Complex oscillations of generosity

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‘Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.’ Albert Camus
PAD studio’s ‘Emerging Manifesto’ was first published online in late 2016. This process; identifying the core characteristics that define PAD Studio as an architectural practice, was facilitated by our mentor and collaborator Roger Tyrrell of CHORA.Giving voice to the Manifesto represented a pivotal moment in PAD Studio’s recent history. It helped us define the practice, our beliefs and critically, enabled us to convey this to our clients. It is this spirit of generosity and collaboration that we wish to focus upon in this Paper. It is important that our clients understand who we are, and our core values, and that they are willing to take part in the unfolding, yet unwritten journey of building. We like our clients to both inspire us and challenge our pre-conceptions and be our co-conspirators within the processes of design and delivery. We believe this makes our response to each project or challenge unique, grounded and appropriate and within such complex processes lay the oscillations of generosity.For PAD, the act of generosity is an integral part of the making of ‘home’ – which has been a focus of our practice for the last ten years. Our Manifesto gives voice to many issues that inform our practice such as place, ethics and speculation. These endeavors enable the studio to look inwards towards our own ethical values and look outwards towards the social, economic and physical landscape, which in turn invites external engagement and shapes our ethos.This engagement and collaboration, particularly with others, is the focus of this Paper, with emphasis on how this informs our work and impacts the way we teach. These complex oscillations of generosity add richness to the narrative that defines us.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018
EventGenerosity Conference - Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018


ConferenceGenerosity Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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