Richard’s thesis is that buildings are agents for change. The questions we should ask of existing buildings and any proposed interventions, whether green-field, brown-field, conversions or alterations is:
What does this built asset do to sustain?
How can the sustaining qualities of the asset be maximised? Or conversely damaging qualities minimised?
What does it contribute as a part of the bigger system?
How does it change that system?
This built environment is not a static system. The positive and negative impacts of buildings will change over time and must be seen in the context of the wider environment. This environment is multi-dimensional.