Patterns are all around us, in the cities and towns we live in, the roads we drive on, the buildings we inhabit, the paths we walk and communities we belong to. Systems arise from disassociated, smaller and individual dynamics, bringing about larger and organic patterns and regularities. This is the emergent process. It is an ant colony, swarm of birds, communities, and languages.
We strive to observe, study and research these emergent systems and apply them to our design process. What patterns and individual events already exist on a site that can be applied to a design solution? How can design shape the identity of a place and be part of sustainable development?
We adopted the vernacular in our design approach to respond to these emergent systems. Vernacular is derived from a place, specific to an environment and culture, local, native in both its form and material. Vernacular is neither necessarily historical nor traditional, rather it is something much more inherent, a transformative outcome over time to its specific context.
Architecture is what we consider being the key to an efficient and socially inclusive process that explores communities’ vision and potential, and that promotes equity, resiliency and the formation of social capital.