“Reasserting the here and now, which is the antidote to placelessness and homogeneity, demands absolutely that one avoid predictability. To bring out the here, something might have to be quite unexpected, jarring us into the moment, asserting the now.”
We link architecture to place by engaging in a very collaborative design and construction process. This extends to seeking out and working with local trade and craftspeople to bring their “local knowledge” to the project.
For the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati we found a local porcelain maker in business since the 1860s and developed a suite of tiles in public restrooms around body parts – in this case, an ear.