OBDL is a transdisciplinary design team that researches, creates and supports design strategies to improve the quality of life for communities in need and the natural environmental systems of which they are a part.
We are committed to expanding the role of architecture to include not only the tangible natural + built physical environments, but also the less visible and often intangible contexts that support them. By overlaying these equally important political, cultural, ecological, social and economic contexts, OBDL investigates how to strengthen their existing choreographies and how to sponsor new linkages and opportunity among them.
Working with communities, OBDL invents potential short and long-term improvement strategies capable of responding to changing seasons, needs, and desires of the community. The emphasis is on process over formal product and collaborative exchange between community + OBDL over a singular vision. OBDL believes in empowering communities to be able to sustain themselves and in fostering an inclusive environment that provides opportunity for new ways of thinking, learning, making, and hopefully, changing the world.