A diverse array of tactics that can build on the attributes of a place but change the way it functions and is perceived.
More than just "putting back what was there," restoration engages design strategies for understanding the different functions of restoration.
Principles of conservation - to use little, minimize waste, safeguard a landscape that is at risk, make connections, and promote awareness - are thoroughly integrated into the design process.
Understanding that we are helping to set processes in motion that will sustain a place after the designers are done.
Refocusing on the art of what we do, the meaning of our work.
Our studio has forged a design language that integrates ecology and culture. Bringing together aspects of the landscape that seem to contrast – wild and urban; formally ordered and a little let out, with attention to the messy margins where life happens. Our landscapes are generous and full of life; clear and economical of means; sometimes odd, sometimes unexpected, always beautiful. Beauty is an important part of what we do.
Our clients and the architects, engineers and artists we work with are our close collaborators. Our process is circular, moving from concept to details and back to concept again, and also working back and forth with our collaborators. We like to work with fully engaged people who take part in the design process from the very beginning.
Best practices are integrated into our strategies — sustainable drainage, heat-island reduction, use of native plants — but our focus is really on the art of what we do. Landscape without a certain measure of art will not be as sustainable as a landscape that people will fall in love with because of the way it looks and feels.