Inclusive Architecture

Cultural and social heterogeneity, aspects of consumerism, dreams and desires, the interchangeability of lifestyles and information technology all contribute to an environment that is increasingly dynamic and diverse. Our response to this development is an understanding of architecture that moves away from overdefined spaces, towards an architecture that is more adaptive yet distinct and highly flexible. Architecture as the 'art of place-making' requires a thorough investigation of conditions and con-texts while considering the limits of the applied instruments and interpreting the results. While certain basic needs like shelter and human interaction will not change as such in the future, the ways of satisfying these needs and the aspects of everyday life become more and more complex as well as their relation to the built environment.

Our physical environment in general, and that of architecture in particular, has an evident effect on the human condition. Conversely the human condition has influence on architecture. As process cycles accelerate, it becomes increasingly difficult to define the relation of cause and effect. A framework for architecture based on rigid sets of rules must therefore become problematic and questionable. We postulate an inclusive and integrated type of architecture and we are interested in the whole process rather than regarding 'architectural language' as our main concern.

"Baukunst und Städtebau zeigen das wahre Gesicht der politischen Gesellschaft." (Architecture and Urbanism show the true colours of political society, Hugo Häring, Neues Bauen 1947)