Process

Water Flow and Soil Map
Patterning water flow and soil types ensures alignment with natural resources.

We approach our projects not just for their elements, but for the connections between everything, much like is seen in nature itself.

We begin by integrating ourselves into the social and ecological landscape to gather client and 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 through iterative and adaptive design.

Patterning

With an understanding of how places naturally function, we are better suited to work with the forces of a project rather than against them.

Patterning is our multilayered method that blends ecosystem processes with community/human needs. This allows us to achieve ecological design as opposed to ecological compromise.

Permaculture Sector Map
Site mapping illustrates site energy flows for proper placement of elements.

Site Mapping

Informed design solutions are meaningful design solutions.

We use site 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; site mapping facilitates identifying the right place for the right thing.

Use Frequency Planning

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 relationships.

Design Development arises from careful listening and observation.

Design Development

Expert site observation converges into the most effective design for the context.

We unite our clients goals with careful understanding of conditions on the ground to create beautiful and lasting agriculture 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.

Management Protocols

Where designs lose their impact and resiliency over time is in the follow-through. To resolve 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, personal practice development for site managers to increase their effectiveness, or simple schedules of management tasks that ensure the path forward is clear.