We had the good fortune of connecting with Yura Lotonenko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yura, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am driven by the idea of meaningful positive impact on our planet during my life. As a landscape architect and urban designer, I realize that our lives, surroundings, ecology, the way we are living and wellbeing of our planet are dramatically changed during last 200 years of human activity. If let’s say yesterday we been looking at some sort of prognosis and theoretic graphics, today we have real facts that our planet nature reacts to human activity. Now, this topic is too huge to cover in this interview… What I am trying to say is that everyone can contribute a little to restore our nature. After many years of Buddhism practice, I realize 2 main dogmas. First would be, human life is very short each of us here for 60-110 years max, depends on the country and the way of living. If we look at the timeline, only maj75 thousand years ago humans begin to migrate. And 65 million years ago we had a dinosaur extinction. Meaning last or extinction on this planet was due meteorite about 65 million years ago. Human life is to short, and it can have a huge negative impact on our next generations. Second dogma, would be to live in balance. It is very simple to live in balance with yourself and with nature, contribute, coexist synergy. Come back to your question – What inspires me? Vision of LASD Studio: Landscape Architecture. Sustainability. Design. We aim to create, shape, and restore the landscape and urban environments for the sustainable continuation of life on our planet. Our goal is to live in balance with nature and provide: clean water, air, soil resources for the next generation. This vision inspires me when I wake up in the morning. Shaping, creating, and restoring our landscapes and urban environments. I am doing this with the landscape design, landscape architecture and urban design services internationally.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
LASD Studio standing for Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, Design. This company established in 2018 in San Diego. Also, this practice has been working in Denmark, Holland, Norway, France for last 12 years. LASD Studio provides garden design, landscape architecture, urban design, and regional landscape design services internationally based in San Diego, California. Life begins with you! LASD Studio We aim to create, shape, and restore the landscape and urban environments for the sustainable continuation of life on our planet. Our goal is to live in balance with nature and provide: clean water, air, soil resources for the next generation. Whether you are private person, commercial, NGO’s, or governmental institution you are welcome to join our mission. Life begins with you! Join our mission.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I enjoy sunsets at Sunset Cliff, long walks on Del Mar endless beaches, enjoy the nature with numerous hikes all over San Diego county. I used to surf, swim in the mornings at La Jolla shores and take a bike trip from Ocean Side to Coronado, Chula Vista. San Diego is an amazing place to live in, there is not enough time to do everything and explore this city. Each time when I visit this city I investigate something new again and again.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Kimberly Alexander from Allee Landscapes
Pictures produced by LASD Studio San Diego California. Iurii Lotonenko