> OUR PRINCIPLES
Interrelational space is no longer a void
The interstitiality of our cities is not simply utilitarian or residual. It is central to our lifestyle, complex but prolific – a territory of invention, a spatial and social resource that we need to cultivate.
The essential nature of sites, and their context
We take a sensitive approach to the terrain, given that each inhabited place is a unique vehicle of potentialities. Our development strategy is based on indices which, though they often remain under the radar, are central to the construction of identity.
Humanity at the heart of the project
Qualitative criteria and wellbeing are of the essence. Apart from technical expertise, our acuity and sense of observation place social and aesthetic considerations at the core of our method.
A systemic approach to the environment
Many proposals extend beyond their nominal spatial boundaries. Broadening horizons, linking up themes and maintaining a tight focus – these are among our fundamentals, and they apply to all the different scales at which we work.
The importance of plant life
With nature and the environment as primary partners, it is not just a question of design, but of complex action on the living world, involving new, responsive, sustained synergies, as demonstrated by our specialist knowledge of the living world.
Self-evidence and simplicity
We rely above all on common sense to optimise spatial design and economics.
The obsolescence of the "finished product", and the emergence of permanent transformation
Cities are changing, and new ways of life are taking shape. Energy use, digitalisation, mobility, health care: what will the city of tomorrow look like? We are in the business of anticipation, long-term planning and fundamental modularity.
Ilex: a permanent laboratory
Our approach is centred on prefiguration, which generates processes of productive dialogue and realistic testing, while continually extending the range of possible innovations.
Towards a shared economy
Given that the concept of public space is in a state of flux, and that it should now be within the grasp of everyone, we feel that it is important for participants in the public and private sectors to work together all the way through from the initial programming of new functionalities to the point where routine management can take over.
We are attached to certain basic precepts.
Landscape is of paramount importance.
An interrelated mode of grasping and compiling projects is central to an urbanism of discovery.
Our society must accept the idea of placing concrete poetry at the service of development.
An insistence on significance and credibility means that there can be a bright future for our habitat.