The first point of the Richard Rogers manifesto is our motto:
“Architecture is inseparable from the social and economic values of the individuals who practise it and the society which sustains it. We as individuals are responsible for contributing to the welfare of mankind, the society in which we practise and the team with whom we work.”
Our goal is to create and produce works that are beneficial to society. As architects we have a Social Responsibility.
We consider that our teamwork is not an end in itself and that a balanced life should include time for leisure and time to reflect.
Cultivating a Mentoring relationship with local universities is one of our principles, aimed at building up respect for the profession. Weekly meetings will represent an important discussion forum among team members to promote creativity, functionality and the cost-effectiveness of the adopted solutions.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
With the new societal challenges brought about by Climate Change, we believe that the design of cities, neighbourhoods and buildings must be directed towards the prevention of harmful emissions.
We are committed to the smart use of renewable energy, both on a small scale and in urban environments.
We advocate a compact and sustainable city as well as a new rurality, that rests on biodiversity.
CITY AND SOCIETY
In accordance with Yi-Fu Tuan, we understand that places result from the relationship between people and the space they are in. We advocate citizen interactions as well as the involvement of citizens in the decision-making of public administrations.
The use of concepts such as Smart Cities can sometimes degenerate, ultimately subjugating the identity of cities and therefore that of their inhabitants, who are the ones who originate this identity.
We dislike those toneless cities operating as nondescript shopping centres, as they sometimes emerge under the banner of Safety and Sustainability.
Our work is based on a new concept of public space. With our interventions, we seek to create a generous city by leaving part of the buildings’ surface area to pedestrians. The interactions between the city, its buildings and its inhabitants shape people’s identities.
We look to times past, when neighbours interacted more easily. We propose to extend this rurality to our interventions, fostering a new public and private equilibrium, in which buildings and their surrounding areas induce new interrelations with Society, enriching the city with a “Civic Quality”.