Kuma Words 4

Kuma Words 4

Projects which accumulate smaller units into a larger whole, much like a cloud, or ‘kumo’, are underway in a number of places. Even on complex projects with many restrictions, if we can achieve the appropriate ‘smallness’ of the basic unit, then we can exploit space which would otherwise be lost. This follows the wisdom of insects, thriving in locations around the world. Because insects are small, they behave freely even in limited places. Their smallness is the key to their survival, especially in the harshest environments. Additionally, given their smallness, insects are said to be the most resilient creatures in the global environment as they can quickly adapt to their ever more dynamic surroundings.

We were recently awarded First Place in Geneva’s International Development Studies Graduate School competition. We came to a solution that the dormitory and other facilities for the students should be designed around one autonomous street. Young people from all over the world will congregate here, using this semi-outdoor, flexible space for the free exchange of ideas; for communication and collaboration.