The Third Idea

The Third Idea

Our collective creativity is truly greater than the sum of individual contributions. We generate rich and meaningful design collaboratively. By fostering imagination and innovation, and by engaging directly with our partners, we build teams that inspire a “Third Idea.” It is this “Third Idea” that can make the difference between projects that are ordinary, and those that are extraordinary.

  • The Use of Wood in Transit
  • The Right Size Parking Project
  • Rainier Vista Community Farm
  • We pioneered the use of wood in transit design, showcasing regional materials and supporting local industry while creating visual warmth on the station platform environment.
  • Performance issues relating to wood were addressed by establishing clear rules for its application, so that each element was: 1) used out of touch; 2) dimensionally stable; 3) out of direct weather; and 4) non-combustible, in order to achieve the planned 50 year life of the stations.
  • The RSP project coordinates with developers, jurisdictions, and neighborhoods to accurately estimate the optimum amount of parking for new multifamily developments.
  • Parking is optimized when it strikes the correct balance between supply and demand.
  • With our client, we are holding region-wide conversations about the barriers to reducing parking supply and developing a set of strategies to more appropriately accommodate demand.
  • This project’s challenge was to create weather shelters for a non-profit community farm, minimizing cost while creating opportunities for volunteer construction labor.
  • Our design response was to utilize salvaged and found materials such as wood shipping palettes that could be bolted together using low-tech tools and attachments.  This approach resulted in a design that not only features the interesting texture and rhythm of the wood but also creates a place with an inherited history from the travels of its elements.