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Listen > We believe communities and the people that make them have the answers to their own challenges. Through our collaborative and co-learning process to designing, we act as guides for the community to navigate the design process, while community members provide the design language, cultural and neighborhood level norms, and insight into key transport nodes, economic opportunities, recreational spaces, and spatial layout of the area. “We pay attention to how communities are already solving problems and overcoming challenges. We also listen to what what communities want and need in their architecture and implement what we hear to design and build places and homes together with the community”
 

Build > Architecture has the power to build barriers or to foster relationships. We believe community-based architecture can liberate and enable opportunity, growth, and commerce. Our design process builds the future into the present. Through our guided design process, we prompt communities to consider the future vision of their community, and what it would take to achieve this. We leverage our expertise in architecture to make this dream a reality through innovations in flexible yet resilient design, sourcing local materials where possible, and incorporating features that foster well-being, community, and relationships. 

Enable > As a human-centered design firm, our mission and vision is centered around changing the lives of disadvantaged communities, and we see the design process as being the enabler to carry this vision through.  Through our community design process, we leverage the creative and adaptive solutions communities are already employing, from local design and construction methods, to small scale entrepreneurship and manufacturing with the ultimate goal of enabling self-sustaining economic and community developing.