It's in our name (SPARCHI = Studio of Progressive Architecture) so it has to mean something special!
The evolution of common architectural housing styles and form seems to be a slow-moving process with very few new ideas from one year to the next. In so many cities, towns and their suburbs, housing is often very repetitive, if not in exact form, definately in style. Convenience, lack of interest, lack of design awareness, and pressure to serve up simplified endlessly recycled built product to meet mass-market demand produces urban environments that typically become anonomous and characterless. Built form is central to the problem, but it is also the solution...
Even though we are well into the 21st Century, it really is a new age with entirely new ways of looking at how we live, how our communities function and what we can expect (or would like) the places we call home to be. There are just as many new and emerging technologies in building and new directions in design as there are in consumer and lifestyle items, and that is where we consider the idea of Progressive Architecture sits.
Design isn't a thing that stays the same in any case, it's dynamic, moving, always building on what has gone before. The idea of Progressive Architecture is architecture that moves the existing boundaries and seeks better creative ideas and better ways of doing things into the future based on how we see and feel the way we would like to live.
There have been great times that architecture advanced like the 'Modernist' architecture of the early 20th Century and the currently popular 'Mid Century Modern' revival. These advances were awesome in their speed of influencing change at their time, and those ideas have never really left the arena of possibilities for Architects work. The challenge is to take proven ideas and an awareness of those important architectural periods and advance them forward, develop them, 'progress' them to be even better architecture for the future.
We always say that what we design and build now is the built legacy for future generations. So that's why we look at architecture and the way we design with a future perspective, building on the best ideas, using the best technologies and materials and exploring what, at the very least, the near-future can be. That is making progress forward in design, that is the work we do in our Studio every day for our clients, and Progressive Architecture is what we love to create.
With that however, we consider it is also up to the client and the public in general to ask for better, ask for unique, demand great design and inspirational places. If people don't care about these things, then we are destined for more mundane, monotonous and soulless suburbs, and that is just opportunties lost...
Lets make the future proud!