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  • “Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.”

~ Le Corbusier

  • “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.”

~ Philip Johnson

  • “There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through”

~ Dan Rice

  • “Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activity.”

~ Spiro Kostof

  • “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”

~ Coco Chanel

  • “Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul”

~ Ernest Dimnet

  • “An architect is the drawer of dreams”

~ Grace McGarvie

  • “Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music”

~ Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling

  • “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

~ Laurie Anderson

  • “A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “Architecture is the art of how to waste space.”

~ Philip Johnson

  • “Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we’ve both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business.”

~ Philip Johnson

  • “Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.”

~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

  • “Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.”

~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

  • “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “This building is like a book. Its architecture is the binding, its text is in the glass and sculpture.”

~ Malcolm Miller

  • “Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man has a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over”

~ Ernest Hemingway

  • “Architects believe that not only do they sit at the right hand of God, but that if God ever gets up, they take the chair”

~ Karen Moyer

  • “Our architecture reflects truly as a mirror.”

~ Louis Henri Sullivan

  • “Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “The architectural profession gave the public 50 years of modern architecture and the public’s response has been 10 years of the greatest wave of historical preservation in the history of man.”

~ George E. Hartman

  • “Architecture is politics.”

~ Mitchell Kapor

  • “A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.”

~ Lord Byron

  • “Architecture is the work of nations”

~ John Ruskin

  • “In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight.”

~ Henry Watton

  • “I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead. [On his college registration experience]”

~ G. K. Chesterton

  • “I think Miss Monroe’s architecture is extremely good architecture.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world. (1939)”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • “The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.”

~ J. Russell Lynes

  • “Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo style of architecture.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

  • “Buildings don’t exist to be pinned, like brooches, on the front of bigger structures to which they bear only the most distant of relationships.”

~ Paul Goldberger

  • “A man that has a taste of music, painting, or architecture, is like one that has another sense, when compared with such as have no relish of those arts”

~ Joseph Addison

  • “[It is] the most hideous waterfront structure ever inflicted on a city by a combination of architectural conceit and official bad taste. the Cathedral of Asphalt.”

~ Robert Moses

  • “True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values. Our aims assure of us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life.”

~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

  • “The long path from material through function to creative work has only one goal: to create order out of the desperate confusion of our time. We must have order, allocating to each thing it’s proper place and giving to each thing is due according to it’s nature.”

~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

  • “And just as we acquaint ourselves with materials, just as we must understand functions, so we must become familiar with the psychological and spiritual factors of our day. No cultural activity is possible otherwise; for we are dependent on the spirit of our time.”

~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

  • “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Architecture is a continuing dialogue between generations which creates an environment across time.

~ Vincent Scully

  • Why can’t we have those curves and arches that express feeling in design? What is wrong with them? Why has everything got to be vertical, straight, unbending, only at right angles – and functional?

~ Charles, Prince of Wales

  • You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe – when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.

~ Charles, Prince of Wales

  • To be an architect is to possess an individual voice speaking a generally understood language of form.

~ Robert A. M. Stern

  • In architecture the pride of man, his triumph over gravitation, his will to power, assume a visible form. Architecture is a sort of oratory of power by means of forms.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  • The materials of city planning are sky, space, trees, steel and cement in that order and in that hierarchy.

~ Le Corbusier

  • Buildings should be good neighbours.

~ Paul Thiry

  • Pictures deface walls oftener than they decorate them.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Life is rich, always changing, always challenging, and we architects have the task of transmitting into wood, concrete, glass and steel, of transforming human aspirations into habitable and meaningful space.

~ Arthur Erickson

  • A building is a string of events belonging together.

~ Chris Fawcett

  • Good architecture is like a piece of beautifully composed music crystallized in space that elevates our spirits beyond the limitation of time.

~ Tao Ho

  • Architecture (is) a theatre stage setting where the leading actors are the people, and to dramatically direct the dialogue between these people and space is the technique of designing.

~ Kisho Kurokawa

  • I saw the bathroom fixtures as a kind of American Trinity.

~ Claes Oldenberg

  • Perspective is worth 80 I.Q. points.

~ Alan Kay

  • Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

~ Mies van der Rohe

  • When you look on one of your contemporary ‘good copies’ of historical remains, ask yourself the question: Not what style, but in what civilization is this building? And the absurdity, vulgarity, anachronism and solecism of the modern structure will be revealed to you in a most startling fashion.

~ Louis H. Sullivan

  • Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

~ Thomas Fuller

  • No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

~ John Ruskin

  • Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

~ Constantin Brancusi

  • The flowering of geometry.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Society needs a good image of itself. That is the job of the architect.

