What Inspires Us

Below is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.

We are inspired by Sadik-Khan’s approach to recapture our urban streets. Instead of relying on traffic “models” that are rarely tested against reality, she went ahead and made changes with temporary materials that could be reversed if the benefits failed to materialize. “You can have fun with paint” she says to test innovative approaches to take advantage of “an asset that is largely hidden in plain sight”.

Every once in awhile we make sure to watch or read the commencement speech by the late David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College in 2005. Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading. The entire speech is published in a short book called This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.

Cultivate was founded to help change the way people think about improving and managing land. We are a California State Certified Small Business (SB) as well as a Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).