Places become memorable when they speak to the needs and values of the people using them. Creating a memorable place depends on the discovery, organization and reimagining of the connections between humans and their environment through a rigorous engagement and design process. This process must elicit and harmonize the many diverse, underlying elements, including the desired spatial and emotive experiences, the integration of structures and natural environment, site ecology, scale and inclusivity.
Our recognized team of landscape architects, urban designers and ecologists specializes in a progressive and highly collaborative integrated design process which effectively transforms spaces into places that enrich and inform by supporting human interaction and connection with their surroundings. Known for our skill in navigating complex and challenging situations, we have completed a wide range and scale of public projects across North America, from parks and playgrounds to master plans and large municipal infrastructure, winning over 30 national awards along the way.
Great design comes from the process of how creatively you bring all these complex elements together, how you resolve the challenges and achieve solutions that open up new possibilities for interactions, experiences and human ownership of a place. — Jeff Cutler, Principal, space2place
Reading the Landscape - Places have unique systems, rhythms, qualities, tensions and clues. When reading the landscape we discover these patterns to gain an understanding of the natural and cultural functions of a place. We evaluate each site to identify its essential character, thereby helping us develop site-specific design responses.
Collaborating and Engaging - We ask questions first, then listen. We listen for the words that get repeated, phrases that are spoken with passion, and opinions that are voiced with excitement. Through discussions with the public, stakeholder groups, and our clients, we develop a better understand of the site's opportunities and challenges to be addressed through our work.
Working with the Land - Every site, natural or constructed, is uniquely influenced by natural processes and systems. These processes impose limitations, but also generate unique opportunities. Our work strives to interpret, respond to, and integrate natural systems and terrain.
Discovering the Potential of Place - Each site has unique qualities that are inherent to its place. We discover and amplify the natural, and cultural elements that make each site unique or add new elements when appropriate, so that it will establish an identity and reach its true potential.
Designing for Public Life - The public places that resonate are designed for people and relate to the human scale. When creating places we carefully design for the experiences that are created. Whether a site is natural, or urban there are fundamental principles that should be considered to create places that connect people with their environment.