Wes On Process
The iterative nature of Process is what brings us closer to Architecture.
While a great idea may present itself early with surprising clarity, the solution often comes through repeated questioning of all variables within a project. We have to ask ourselves: Does this work? Is it useful? Our own theories and positions with regards to design are tested again and again.
Our process is visible and exposed. It is informed through collaboration with clients, contractors, fabricators, artists, and the community at large. It is through these connections and the sense of awareness of our own surroundings that we gain a better understanding of the community and the forces that shape it. We always get involved. We educate ourselves and act on our interests. A lot of our work comes from identifying opportunities in the community. We see something that interests us. We research it. We ask people what they need and with them we move forward to a solution.
Preconceived notions of style and form are set aside in pursuit of site-specific solutions to architectural problems. Whether it is a building or a coffee table, careful analysis of context and a consideration of the problem lead us toward informed solutions that provide value to our clients and better the community.
In some cases we are surprised, as in our chance encounter with a member of Lighthouse Central Florida while developing the Mills 50 Bus Stop Shelter. In learning that there is was no standard sensory cue for indicating the location of bus stops to those without sight; we realized an opportunity to solve this problem with the shelter design. We proposed that the cruciform column becomes the universal standard for identifying all bus stops. The column’s basic shape is a symbol of connection and exemplifies the essence of what the public transportation system means to the everyday lives of those without sight. It connects them to their work, friends and family.
Process is not just a means to architecture. It is just as valuable as the architecture itself.