Process

MSP’s working process reflects our global understanding of the realities of contemporary urban landscapes and the public realm. It invariably involves a diversity of urban actors: group interests, social, cultural, economic and political forces interacting to produce the space of the city. This requires a collaborative spirit and the ability to encourage dialogue amongst the different viewpoints so that the various demands that must be mediated through the design become transparent.

MSP evolves the project from the inside out is through the inclusive participatory design charrette with the clients and stakeholders. This design charrette is a high energy rapid brainstorming process that allows everyone on equal footing to hash out the project issues and concerns towards envisioning possible outcomes. The result of this energetic exchange culminates in a consensus regarding a basic direction or framework which becomes the underpinning of further development by MSP.

MSP invests this collaborative process with their signature, innovative, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking for which their landscapes are reknown. Our creativity depends upon challenging conventions that limit the ways in which we imagine how people can live in cities and what look and feel these places should have. Rather than designing for the lowest common denominator as so frequently occurs where there are many vested interests, MSP always manages to raise the bar and find a way towards a fresh concept and an expressive landscape that gratifies the stakeholders often in surprising ways.