We Are Sour

We are an award-winning hybrid design studio, addressing social and urban problems through sustainable and inclusive methodologies.

“SOUR” encompasses our mission to take on social and urban issues, and also describes our attitude. We don’t shy away from challenges and we embrace discomfort. Like sourdough making, we take our time to research, synthesise and ideate in order to generate data-inspired, purposeful, and culture-specific design solutions.

We believe the world has spent enough time sugar coating — It’s time we get real, confront uncertainty, and be SOUR.
01/06

Social+Urban

We create concepts that address social and urban problems.
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It's our responsibility to design with purpose and build a better future.
02/06

Data-inspired

We conduct inclusive and collaborative research.
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We work with multidisciplinary experts and every one of our stakeholders to gather and assess global data.
03/06

Maker-Mind

We prototype what we design and build what we prototype.
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We explore fabrication in various typologies and scale to realize the full potential of our concepts.
04/06

Sustainable

We respect nature and nurture minds.
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Our designs employ sustainable methodologies that protect our environment and promote our well-being.
05/06

Open-Learning

We educate the public for the betterment of society.
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Our podcast, workshops and panel discussions share our exploratory research in an effort to inspire and encourage ideation.
06/06

Human-centric

We design future proof spatial experiences.
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We create unique, timeless experiences through adaptive, human-centric design.

PROCESS

To serve our mission, we believe human centric and community-led approaches that empower co-design are fundamental.

Co-design is an approach in which all stakeholders, consumers and users of products or services are involved in the design process as design partners. More than ever, we are in need of emergent practices and innovations that can address the problems we see in our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world that we live in today.  We can only achieve this by creating together with people with diverse lived experiences and professional backgrounds.

Read more about our process here.

TEAM

We are an international team of architects, designers, researchers and educators collaborating and co-creating with people with diverse professional and lived experiences.