A  PERCEPTION OF PLACE IS MUCH MORE THAN  FUNCTIONAL.  UNDERSTANDING REQUIRES DELVING INTO PERCEPTIONS , MEMORIES, AND IN AFFECT RECOGNISES THAT THERE IS OFTEN AN IDEALIZATION OF PLACE, EVEN AS THE PHYSICAL SPACE BEGINS TO DIFFER FROM THE IDEA WE HOLD DEAR. 

SO OFTEN OLD PLACES AND BUILDINGS LOSE THEIR ESSENTIAL CHARACTER: WITH MODERNISATION, INTERVENTION AND ADAPTATION TO MODERN USE,  AND AS NO ONE TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOOKING INTO WHAT MAKES A PLACE SPECIAL. 

THE UNIQUE OFFER HUGO HARDY BRINGS TO A PROJECT IS PRESERVATION, RE-CONFIGURATION, ADAPTATION, RE-USE, COUPLED WITH THE SENSITIVE  INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW; NOT ONLY WITHOUT THE LOSS OF THE SENSE OF THE PARTICULAR BUT WITH THE EXPRESS GOAL  FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF WHAT IS SPECIAL, THE UNLOCKING OF WHAT IS INHERENT.

 

 

 
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THE GHOSTS OF SETTLERS FARMSTEADS ARE NESTLED IN THE FORESTED HILLS AND VALLEYS OF EASTERN NOVA SCOTIA; ON LONG WALKS THESE FI NDS IMPRESSED UPON ME A FEELING OF ABSENCE TEMPERED BY THE VISUAL REMINDER OF LOST CULTURED FORMS AND A RELATIONSHIP WITH MAN AND THE LANDSCAPE. FROM LAIDENED EARTHEN BANKS DRY STACKED WALLS GLIMPSED, BITTER APPLES GREW IN ORCHARDS LONG LOST AMONGST THE EVERGREEN WILD. DAMP EARTHEN PITS FI LLED WITH THE REMNANTS OF ROTTING TIMBERS WERE INITIALLY OBSTACLES THAT IN GROUPINGS REVEALED THEMSELVES AS BASEMENTS, ALONG LANES, WITH YARDS. COMMUNITIES SWALLOWED BY THICKET AND DENSE WOOD.

 ARCHITECTURE FOR ME HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT PEOPLE AND THE MEMORIES AND TRACES THAT INFORM OUR ACTIONS TODAY.