~ Walter Gropius

  • Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together.

~ Mies van der Rohe

  • An arch never sleeps.

~ Hindu proverb

  • An architect never sleeps.

~ Brent Thompson

  • Develop an infallible technique and then place yourself at the mercy of inspiration.

~ Ralph Rapson

  • The reality of the building does not consist in the roof and walls, but in the space within to be lived in.

~ Lao-Tzu

  • Good architecture lets nature in.

~ Mario Pei

  • Architecture should be dedicated to keeping the outside out and the inside in.

~ Leonard Baskin

  • Early in life I had to choose between arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • No house should ever be on a hill, or on anything. It should be of the hill. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • How can we expect our students to become bold and fearless in thought and action if we encase them in sentimental shrines feigning a culture which has long since disappeared?

~ Walter Gropius

  • The house does not frame the view: it projects the beholder into it.

~ Harwell Hamilton Harris

  • Architecture is space structured to serve man and to move him.

~ Etienne Gaboury

  • Take nothing for granted as beautiful or ugly, but take every building to pieces, and challenge every feature. Learn to distinguish the curious from the beautiful. Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind. ‘Think simples’ as my old master used to say – meaning to reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.

~ Eero Saarinen

  • In speculative buildings, which is most of our business, there are really only three chances to make architecture: the lobby or entrance sequence, the top and the elevator cab.

~ Chao-Ming Wu

  • A house is a machine for living.

~ Buckminster Fuller

  • A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

  • The White House was designed by Hoban, a noted Irish-American architect, and I have no doubt that he believed by incorporating several features of the Dublin style he would make it more homelike for any President of Irish descent. It was a long wait, but I appreciate his efforts.

~ John F. Kennedy

  • Genius is personal, decided by fate, but it expresses itself by means of system. There is no work of art without system.

~ Le Corbusier

  • We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

~ Winston Churchill

  • I call architecture ‘petrified music’.

~ Goethe

  • Form ever follows function.

~ Louis H. Sullivan

  • The purpose of a structure is to meet our needs, the purpose of architecture is to thrill us.

~ Brent Thompson

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Retail Architect | Celebration Town Center

Los Angeles, USA
142,000 SF

Retail Architect
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In the past twenty years, LA has been enriched by the addition of a number of outstanding pedestrian scaled public places. Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, as well as the Grove in Midtown and Universal’s CityWalk are unforgettable gathering places for shopping, eating, entertainment.

LA natives, newcomers and tourists alike flock to these spaces. Expectations are high as people have come to desire and demand the environments these places create. For the most part, however, these places are regional, not community based. The vast majority of Angelenos must drive over an hour to one of these places, and thus there exists the opportunity to build community based retail centers.

The prototypical CELEBRATION provides the exciting environment people have come to expect for shopping, dining and entertainment, right in their community. A quality experience is no longer restricted to weekends. It is now available on a daily basis – and weekends too.

GlobalDesign’s design is loaded with visual energy, and strategically conceived to create an energetic public space that generates the maximum productivity for each lease space.

Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.

Mixed-use | Swan Center

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
150,000 m²

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Mixed-use | China is moving, Bin Hai is moving, Tanggu is moving, the Haihe River is moving. The Tanggu Swan is figurative language in built form. Our design seeks to attract, gather and intensify the energy of central Tanggu to create the single most energetic spot in the New Bin Hai Development Area.

The Tanggu Swan features a dramatically proportioned hotel tower which, paired with a new tower across the street, will create the gateway for Tanggu’s primary retail street. The height of the hotel is accentuated by the project’s four residential towers, which step down in height as they approach the hotel tower. Opposite the four towers are two curvilinear mid-rise buildings residential buildings featuring sky gardens complete with swimming pools.

Sliding between these the residential towers and the mid-rise buildings is the retail and entertainment core of the project. This curving walk street is anchored at one end by the towering hotel, and at the other by a domed entertainment plaza, an anchor retailer and an anchor entertainment center.

The Tanggu Swan will create an exciting gathering place for Tanggu and the Bin Hai District.

Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.

Resort Architect | 2018 Winter Olympics

Gangwon-Do, South Korea
10,000,000 m²

Resort Architect
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We are proud to announce that the GDW master planned Alpensia Resort Village, in South Korea’s Pyeonchang region, won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics with a decisive win over rivals Munich of Germany and Annecy of France.

In the mountainous center of the Korean peninsula there is a beautiful place appropriately named Peace Valley. Our clients asked us to create Alpensia in this valley, a resort unlike any other in Korea as well as facilities to support Korea’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The InterContinental Hotel Group has recently announced that they will operate Alpensia’s three main hotels - a luxury resort hotel and two family hotels.

