OUR APPROACH

 

 

We combine our design expertise as landscape architects and urban designers with engagement activities that value local knowledge and aspiration. This allows us to deliver more resilient design outcomes, improved social capital and better places as a result. 

We offer services in both community engagement and professional design expertise - from concept design through to implementation. This creates a smooth process from initial engagement to built design.

We capture local knowledge from the people that know most about it; how a place is currently used, aspirations for the future, local experiences and community networks.   We do this via workshops, walkabouts, design+build hacks, exhibitions and events. We also bring design expertise from our team of professionals trained in place design, landscape architecture and urban design to integrate this local aspiration and knowledge into an evolving finalised design that responds to both the place, environment and the people who will use it.  

 

 

We call this 'co-design' for the built environment. 

Co-design is when design professionals work closely with local people to create better places designed both for and with the end user.  Combining local knowledge with professional design expertise to create more meaningful, resilient and relevant design outcomes.  Putting people at the heart of place and design. From greenspace design to urban research, whatever the project, we always advocate for user-centred design as this delivers the most successful implemented built designs, community briefs or urban interventions as its output.

 
 

An evolving approach

 

We are constantly testing and iterating our tools to combine design and engagement. 

We share back the learnings and design outputs of specific projects with clients, local people and other stakeholders who have been part of the design process. We do this through exhibitions, publications, film, photography and events.  But we also feed the lessons learnt and experiences forward into our continually evolving and improving approach, sharing these with the wider built environment industry to promote co-design as best practice.  We call this feedback - feedforward.

Feedback:  Sharing design and engagement outputs from specific projects through curated events, exhibitions and publications.  

Feedforward:  Continually evolving and improving our approach based on the lessons learnt from testing our innovative engagement and design tools and sharing this with the wider industry. Taking on board ways we can improve ensures we are always acting in the best interest of the communities we work with and delivering the highest quality place design for clients.

 
Take a look at our first year of projects and learnings in the HERE+NOW 2015 Publication

Check out some examples of our projects or view our 2015 Publication celebrating the work we've done in our first year.