Main idea of all projects of buTa is that each city, village or compound is a complex structure of paths, infrastructure, residential areas, working spaces, leisure places and hide outs, city centres or ceremonial grounds and various architectural features. Each individual adds to the built environment by living in and using a city or village. Thus, each city or village will be shaped by this process and help make it a distinct place with a special identity. As a consequence, buTa looks carefully at a certain society and investigates the cultural specifica, the social relations or the spatial patterns and reacts in the design to these implications. It is the aim of buTa to create new strucutres that blend well into the existing environment – although using a contemporary architectural language.
Vernacular architecture has developed over centuries with each generation updating the buildings and environments. Thus lots of knowledge about life, landscape and economy is embedded in these structures. buTa uses these structures as a point of departure and develops contemporary architecture and urban design from these origins. With this, buTa adds to the local heritage.
Each building is linked to its surrounding environment. Therefore, it is important to link the inside of a building to its outside. The spatial configuration of a city or village plays an important role for the building, the inside layout and function of the building plays an important role for the urban fabric. The designs of buTa respect this relation and build on it.
The main concern of buTa is the combination of research and design of the built environment and its society. This includes the fields of urban design, town planning, architecture and design. buTa works in an international context where the culture, society and spatial pattern of the project area is of core importance to foster civic pride and cultural heritage for the society. For the projects in India, Africa, the Near East and Europe cultural cells of each community are delineated and later incorporated into the design proposal. Thus, research plays an important role before the design process starts.
buTa works in an international context. All members have lived and worked in many different European and Non-European countries, buTa´s mambers have a vast experience in building and designing environments in Asia, Africa, the Near East and many European countries.
Investigations of all sorts are playing an important role in the work of buTa. It is a key characteristic of buta to design proposals for cities and buildings founded on the deep understanding of the environment. Many of the theoretical approaches are undertaken by third- party fundings, by which it is possible to delineate more fundamental outcomes, too. Many of the theoretical approaches are published as books or as articles in international journals.
buTa uses a great variety of methods to investigate human interaction in the built environment, one being art. Drawings, paintings, photo sequences or short videos reveal the sense of a place, the emotions of the people. Therefore, drawings as a means of investigation is a core element for buTa.
Therefore, buTa also is involved in curating exhibitions around the world, from India to Europe.
buTa´s projects are located in Europe, South-East Asia, Near and Far East and Arfica. To understand the particular context in debth, scholars of various disciplines are included in the work of buTa, ranging from architecture, town planning, urban design, anthropology, sociology, architectural history, philosophy, landscape design and many more.
buTa designs architecture and proposes urban designs. They are based on the theoretical engagement of buTa and partners. The results of the designs go back to theory and breed new questions; the process goes on and on and on.