Curiosity and positive thinking are the guidelines in everything we do. We want to find new solutions and develop our know-how. That is why we are actively involved in research and development, both internally between ourselves and as commissions from our clients.
Of the four pillars of sustainability, environmental and economic sustainability are relatively easy to quantify social and cultural sustainability being more complicated and thus of particular interest to us. We want to develop better methods of participation on all levels of planning and design, focus on the interplay between humans and spaces, and consequently play an important role in the creation of ever better functioning and inspiring communities.
Urban Spaces of High Quality
We believe that more work (research by design) needs to be done on questions of urban scale. For instance – the effects of high building are not primarily about the urban skyline, but about what happens on ground level. We also need to create innovative hybrids and rid ourselves of the worst excesses of zoning. We also want to be prepared for a future where urban space reserved for traffic has a totally different character than it has today. We need to know more about the characteristics and properties of space. Let’s get ready, let’s not wait.
Cure and Care
Post-occupancy evaluations and evidence-based design are two important tools that have been created to improve the quality of our new facilities for cure and care. In today’s situation, when the status of the welfare state is being threatened and new procurement methods are being experimented with, it is increasingly more important that we as architects do everything possible to make sure that no shortcuts are resorted to. Savings, just for the sake of it, are almost always harmful in the long run. The total picture from initial investment costs to maintenance and running costs needs to established and taken into account when making decisions.