Myriad decisions and a clear mission defines the creative process.
A few years ago, our firm was offered a commission to design a conference facility for a religious retreat. What could be better? A great client, a great site, and God’s work! But with its beauty and potential, the site also posed ethical as well as moral questions. The project was along the Texas coast on a barrier island. Should anything at all be built on these fragile, shifting sands? Our clients shared the same concern, yet they had the gift of the land and a mission. Could these be reconciled?
Making the right decision called for research and long hours spent analyzing and discussing our findings. We studied precedents, of course, but no source was more important than the site itself. We walked the island, often stopping to sit and hear what the dunes, the vegetation, and even the light and wind were telling us about what makes this place special. As we looked and listened, the dialogue among firm members, the client, and the site became increasingly rich through a process of discovery.
Read the Full Commentary HERE >>>> via AIA Perspective: Discovering What’s Right for a Site – Architect Magazine.