IDEOLOGY- THOUGHTS & INFLUENCES

Culture & Context
Natural & built environments are in a constant flow of overlapping transitions that are constantly in decay, change & regeneration. ‘Elemental Architecture & Design (EA & D)’ is a different approach to the way this is absorbed utilising change in the generation of new design & solutions, especially with the revolution & speed of micro-technological advancements such as seen in artificial intelligence / materials that impact our daily lives on a global scale, both personal & collectedly.

At the outset of human development, progress was considered timely & balanced. With time, the speed of change has been at pace, with many natural & built environments unable to maintain the same momentum, straining both cultural progress & global resources. EA & D responds to different geographic locations, customs & beliefs reflected from heritage, civic, social, commercial & technical advancements; occasionally, a revolutionary event occurs, which impacts on these creating unique environments & socio-technical changes forming the future, but with its roots clearly seen in the past.

Evolution & Awareness
History will surmise & accept the union of humanity, architecture, & technology, either in its own right or as a contributing part in the simplicity of its making. Within EA & D, the combined spirit of nature’s teachings & human imagination creates a well-balanced living setting, born through the individual’s, culture, beliefs, context, local resources, material assemblies, socio-technological advancements with diverse technologies either required or desired that are useful in improving our environment & well-being. No matter what one’s culture, beliefs or attitude, architecture & design impacts our daily lives.

‘Awareness’ of EA & D in architecture & technology, no matter what scale, is seen in striking a balance that when viewed is seen as a semi-conscious entity, continuously adapting & changing to meet our needs & demands. Subtle environmental & constructional strategies are seen through clarity of structure & expression in material components & assembly, a clear diverse living visual composition. It creates a hierarchy of different functional, social, technical & aesthetic layers that provides mass, form with varying scale, light, texture & colour perceived as being solid, translucent & transparent with transitions of space viewed from afar, as well as a near, with many different experiences in between termed ‘Greensacpe’.

Expression of Technology & Construction
The human path has always been compelled by exploration and inventiveness. Throughout time, most new technology, materials, processes & assembly techniques have all led to improvement in our ‘environment & well-being’. This constant change can be seen with the advent of developed environmental design, materials, methods of assembly, ‘artificial intelligence (AI)’, miniaturisation & conservation, allowing architecture & design to become a free thinking adaptive form, naturally responding not just seasonally or daily but in real-time.

‘Sustainability & Environmental Design’ is fundamental to EA & D’s design strategy with location, culture, materials & resources all being pivotal in creating appropriate solutions. Throughout the design process, efficiencies & benefits are evaluated & assessed. In generally technology must be focused to alleviate what can only be described as a construction industry trapped in its own traditional past, slow in exploring the benefits of spin-off technology & concepts from the likes of the aerospace, vehicle, industrial & product design industries, that all now are inter-woven with the advent of (AI). These are industries that factory produce components & assemblies to the highest standard, quality & finish, far beyond those of traditional construction maximising control over reprocessing & recycling of materials.

EA & D preparative site works & ‘wet’ trades are limited to a minimum, with the components or sub-assemblies easily transported & re-assembled with the foresight future adaption, retro-upgrading & maintenance all pre-considered. Completed projects have their own unique architectural component language, a signature, forming a visual composition appropriate for today & our future, all rooted in the past.

Environment & Wellbeing
It is now acknowledged that celestial events & human intervention, a process that is running in parallel with our own cultural, industrial & technological advancement, affects the Earth’s evolution. This must not just be viewed globally, but at all scales of infrastructure development from rural, horticultural, urban, to the single dwelling.

Sustainability is a core to EA & D, with its level of complexity varying depending on the individual project’s constituent ingredients i.e. location, micro / macro climate & local resources with the final design seen as a hybrid tailored to its occupant’s requirements, creating an environment of wellbeing that we all richly deserve.

It is our moral duty to strive to create designs using materials, technology & AI to maximise the use of free, ‘passive’ energy, that can be processed, stored or even fed-back into local infrastructure grid for reuse. Additional ‘active’ systems are seen as environmental modifiers that provide any supplementary support. The process creates a comfortable energy-efficient working & living organism; breathing, absorbing heat, light, reradiating & cooling the occupants, maintaining an environment that can only be measured by response of the senses, part of the core to ‘Wellbeing’ in Architecture & Design.