GlobalDesign Workshop’s design creates the critical mass necessary to make a major international resort successful. Based on the resort village concept recently rediscovered in North America, continually enjoyed in Europe, and now deployed in Asia, the village includes an energetic combination of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and condominiums. The concentration of energy and facilities this concept generates has the additional benefit of leaving much of the beautiful site untouched.

Seasonality is one of the biggest challenges faced by the tourism industry. Thus, we have incorporated a host of year around activities, including a wellness center, a year around board hill, an indoor water park and an outlet shopping village.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

Retail Architect | Promenades Retail Pavilion

TEDA, Tianjin, China
80,000 m²

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Retail Architect | The TEDA Promenades Retail Pavilion demanded a bold form befitting its prominence as the primary anchor for the overall Promenades development. Yet retail requires distinctive districts and stores. Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity.

In response, we created boldly expressive architecture, a metaphorical waterfowl in flight, with subtle nods to Chinese culture. The strong, overall form is constructed of six unique and individual retail districts, varied in colors, materials, lighting, scale, architectural detail; and distinct in retail, dining or entertainment category. Each district is unique.

Contrast is again one of the primary design principals used; district to district and within each district’s hard and soft surfaces, new and old, cool and warm materials; contrasting details and patterns.

The Retail Pavilion is an energetic place that is always changing and current. It is constructed of translucent media walls that filter and texture sunlight by day, then become canvases painted with media and lights by night.

Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.

Residential Architect | TEDA Towers

TEDA, Tianjin, China

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Residential Architect | Our design for the residential towers for TEDA, in Tianjin, China, focuses on two principles. First, the desire to create towers that make a bold statement and communicate at a glance the spirit of our client, TEDA. Second, the need to create a pragmatic solution to a down to earth challenge. Housing is an architectural discipline that must address the most pragmatic of needs, including sun orientation and views.

While these principles are superficially at odds with one another, resolving this conflict resulted in the most compelling of solutions.

The form of these buildings is decisive and expressive, yet every unit has a southern exposure, an abundance of glass, and a stunning view. The result is quite compelling.

Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.

Transportation Architect | Boat Terminal

Aphae-do, South Korea
15,000 m²

Transportation Architect
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The Aphae Port Boat Terminal will be the primary point of departure for all guests traveling to the resorts we are designing for the Sinan Diamond area, an archipelago of nearly 1000 islands near the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula. The architecture of the port facilities transitions guests from urban to island. Beyond that, the structures are particularly figurative. Strong forms, crafted of rusted Core-ten steel, are heavily influenced by the work of the internationally acclaimed artist Richard Serra. The buildings suggest boat and ship bows when seen from the water, fish forms when seen from the air.

Facilities include the passenger terminal, ferry landing, hotel, marina and support areas. Long-term parking will be centralized at parking structures located in the center of the site, while short term parking will be provided adjacent to the terminal building. Long-term guests will be transported from parking to terminal by a monorail train.

Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.

Entertainment Design | Time Warner

New York, USA
40,000 SF

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Entertainment Design | Shortly after AOL bought Time Warner, they asked us to create a bricks and mortar place for visitors to experience AOL Time Warner. People knew where to find AOL in cyberspace - our challenge was to create a home for them in human space.

We sought to build a space of media, a space always current, always active, continually moving.

Our design for the AOL Time Warner Experience, located on the ground floor of New York City’s Time Warner Center, included a wide variety of interactive and multimedia exhibits, as well as live TV studios.

More important, however, were the ground breaking ideas our team developed while working on this project. Never before had media been so integrated with architecture that it became architecture. The forms became ethereal, the media became architectural. When they met in the middle, they created a remarkable space.

Entertainment Design | International expert master planners and architectural designers of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.

Mixed-use | Aphae-do RD+E

Aphae-do, South Korea
1,000,000 m²

Mixed-use
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Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave.

The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored.

The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae.

People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic.

Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.

Urban Design | Blossom Tanggu Park

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
740,000 m²

Urban Design
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The City of Tanggu is the home of the port of Beijing and Tianjin. Under its young and forward looking leadership, Tanggu is emerging from the shadow of those two great cities, creating a presence of its own. The mayor of Tanggu asked us to create a park and a sculptural icon at the city’s entrance that would immediately communicate to all those arriving both the spirit of the city, and the quality of life it provides.

The icon, Blossom Tanggu, combines the beauty of a flower blossom and the power of a rising wave. Both are metaphors for surging potential, while the combination of strength and beauty are particularly powerful in China.

