Art & Build develops each of its projects with a desire to make humans and their wellbeing the central focus; a desire to create architecture that is meaningful in relation to its immediate environment, whether geographical, historic, ecological, social, economic or cultural; a constant concern for the environment, incorporating the idea of "sustainable development" as a necessary conceptual focus by developing a long-term vision.
"ECO.TEAM" is the art & build' internal centre of expertise that contributes its specialist knowledge of research and development to each project. Where necessary, this centre of expertise itself relies on a European network of authoritative experts in this field, built up over time through large-scale projects Art & Build has been involved in. Among other tools, the working methodology relies on a large database based on the "checklist for the sustainable overall management of Art & Build projects". The Eco.team methodological approach forms an integral part of the "Art & Build Quality Charter". Its purpose is to produce a sustainable reduction in a project's impact on the environment, minimising health risks and providing greater comfort for occupants
C2C IN ARCHITECTURE
The manifesto "C2C in Architecture" has been written by an international group of architects selected by the founders of the C2C paradigm, Michael Braungart and Bill McDonough, for their complementary approach to solving environmental challenges. The group is composed of Art & Build Architect (Belgium, France and Luxemburg), RAU architects (The Netherlands), A00 architects (China, Canada) and Zahn Architektur (Germany). OPAi, the oneplanetarchitecture institute, acts as chairman of the group.
This manifesto was written as an invitation to built environment related actors - designers, consultants, construction companies, material producers developers and investors - to join and commit. It is a call for the professional, political and academic world to share and invest, to innovate and work on an effective future.