“When we take a moment to observe our surroundings and notice how we feel, we each acquire a degree of creative agency. Architects and planners aren’t the only authorities when it comes to shaping and reimagining public spaces; by recognizing what we personally value in specific urban circumstances, we can each create a foundation for how we want to live – collectively."
“A museum is only as welcoming as its willingness not to be an authority – inclusive museums are more like good stewards, accepting the fact that interpretation and meaning is living and evolving – something precarious, and playful."
“The process of renovating the Speed Museum was acupuncture architecture in practice. We recognized that we only touch the museum for a short time: it has had a life long before us, and will continue to live long after us. Instead of trying to fix the building in its final form, our goal was to let it breathe and thrive."
Our objects are often answers to questions in the design process. They arise from the context of a particular project, a place, or material palette. An object might serve a particular function, or exist as art. They are experiments at home in their environment.
We often refer to the Japanese concept of ‘MA’ which evokes the well-placed space – pause – gap – which allows for new ideas and forms to enter. It guides our design process, which starts with close listening to our clients and project stakeholders.
“As museums seek to engage wider audiences and communicate a sense of collective belonging, they need to be designed for inclusivity. We work closely with our clients to envisage how the visitor experience plays out both within and outside the museum building, exploring what it means for an institution to welcome all ages, genders, races, cultures, interests, and abilities."
The WHY Landscape Workshop’s strategy of Art & Wilding is a way of negotiating human agency in the natural environment. Each site calls for a different approach to balancing creative intervention and organic growth, generating new and evocative landscapes designed to evolve with a place over time.
“I’m fascinated by that intersection between human artistry and the processes of the natural world — the WHY Landscape Workshop is constantly testing that space, seeking new and intuitive ways to foster biodiversity while celebrating human presence and creative potential."