Design includes architectural design, urban design, streetscape design, and landscape design. Urban Design, which is a focus of entelechy's design practice, very deliberately addresses architectural, streetscape, and landscape considerations as its core, but also considers the psychological and social implications of a design decision. Codes, standards, and guidelines are tools from which urban design is implemented.
Our approach to urban design begins as a dual investigation of the site at a micro level, as well an understanding of its context at a macro level. Urban design is very much about the relationship of buildings to the spaces they embrace; first and foremost creating the physical place. But there is much more. Urban Design is also an understanding of building typologies and densities, landscape, and transport systems; and how by relating these parts, a place is created. Deciding whether these elements of the urban place are to be juxtaposed or in harmony, and to what level, is part of the design process. The designer must intrinsically envision what a future place may be and how it will be used based on the relationship of buildings to outdoor spaces - whether its vision is to be a dynamic and lively place, or calm and reflective.
Streetscape design begins with an understanding of the context, whether an urban retail street, residential street or highway corridor. Elements of interest are incorporated for all users, beginning first and foremost with the pedestrian, but also considering the perspective of a vehicle or transit user. A specific kit-of-parts is identified, a palette that respects the vision, the brand and maintenance realities of each project. We understand the importance of project phasing due to budget constraints and of implementation scheduling and coordination within existing environments.
We create memorable and lasting parks, plaza, memorials, and pastoral landscapes each calibrated to the specific site, uses, and the potential experiential level of the user. Landscapes can be active or passive, experienced from within or at a distance. Every landscape must be designed with four seasons in mind. We incorporate a sustainable approach to the selection of materials, from utilizing local and regional stone to the incorporation of recycled products. A sustainable approach is also utilized in plant material selection. It must respect the regional context and respond to the vision for the place. We work intimately with engineers, architects and irrigation designers throughout the design process to create lasting impressions in every place we create.