About Strada

Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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What Makes a Place Great?

10.2021

As we reflect on 21 years of Design with People in Mind®, we asked each of our principals to respond to one of our foundational questions…. “What makes a place great?” Here’s what they had to say…   “Great spaces evoke a feeling; whether comfort, awe, belonging, beauty, or spirituality, that leaves a lasting image ...

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Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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Sustainability and Architecture

04.2021Ideas, Stradistas POV
By Cotey Anderegg, LEED Green Associate, EcoDistricts AP

Sustainability is fundamentally about having the humility to use only what we need, live within our means, and let the specific climate and ecosystem of our region inform our daily lives. It lies in the humble acknowledgement of mistakes, and the sacrifice to change our way of life.

My generation has grown up witnessing the results of hundreds of years of arrogant consumption, the proverbial settling of our debt to the natural world. Our farms and industries have stripped the nutrients from the soil, robbed the water from the ground, and stolen life from the vibrant places on the planet. Now is the time that we must reevaluate the ways we consume, grow our food, and build our buildings.

While I acknowledge the important role that new technologies and alternative energy sources play in our path towards a sustainable future, I believe it is critical not to confuse the development of these tools with the ultimate goal. It is dangerous to believe that meaningful change will happen simply through technological means without any significant change in the way we live.

Everything we touch is connected to thousands of other systems through the invisible strings of finite supply. Pull too hard on anything, and it has real consequences for the people and ecosystems in another part of the world. By virtue of its ubiquitous presence, the built environment can be a means to teach better practices and provoke thought. The way that we design homes, offices and public spaces can inform the ways that people use energy or dispose of waste, and must encourage humility and conscientiousness in each choice.

For everything we take we must give something back. The changes we push for in efficiency and performance and equity do make a difference, but the ability to change the daily actions of future generations in even tiny ways will ultimately make the biggest difference. Designers will play an important role in asking how we would like to live in the future, and encouraging others to think about their own answers.

Cotey Anderegg

What Makes a Place Great?

10.2021Design, Ideas, People, Stradistas POV
By StreetTalk Editor

As we reflect on 21 years of Design with People in Mind®, we asked each of our principals to respond to one of our foundational questions…. “What makes a place great?” Here’s what they had to say…   “Great spaces evoke a feeling; whether comfort, awe, belonging, beauty, or spirituality, that leaves a lasting image ...
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Reimagining Significant Places – Part II

03.2021Ideas, Stradistas POV
By Street Talk Editor

"I can imagine Western State Penitentiary becoming a mixed-use development (along an extended light rail that goes to the airport!) that could include housing, hospitality, cultural uses, and community functions." - Larry Fabbroni
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