INTERVIEW | Matthew Strange | Curbed Young Guns Semi-finalist

Matthew-Strange-Headshot Recently, we heard about Matthew Strange, a landscape architect who has made the Curbed Young Guns semi-finals. Curbed Young Guns is in its first year, aims to identify promising up-and-coming talent (35 and under) in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development. We interviewed Matthew via email about making the Curbed Young Guns semi-finals.

WLA: How does it feel to be nominated a Curbed young gun “in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development”?
I’m still sort of shocked, actually. The principal of my current firm, Tom Balsley, nominated me a few weeks ago – which was obviously a huge honor, but also very unexpected. He has been a great influence on me as a designer, so I’m truly grateful to him for the opportunity. It makes my upcoming move back to Hoerr Schaudt in Chicago even more bittersweet.

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bimbaum + flowerflash by xarchitekten + henning grahn

bimbaum by xarchitekten + henning grahn

bimbaum ©xarchitekten + henning grahn

The city of vienna is working on a general concept for urban development goals, to be reached by 2020. Within this context an open competition was launched, aimed at finding and developing ‘urban oases’. The winning projects are the ‘bimbaum’ and the ‘flowerflash’ by xarchitekten + henning grahn. The projects offer new strategies for temporary and flexible plantation in addition to conventional greening. they activate urban sites which are not adequate for permanent vegetation.

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