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architecture : strategy and design

philosophy


'cab42 architecture : strategy and design' is the quite promising name by which i promote my design activities. these activities include all phases of design and realisation. the experience includes all possible design scales, from urbanism to interiors. however the core business concentrates on private homes and appartments, and midde scale public ammenities. the core task is concept development, design, and project managament.

the subtitle 'strategy and design' summarizes the mission and the responsablilty.
strategy : because each assignment brings along specific conditions and requires a specific approach. before designing a solution, the problem must be analised. a building's performance depends on the dynamics of its context. the historical, the present and most of all the future context are of great influence.
design : because at any given moment or place in the design, a positive experience can be delivered by taking care of fundamental architectural characteristics such as the composition, the materials and the details.

cab42 designs on the basis of 'think global, act local'. big scale developments have small scale consequences, but also vice versa. this refers to global geo-political and environmental changes that will have an impact on the future we are meant to give shape. sustainability, adaptability and identity are the keywords to discribe the effectiveness and the engagement of the design process and the design result. all scales are investigated to propose urban tactics and / or detailed constructions so that the solution may operate where necesary.
sustainability : the city (or the built environment) is considered a permanent physical accomodation that conditions the territory for its dynamic inhabitants.
adaptability : in order to participate in this permanence one must be able to adapt. buildings don't move, but they do change, and like anything else they seek an equilibrium with their environment.
identity : no design can apply an identity, it can only acquire it in time. the user(s) develop(s) a relation to a building, and this relation is the vehicle of identity. given the dynamics between the user and its environment, this identity needs time to crystalize.

so if identity requires time i.e. sustainability, and sustainability requires adaptability, then identity requires adaptability.
is that a paradox?
there's certainly no mathematical answer to the theorem, which is why it's so bl**dy interesting.

please consult the education and theory page for more meanderings into the abysmal depth of architectural theory.


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