Deep and layered understandings of the places we work
As a practice founded in the deep belief that developing multiple understandings of the places we work in and sharing those understandings as being an essential part of any projects, analytic skills and tools are key.
These skills haven been developed over two decades of the practice with increasing understanding to the value of collecting and curating different forms of analysis into our work. These different forms are as diverse as physical engagement, intuition, stories and now more recently, knowledge gained through computational means. Now, technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) are used to process, visualise and export spatial data retrieved from various agencies included data set provided by government
While the direct experience of the site itself will always remain a central part of a TERROIR project, harnessing GIS allows us to search, compared, edit and overlay both spatial and non-spatial data and to share these findings in the form of comparative maps.
GIS information has the advantage of high accuracy, meaning that maps can capture minute geographical features such as land and water features upon which information can be layered onto. This allows for an in-depth understanding of a site as we visually understand the relationship between elements such as topography, vegetation, land use, public amenities and heritage but also less immediately spatial information such as demographic data such as age, cultural mix or job density.