DUNCAN WEBSTER
 
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IDEOLOGY- THOUGHTS & INFLUENCES

Culture & Context
All architectural environments have developed reflecting their different geographic locations, local customs & beliefs focused on civic, commercial & human social needs. These generally remain integral to their original roots playing a delicate role in progress of tradition creating a unique built environment and architecture for the future.

Natural and built form with their flowing and over lapping transitional anatomic spaces influence the manner in which we respond to our sensitive complex social environment; with our evolution a parallel of social and urban decay has also developed. I believe the design process is pivotal in providing a remedy in the form of vibrant suitable architecture that actually offers a different approach to the way we live, work and, that can actually absorb the constant change which is forced onto an evolving world; this is known as progress. This responsibility has to be placed beyond the fashionable ‘trends of publications’ and ‘isms’.

Awareness & Evolution
I believe history will finally surmise that we must accept the union of architecture and technology. It is the combined spirit of man’s imagination fused with that of nature teaching’s that will enable us to provide an environment with a well balanced compositional sensitivity that will improve our well being; no matter what one’s culture or beliefs, architecture does effect our lives. In many circumstances and by stealth, an artificial culture of pace & pressure has invaded the enjoyment of our living and working environments. I believe architectural design can help strike a balance reclaiming needs that will help improvement our lives. This I believe is architecture viewed as a semi conscious entity that has to continuously adapt to meet changing demands in our built and greenscape environment.

As seen in nature and by personal observation, I believe in the hierarchy of different functional and aesthetic layers derived from the use of appropriate, structure, environmental strategy, material and components that when combined are seen as a clear visual composition. This provides mass and form with varying scale, texture & colour that are perceived as being solid, translucent or transparent providing transitions of space and light viewed from afar, as well as a near, with many different experiences in between.

Expression of Technology & Construction
Mans path is compelled by exploration and inventiveness. As a part of this process we have always striven to improve efficiency in the methods of material processing, manufacture, construction & assembly. Industry is trapped in its own past culture and is traditionally slow to explore the take up of new concepts that can be borrowed from parallel industries utilising mass production and ecology as a norm. Into days environment the design process and the solutions it generates is constantly measured by a need to balance sustainable ideals and use of recycled materials in creation of efficient simple construction techniques.

With this I believe my designs absorb and reflect the use of these concepts by utilising spin-off interchangeable micro technology and processes (e.g. automobile & aerospace). Their assembly concepts create low cost solutions, whilst the inherent characteristic of the materials and components create a natural visual composition. It must not be forgotten that hold the view that factory produced assemblies can be tailored to meet & go well beyond the required quality control standards demanded by both the industry and occupier. These concept allow projects that can be easily transported, assembled, adapted and retro-upgraded with time; an architecture that is both appropriate to our and future times.

Environment & Wellbeing
We are now only accepting that a combination of celestial influences and human intervention alters global events; a process that appears to be rapidly accelerating in parallel with our own cultural, industrial and technological revolution. I believe that this issue has to be viewed not just globally but at different scales from coordinating world resources, urban infrastructure to the simple house. In the development of architecture we all have a moral duty to strive to maximise free passive energy minimising active systems. I view my designs as energy efficient living organisms, breathing, absorbing, reradiating heat & cooling to maintain the occupants required environment; only your eyes and emotive senses will provide evidence of this in action.

As part of this process a sustainable model must form part of the design process. The level and complexity of this will vary depending on individual criteria such location, design vision and availability of local resources. I believe in a hybrid built environment formed from appropriate sustainable design, using high performance recyclable materials that when fused with new technology creates a balanced human architecture that both feels natural in it’s setting and familiar to it’s inhabitants. It is this balance that creates an active or reduced flow in ‘wellbeing’ that we all richly desire but very few architects consider or can provide.