to the highest ideals.