The park furthers these metaphors, reminds visitors of the city’s seaside presence, and includes a plethora of activities to ensure that it will always be filled with people, thus communicating the city’s quality of life.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.

Resort Architect | Aphae-do Resort

Aphae-do, South Korea
12,000,000 m²

Resort Architect

Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave.

The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored.

The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae.

People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

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Urban Design | Blossom Tanggu Sculpture

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China

Urban Design
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The City of Tanggu is the home of the port of Beijing and Tianjin. Under its young and forward looking leadership, Tanggu is emerging from the shadow of those two great cities, creating a presence of its own. The mayor of Tanggu asked us to create a park and a sculptural icon at the city’s entrance that would immediately communicate to all those arriving both the spirit of the city, and the quality of life it provides.

The icon, Blossom Tanggu, combines the beauty of a flower blossom and the power of a rising wave. Both are metaphors for surging potential, while the combination of strength and beauty are particularly powerful in China.

The park furthers these metaphors, reminds visitors of the city’s seaside presence, and includes a plethora of activities to ensure that it will always be filled with people, thus communicating the city’s quality of life.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.

Entertainment Design | The Grove

Anaheim, California
14,000 SF

Entertainment Design | The Grove was originally created as a classic dinner theater called Tinseltown, home to an Academy Awards show that let visitors from around the world experience a night at the Oscars.

The exterior architecture is based on the classic Warner Bros. Studios sound stages in Burbank, California. It captures the glamour of Hollywood’s glory years. The interior is resplendent with Art Deco architecture, suggesting to guests the grand cinema palaces of those same glorious years.

Entertainment Design | Entertainers expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.

Town Center Planner | Bon Carré

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
1,000,000 SF

Town Center Planner
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Our work on Bon Carré was as much a social movement as it was a master planning and retail design exercise. Bon Marché, a once booming mall on what was then the outskirts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had become an inner city wasteland as the city grew past the old mall. The mall became home to the highest crime rate in the city.

Additionally, the people of Baton Rouge frequently complain that the town has no center, no place to walk.

We addressed both of these issues by creating an upscale town center, complete with a million dollar park, right in front of the newly christened Bon Carré. The idea was to bring the “gentry” back to declare the area safe, allowing the middle class to reoccupy the mall as well as the new town center.

Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.

Urban Design | DecoCity Urban Plan

Chengdu, China
709,000 m²

Urban Design
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One the edge of Chengdu, GlobalDesign is creating a concept for uniquely engaging riverfront new city. The Client’s program called for a thoroughly Art DecoCity and GDW has thoroughly researched the best examples of the style. DecoCity celebrates the Deco movement.

GDW focused on two planning of our urban planning principles, quality of life and unique identity. With its active city center, parks and gathering places, places that laud nature and extol sport and radial arrangement of canals and pedestrian pathways, DecoCity celebrates living.

DecoCity’s unique identity goes beyond style. From the “Rising Sun” form determinate suggestive of China’s place in the world, to formal Deco geometry, and typically Deco skyline, DecoCity redefines urban branding.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

The two primary goals for a truly sustainable city are, without question, quality lifestyle and identity. Why? When one puts political agendas aside, it is obvious that the single largest commitment of environmental resources required of a city is the construction of the city itself. A city that is loved, that people enjoy living in and are proud to call home is a city that will remain intact for generations.

Ironically, cities and the structures they are made of are typically awarded sustainability points for the ease of which they can be recycled. We believe that this is a fallacy. We wonder why a well designed city should have reason to be recycled. Searching the annals of history, we are aware of no city that provided quality of life, no city that made its residents proud, that was subsequently subjected to the rigors of recycling. Not, in any event, without the help of an invading enemy army!

This is not to say that we reject all the principles of sustainable city design. We simply find most redundant. Why is it necessary, for example, to award points based on transport? Moving people easily, effectively and pleasantly through a city has always been a major goal for planners (except, perhaps, during medieval times, when it was a greater concern to make it difficult for invaders to navigate city streets then for residents to easily move around).

A city that forces its residents to remain immobile or sit in traffic is not a city that provides quality of life. A city that makes circulation pleasant does, however, provide an enviable lifestyle. Should not the desire to create pleasant strolls and easy commutes be of paramount priority for the urban planner? Is not the process of awarding points for public transport directed more specifically to special interest lobbies than to those who will call a city their home?

We reject the notion of designing based on checklists created by academia and special interests. We favor cities designed for people. We reject the notion that people will work to preserve their city because of the ease of which it can be recycled. Instead, we seek to create places that capture the hearts of inhabitants.
A people proud of a city will maintain and preserve it, making sure the precious natural resources invested in its creation will benefit generations to come.