To utilize systems thinking to address complex social, economic, and environmental issues with a focus on placemaking, sustainability, and food system design.
Freedom to be Authentic
At CultivateLAND we do things differently. By asking deeper questions to address both the immediate needs and long-term sustainability of any given project, we are able to cultivate creative solutions that enhance the environment while delivering our clients' goals.
We are living in challenging times that rely on innovation, ingenuity, and action to improve the health of our planet. Many of the challenges we face today are driven by outdated, short-term, and linear thinking. The status quo eventually leads to quick fixes and negative environmental impacts that cost more in the long term. And often sooner than you would think.
This is why CultivateLAND was established.
We believe our environment should be beautiful, sustainable, and create authentic experiences. Our unique approach coupled with our landscape architecture expertise will lead your project to exceed expectations and redefine what success can achieve.
At the end of the day, we ask: How can our decisions shape a better future?
These core values drive CultivateLAND’s culture, goals, decisions, and overall business strategy to best serve its clients, community, and environment.
Freedom to be Authentic
Freedom promotes authenticity and identity by allowing a project, person, or organization to express its true uniqueness and potential.
How can we create unique and authentic experiences within your project to celebrate place, promote health, and find balance?
Curiosity to Question
Being curious leads to continual growth and learning as we seek answers to a project’s toughest questions.
Can better questions lead to better solutions?
Courage to Innovate
A vision without action is merely a dream. It takes courage to explore new ideas, questions, and processes to turn visions into reality.
Can innovation be used as a tool of change to bring positive impact to your project and society as a whole?
Optimize for Growth
Like the design process, projects rely on optimization for greater adaptability, improved efficiency, and higher quality results. Optimization creates opportunity for growth and innovation by freeing-up time to focus on the unique aspects of your project.
How can we build your project at a higher quality, while providing a more unique experience and at a lower cost?
Collaborate for Quality
Collaboration is crucial to the creative process. Being able to connect and rearrange ideas encourages innovation and leads to well thought-out solutions.
How can a diverse set of ideas or viewpoints generate new ideas while providing better long-term solutions for your project?
Balance for Health
Balance is the state of equilibrium that encourages peak performance, harmony, and health. A well-balanced project considers the built vs natural environment, social systems, and budgets to ensure the health and longevity of a project.
What evaluations, systems, and programming can be implemented to ensure balance and overall health of your project?
Cultivation is the circular design process we use focused on creating a positive impact by adding value to our environment, society, and economy. Like crops, ideas can be nurtured to add value to projects, places, and movements.
How is systems thinking different?
Cult·i·vate /ˈkəltəˌvāt/ is to prepare, nurture, and improve.
Systems Thinking /ˈsistəm ˈTHiNGkiNG/ is an inclusive and comprehensive approach to problem solving.
We utilize systems thinking to better understand how things influence one another within a whole. This provides an environment to make better decisions, identify hidden opportunities, and to improve a system or project.
TOOLS FOR SYSTEM THINKING
Linear vs Non-Linear
Analysis vs Synthesis
Hierarchies vs Networks
Parts vs Wholes
Disconnection vs Interconnection
Structures vs Processes
Diagrams by Leyla Acaroglu