Defining Issues and Opportunities

Defining Issues and Opportunities

The best design solutions are often found within the problem. MFLA comprehensively defines criteria and parameters for a successful project while working closely with the project team, clients, city agencies, and key community stakeholders. 

Creating Authenticity of Place

Creating Authenticity of Place

Environment and culture are the sources of human identity and the means by which we define place. MFLA seeks design solutions that unfold through discovery, that reflect and enhance sense of place, and that establish an unmistakable level of quality. 

Balancing Function and Experimentation

Balancing Function and Experimentation

Urban neighborhoods are more compelling and lively if they have unique and authentic identities. MFLA advocates an 'art advantage' into design collaborations that explore the public realm as an artistic venture in form and spatial organization. 

Transforming the Day-to-Day

Transforming the Day-to-Day

Achieving identifiable, visually compelling , authentic design is critical to the public realm. MFLA is geared to the design and realization of urban landscapes that have presence, spatial choreography, and dramatic settings, giving users comfortable choices for active or passive participation in the use of exterior spaces. 

Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

With a focus on sustainability, MFLA incorporates a basis of green landscape infrastructures in the form of sculpted and artistic streets and parks, which offer compelling civic spaces designed to facilitate social equity, smart transit, stormwater management, and regenerated biological systems that improve environmental quality. 

Active Public Engagement

Active Public Engagement

A partnership with the community and stakeholders is crucial in that well beyond the completion of a project, a pride of place will be fundamental to the long-term stewardship. MFLA is characterized by open client and design team communication, community outreach and early management in charettes and workshop sessions.