We approach our projects not just for their elements, but for the connections between the elements, much like is seen in nature.
We begin by integrating ourselves into the socio-ecological landscape to gather site-specific information, so that design solutions are informed rather than imposed. Working on all angles of project challenges, our approach recognizes everything is 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 project rather than against them.
Patterning solutions from ecosystem processes to community dynamics helps us foresee and address potential friction points while making the smallest change to achieve the greatest possible effect.
Informed design solutions are meaningful design solutions.
We use sector mapping to identify and illustrate the unique influences and energy flows of a project, which leads us to appropriate strategy and placement. Design can often be as simple as putting things in the right place; sector mapping facilitates identifying the right place for the right thing.
The movement patterns of people — that is the habits, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of how people use a space — are taken into great consideration in our process.
Analyzing frequency of use of all areas of a project brings the human element into our fact-finding process for further refinement of putting desired elements in the right locations.
Expert site observation converges into the most effective design for the context.
We unite our clients desires and real-time conditions on the ground to create beautiful and functional agricultural projects, urban landscapes, and socio-ecosystems. The outcome of our work is our clients highest priority and we believe function and form are a tandem, never sacrificing one over the other.
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 activities that build cultural resilience into a system over time, or simple schedules of management tasks that ensure the path forward is clear.