How we work

For each project we strive to invent methods and concepts most appropriate to desired outcomes and to link these inventions to conventional design, planning, engineering, and restoration practices.

Concepts

We develop a conceptual approach that is specific to each project. Often these concepts are drawn from observations made through on-site field work, conversations and design exercises with stakeholders, and archival research, and they are always based in and appropriate what already exists in place. The flexibility of our conceptual approach enables us to develop new approaches for situations that have proven difficult, or where funding is limited, or design goals are unusual or complex. We like to work in these sticky situations.

This approach allows us to work with passive and adaptive strategies. A good example of our approach is the Sediment Bell at Port Bay, which couples the concept of entropy with a drone-based monitoring protocol to minimize up front costs and material inputs, and allow for adaptations annually as new information is gained.

strand line analysis and morphology change of a physical experiment created to understand the potential form and performance of the Sediment Bell.

Methods

We tune our methods to each project, in concert with the evolving conceptual approach. Through a combination of field work, physical experimentation, digital modeling, landscape analysis, precedent study and archival research, we are create a methodology that is time-efficient and tuned to the needs of each project. We work to ensure that the unique methods developed for each project work seamlessly with conventional workflows to deliver results in coordination with larger project teams.