A Transrelational approach to design offers a unique way of looking, thinking and acting in the search for unique design solutions. One where the primary aim is in identifying, constructing and connecting powerful environments into what we like to refer as 'Spatial Ecologies'.
Through a process of Research (project history & identification), Problem Determination (study & articulation) and Solution Development (assessment, testing & reinvention) we explore a projects internal and external environmental relations.
Through this process of inquiry we uncover the needs, problems, expectations and opportunities that then drive the creation of a unique architectural solution. The final result is an iconic individual architectural form oriented towards improved activity/use performance (Transrelational Environment), specific to each client’s identity within the built environment and interdependently linked to its surroundings (Spatial Ecology).
Throughout the process we study, consider and test three basic conditions. In fact, we feel it’s impossible to develop an appropriate, accurate and specific architectural design solution without intense consideration of these three conditions.
The surroundings, circumstances and relational conditions (physical, social, cultural, political, economic, etc.) by which a thing is bound as well as an interdependent part of.
The unique shape or configuration of something. The particular way in which it exists or appears.
The exploratory study, investigation and creative experimentation around the relational conditions between a specific entity (form) and its environment(s).
"Transrelation Design" is a unique and alternative way of understanding architecture. It focuses on how varying environments can collectively operate together, how they [trans] relate to form larger interdependent ecosystems or Spatial Ecologies.
It recognizes that there is more to creating and understanding living and breathing spaces and places than can be identified and considered using the traditional adjacency bubble diagraming design process. To understand the unique conditions of an environment requires more than study of its adjacent entities. To be ‘adjacent’ already assumes the independent separated nature of things and this embedded thinking has driven much of how the world is unfortunately built today.
A transrelational approach to design celebrates both a entities independence and interdependence at the same time. It requires a more in depth consideration of the way in which environments exchange and relate (overlap, merge, abut, intermingle, etc.). It acknowledges that every building, new or old, is always already intimately connected to its surroundings and that understanding & (re) constructing these relationships is at the heart of what turns ‘buildings’ into unique Architectural Environments. Places that beneficially impact our experience and ultimately change the way in which we feel, act, think, react and transact with each other and the world.
We strongly believe that if you change your environment, it can change your life!