Every design project has a context. We believe that successful projects acknowledge and respond to that context, rather than fighting or ignoring it. Makes for a better outcome. Buildings are not islands, although some are considered that way. Perhaps our contextural mindset is an outgrowth of our experiences, and our travels. We feel that it results in bettter places.
In more urban contexts, we support what's been called 'new urbanism', although we don't consider it new; rather it's an acknowledgement that many older urban concepts are timeless, respond to basic societal needs, and are still valid.
MSA is a proud member of the Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and has worked on model projects such as South Main in Buena Vista and the Peak One Neighborhood in Frisco. These projects incorporate 'traditional neighborhood design', which encourages more walking, less driving, more social interaction, a better community feeling - better context.