June 28, 2021
Architects are often asked   “What is it that you do?”   Where other professions may generate straightforward reputations, the nature and value of this thing called “design” is less easy to pin down, and the role of the architect in that design more obscure still. Architects of course can be grouped in a variety of ways, but the tendency is for division by the “use” to which our offerings are put: the Product of the project, be it hospital, hotel, or office. This creates confusion more than understanding, since architects aren’t retailers of buildings.   We are trained in a Process, a “how do you do”, and offer that process to a variety of projects so that excellent and meaningful solutio… Read more ...
Natural daylighting is a strategy we attempt to use in every design we undertake. It is a no-brainer in our eyes to light a space with the sun. Daylighting has many benefits including;   sunlight views to the exterior electricity savings   The sun has a path that it travels each day throughout the season. The path has two angles that affect how a space can be daylit. There is an angle relative to the building usually indicated by North, South, East, and West. Then there is the angle above the earth. Each direction that the light comes through has a different characteristic.   North light is consistent. The sun never gets close to north in this region, so the light entering a north window is never direct rays but incident light reflected off of … Read more ...
February 01, 2021
Because our architectural practice and work is rooted in the physical world and the landscape that our designs affect, it’s important that this blog stay “grounded”. Literally.   Although discussions about design are often abstracted from context, that’s not us. Our work and interest is about making and enhancing particular places.   That’s why we’ve decided that Design and Community has a physical lifeline, which is the particular natural, rural, urban, and suburban mix associated with the Grand River Watershed, where our office and many of our projects are located.   We often think of a watershed as a geographic unit divorced from our built form. It’s not.    The t… Read more ...

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