Arcop's approach to the design and planning process
reflects a commitment to the pragmatic exploration
of real issues, the encouragement of broad participation
in, and understanding of the decision making process
and an appreciation of the technical feasibility
of implementation. To achieve these objectives,
Arcop structures the process to encourage the
continuous involvement of the various participants
throughout the design or plan evolution and decisionmaking.
This approach allows both the expert and non-expert
to come to grips with issues, become more aware
of the interests of each other, and to contribute
in a positive way to the crystallization of a
realistic design or plan of action.
Arcop has successfully used a cyclical process
to structure complex design and planning processes.
A dynamic interaction is achieved by the cycling
of the INFORMATION EVALUATION and DESIGN activities
throughout the entire process. The design becomes
a planning tool to elicit response from within
and beyond the professional team, exposing challenges
and opportunities and defining information requirements.
An important principle which Arcop emphasizes,
in both architectural and planning projects, is
the explicit delineation of the project infrastructure;
pedestrian movement spaces, other movement systems
and public amenities, which are then designed
as high quality spaces. In our experience, the
design and planning approach has proved very successful
in dealing with complex buildings and planning
problems. The result is designs and plans that
satisfy client requirements not only at the time
of conception, but also long after the execution
of the projects.