January 2017 - Social Impact
Does architecture change the world? That’s a tricky question. We are convinced that buildings, and the way we build them, deliver an important contribution to a more beautiful and better world. For millennia, the value of architecture is not only beauty, but also usability and durability. The strength lies in the combination of these aspects.
The last few years, we experience that not only the social effects of the buildings that we make matter. We notice that the way we come to a design and then a building - by working together with users, residents and clients - contributes to a cohesive society. A neighborhood where people know each other already before they move in, is more likely to become a sustainable society. By engaging into conversation in an early stage, residents and users are able to influence the design and become the ambassadors which will make the project a success. If we are looking for a particular user for an important building in the city, such as the City Hall in Amsterdam, we bring together all kinds of initiators, who eventually also start special initiatives together elsewhere in the city. That's what we call Social Impact.
With kind regards,
Bert van Breugel and Tako Postma