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At first glance, it might seem difficult to alternate between projects that engage the level of detail of a single bolt – a kitchen renovation, lets say – and the broad strokes of setting priorities for urban design. But while a domestic project allows more time for choosing colour and texture and the meeting of two materials, a community project mobilizes the same need to compose. Two age groups must meet, and bicycle traffic must intersect with the built city.
What do you want to look at while you are washing dishes?
What do you want to see when you walk down your street?


The scale of the intervention (and the scale of the consensus) must match the situation. First, we all figure out what’s going on, then what people would most like to have around them, then finally we propose design moves to make things work the way they should.
Easy, right?
The devil is in the details, in the right translation of what is said and not said, in the changeability of the final design, in whether everyone feels that they have been heard.


The challenge in engaging people in the definition of their own project – kitchen or neighbourhood – is that a moment comes when something is made/built/poured in place. And so at least for a time, the conversation stops on a physical object. We hope, every single time, that it is the right object, that it does what it should, and that it brings some moment of beauty to the everyday acts of washing dishes and walking down the street.

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