This chapter deals with the understanding of our architecture’s part that deals with material, form and technology:
To “robin-hood” architecture means to show the beauty of simple and free material to those who can’t afford designer buildings.
That’s why we want our buildings to become surprising miracles made of ordinary, underestimated, neglected, unnecessary or disturbing things - like water to wine!
In places of low general wealth, we normally identify a narrow range of applied resources and strategies to buildings. But possibilities are always much wider as we may guess by the built environment. Our work wants to detect future, alternative, traditional and forgotten architectural potential.
We pursue to contribute to the range of local building traditions by respectfully creating expositions that show the unlimited local architectural opportunities of the particular culture.
Every small building we are realizing is a research project to reinvent, reimerge, recycle, reuse, upcycle, reinterpretate or develope smart architectural solutions.
Those solutions are not entirely predictable from abroad but they need sensitive investigation on site.
“Robin-hooding” architecture empowers people to rebuild our low-tech examples. Therefore we share our research results with everybody so that the whole world can copy, develope, transform, adapt and learn from it. No secrets!
We want our small buildings to tell different stories about the innovation, collaboration and passion which makes this architecture possible. Those architectural stories may eventually contribute to reconsider the value of certain resources and they may inspire with particular “socio-economic” alternatives regarding for example waste, sanitation, transport, energy, as well as natural and free availability of things.