We approach landscapes, buildings, and developments not just for their elements, but for the connections between the elements, much like is seen in nature itself. We begin with integrating ourselves into the ecological and social landscapes of the places we work, to gather as much site-specific information as possible, so that design solutions are informed rather than imposed.
We work on all angles of project challenges to address the causes not just the symptoms. Our approach is one of everything being connected and we design from that paradigm in order to create lasting, place-appropriate impacts.
With an understanding of how places naturally function, we are far better suited to work with the forces of a place rather than against them.
Patterning solutions from ecosystem processes to community dynamics helps us develop the right approach for a project that makes the least change for the greatest effect, constructively addresses friction points, and builds resiliency.
Informed design solutions are meaningful design solutions.
We use sector mapping to comprehensively identify the unique influences and energy flows of a project site, which leads to identifying appropriate solutions. Design can often be as simple as putting things in the right place; sector mapping facilitates identifying the right place.
The movement patterns of people — that is the habits, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of how people use a site — are taken into great consideration in our process.
Analyzing frequency of use of all areas of a site brings the human element into our fact-finding process for the further refinement of putting desired elements in the right locations.
Where designs lose their impact and resiliency over time is in the follow-through. To solve this, we help our clients develop management protocols.
These can be social structures, such as educational events and community volunteer organizations that build cultural resilience into a system over time, or simple schedules of management tasks that ensure the path forward is clear.