One effort we are strongly dedicated to here at Brown Design Studio is the development of vibrant, sustainable, and walkable communities that not only support our client’s needs, but take into account overall betterment of the community as a whole. We are lucky to be part of an organization that promotes this vision and provides a network for like-minded architects and designers, the New Urban Guild.
At its core, the New Urban Guild aims to expand the concept of human-based architecture, through an architectural language that communicates with users directly, takes into account regional traditional patterns and widely understood concepts, and ultimately creates better places to live, work, and play.
(Left) A pedestrian friendly area alongside Oglethorpe Square in downtown Savannah, GA
(Right) Habersham Townhouses by Brown Design Studio, inspired by the classic row houses of Savannah – Habersham,SC
This past weekend, Eric Brown, principal of Brown Design Studio, hosted a 3-day conference in Savannah, Georgia with over 20 members of the New Urban Guild. The forum was an amazing opportunity to discuss the future of urbanism in architecture and design, explore both new and continuing efforts that initiate successful sense of ‘place’, and further develop this powerful network of influential designers and architects.
(right) Members of the New Urban Guild at a conference in Savannah, GA (January 2018)
One topic particularly touched on was technology, and how to positively integrate enduring design among new advances. The advancement of technology is one aspect in which architecture and design is constantly evolving, and the guild commits to a better future by diligently asking,
“What can this technology do for human spaces?”
“How can we utilize this in a way that focuses on the needs of the user?”
“How can this technology advance the architectural DNA of a place?”
Taking advantage of progressing technology through a humanistic lens enables the architect to build a more sustainable future, and anticipate future needs through the application of traditional design language that responds to learned habitual patterns.
These patterns range from universal to local – and designing responsible communities does not follow a one-size-fits-all solution. With 20 years of experience, BDS understands how to design urban unit types. These units must contribute to the urban fabric of a place and also be successful in a crowded marketplace. We work with proven unit typologies in single family, multi-family and mixed use. These units are then calibrated for local regional architectural patterns, traditions and methods.
(below) 38th St. infill project by Brown Design Studio – Savannah, GA
Brown Design Studio’s commitment to these values mirrors those shared by the New Urban Guild. Whether it is single family, multi family, or mixed use buildings, BDS aims to develop exciting architectural designs that embrace sustainability through community inclusion, and provide clients with a personal experience through a human-centered approach.
You can learn more about the mission and currentinitiatives of the New Urban Guild by visiting www.newurbanguild.com
If you want to know more about Brown Design Studio and how we can specifically implement urban consciousness into your vision – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org