And a few more thoughts from our great panelists...
SIX DESIGN PRINCIPLES
"...pay attention to six things, and they're not original to me, and these aren't in any particular order:"
- Observing and responding to environment
- Observing and responding to culture and context: who we are, who are our clients
- Using materials responsibly (that's sort of a new one)
- Pursuing excellence in execution
- Excellence in function
- Most importantly: Pursuing beauty and delight. I feel very strongly if you do that style is irrelevant because you're going to end up where you need to be.
SCALE / FUNCTION / BEAUTY
"I can only add scale to that. Constant thing we're thinking about is scale, but otherwise I think what Marcus said is constant in design work. Those elements have to be there. Function: huge. Function has to come first...The beauty of something to us - it's adding that unexpected thing, it's making you smile or making you just have a good feeling. It's about creating something that's lasting and timeless and that kind of transcends any sort of 'trend.' We don't use the word 'trend.' We don't use the word 'trend' in our office hardly, if ever, because we don't do trendy work.
STYLE, CONSTRAINT, AND THE UNIVERSE
"The [title] of this conversation was "Style: Connection or Constraint." Style becomes a constraint when it prevents you from taking full advantage of all the opportunites that surround you...I've mentioned before about client's wanting 10 foot by 10 foot lift and slide [windows and doors] that open up to the universe where they can commune with nature flawlessly. That to me is taking advantage of technology."
STYLE TREND: TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH
"They're going to look back at us a hundred years from now and say, 'Oh, this is when they really started to think about taking care of the earth and doing things more sustainable, and thinking green.' That's to me the trend that we're experiencing now the strongest. It's not about a color, a fabric, a material; it's about the whole concept. Style just goes right along with that, and I agree with Marcus that we just kind of use that and it's a great stepping stone to help us get to better environments that we're all living in."
"I think as a landscape architect - the nature of what we do - there's an ethic. And sustainability and thinking about being wise - that's just a part of what we do intuitively. I agree with you [fellow panelists] there's always the introduction of elements, of new things, and again I like to step back and say, 'Is it purposeful? How do we use this? How do we craft it well?' All the things that go into how the other people of the past approached technology or new things, we try to do now. Hopefully they're not aberrations, but yet they're woven into our work seamlessly."