Published: Monday, May 07, 2007
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PEG office of landscape + architecture (formerly Sharpe Architects) was founded in 2003 by Karen M'Closkey, Jeff Sharpe and Keith VanDerSys. The firm has recently received three AIA awards, placed in two competitions, and has been published in both national and international journals. Their work spans from small-scale interior environments to medium institutional and large-scale landscapes and is currently involved in several higher education and commercial landscape projects in Michigan, South Carolina, and Texas.
"Operating between scales, we seek to create a dynamic understanding of context as factors of time and material rather than any formal model. The first -- extensive -- concerns the way in which the inherent material instability of landscape is used as a medium for design. This requires structuring process frameworks which can adapt and transform over time as surrounding forces change. Material and programmatic instability, though inherent, are unrecognizable at this scale because change occurs over an extended duration. Therefore structure and form are mutable determinations; loosely designed tactics of maintenance subject to only partial control. The second - intensive - investigates how these process dominant models can work through the specific material of architecture. Design of small scale environments offers total aesthetic control of the work. This complex interface between architecture and technology thus opens up a different form of instability which in turn affects architecture's programmatic imperatives."
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