Our endeavor is founded on two key principles: circular economy and urban cooperation as a means of exploring the potential of cities and citizens and establishing new ethics for neighborhood-weaving and city-making. We do so by looking for ways to initiate changes in a sustainable fashion while promoting collaboration.
We are driven by the fundamental need to adopt sustainable models for urban growth and to encourage people to get involved in circular economy practices as a vehicle for resisting overproduction; over-consumption and wastefulness. We are interested in looking into ways of employing informal economic practices for innovation and developing a material thinking that is based on circularity: recycling; renewing; repairing; re-using and reinventing.
We also aspire to come up with ways of dismantling social disparity and spatial injustice by creating the conditions necessary for the wider public to cooperate on matters of urban governance. We consider public space to be proportional to its groups’ interdependencies and their interactions. It is where any possible development/change/new knowledge can be conceived as a mutually accepted coordination of priorities and action between local communities; governments and other stakeholders.
Design praxis thus unravels in traversing the network of the complex -and often conflicting- urban realities, towards sustainable planning practices both in terms of managing the resources available and in terms of social equality and support. We believe that by connecting the socio-economical and physical links we can appease conflict; produce meaningful encounters and make architecture informed by what it is to be fully human.