Studio Weave are an RIBA Chartered Architecture Practice based in London. Together with our partners Architecture 00 [zero zero], we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. For each of our projects, we aim to craft an ever-evolving blend of joy, humour, investigation, and open-mindedness with technical precision. We are fascinated by play, and the process of designing playfully, and believe that play is important and functional, not merely an idle distraction.

Studio Weave are excited to be slowly getting to know Haverfordwest and becoming more familiar faces in the town. We are currently in the process of collecting our thoughts on how we can evolve the capital commission project for the town and developing a proposal that has the potential to seed and initiate further projects to develop in its wake. We are viewing this commission within the dynamic context of ‘the bigger picture’ of Haverfordwest and looking at the potential connections it might initiate, and the communal activity it might facilitate.

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As a practice we are fascinated by the powerful role that stories can play in design, both as a tool to generate innovative proposals, and as a way to engage with everyone surrounding a project including residents, consultants, and users, both grown-ups and children. As children we learn through stories and as we grow we communicate with the world through storytelling. Through stories we find our place in the world and discover how we might affect the world around us. Our shaping of the environment around us should aim to take into account the way we understand and make sense of the world. This is not limited to what we see, but encompasses all the senses, and is not limited to objective reason, but is complex and emotional. A story, or narrative, opens up these possibilities, allowing us to consider and therefore change or create all those

As part of this project we are in the process of developing a narrative for Haverfordwest town and using the process of storytelling to explore its future relationship with the Cleddau river.  As the project develops the narrative will constantly evolve as it is shared. New chapters and characters added in response to local ideas and imagination. We hope through this story a diverse and open conversation will develop and people will have the freedom to imagine and participate in the realisation of the proposal.

You can find out more about Studio Weave on their website: www.studioweave.com
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