Tree line is where trees stop growing in the alpine mountain heights due to cold temperatures. Metaphors are used to convey ideas with the aid of symbols, stories, or myths. We use metaphor to express our thoughts and share lessons learned from our projects. 
TreeLINE is our metaphor for recognizing the limits of nature to sustain life on earth.

LIFE IS FRAGILE, HANDLE IT WITH CARE

We need to change our wasteful habits of consumption and instead embrace sustainable ways of living on this planet. Dependence on technology and science alone has paved the way for focusing primarily on a single goal.  Architecture must deal with multitude of concerns to enhance our enjoyment of buildings and cities, and to maintain the important balance between the natural and man-made environments. Science is now evolving and opening new doors for a holistic approach to living on this planet in harmony with nature and others.


Loghman Azar

WE ARE ONE

“I is me Not, Nor, me is I.” - Rumi (Translation by Loghman Azar)


We hope that soon, everyone will choose to preserve the natural environment by designing and building responsibly, with care and attention to natural features, terrain and topography; Beautiful mountains, snowcapped, rugged or sandy hills. Rivers from where life itself started traveling tirelessly to sea, where we all meet. Plant life and trees, so precious, give us the breathing air. Wild life, animal species, dogs and lions, seals and birds, elephants too, we love you all. These words do not resonate alone, repeat it with us, biodiversity and balance in the natural world will guide us all.


In the man-made world, it should be normal practice when designing our buildings to examine the micro and macro ecosystem and ensure that no potential conflict with nature may be caused by our construction activities. Instead of moving rivers, hills, cliffs and trees to make way for new subdivisions, we should use our powerful technology and know-how to better place our buildings in the landscape, in harmony with nature. The results will be less costly and better environments.


Loghman Azar

TAKE LESS 

 “Less Is More” - Associated with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

 

New hazards are found in this world every year. Why is it that we need a scientist with a PhD to explain the hazardous substances in our daily food, drugs, and environment? New substances found may even border at science fiction. In a world where many chemicals and drugs prove to be harmful despite their initial promise; we are better off to consume less and take only that which is necessary.


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WASTE NOT  

 “Cleaning our waste is too costly and we pay for it” 

 

Imagine if we did not produce that which cannot be recycled or reused. Imagine a world that did not produce hazardous chemicals, and pollutants. Imagine a world free of unwanted things, or throw-away. There is no waste in nature and no throw-away because there is no place in nature called "away". Littering of everyday items would be acceptable since they would decay and be used as nutrients for plant life; similar to an apple which left on the ground, decays and provide nutrition for plants. Could it be possible that before producing new things, we could first convert, recycle, retrofit and reuse things we already have? Cars, houses, TV’s, refrigerator, toys, equipment, trains and airplanes could be recycled and reused in some form or shape if we thought that is what we should do.


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SHARING IS WEALTH 

”What we have is ours to give, and what we give is ours to keep”

 

Pyramids are gifts to learn from because they represent an immaterial concept which is expressed in the most material form. The ancient Egyptians believed, in death, they would pass into another world and become immortal. Pyramids were built to serve as burial for kings, although the reason for their shape and immense size is not yet fully known.  Pyramids are symbols for ideas and innovations that are limited only by imagination.


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SAVE THIS PLANET 

 “We cannot survive in outer space, or reach other planets where we could”

 

We are living in a world endowed with powerful technologies that can remove mountains, fill valleys, dry seas and flood plains. We should use these technologies instead to design and build sustainable and energy efficient architecture, and beautiful cities that are in harmony with nature. The results would be cleaner, safer, and more economical. Fortunately, we do not have to spend more to make sustainable buildings; we just need to design them more intelligently. The same money spent on a conventional building can buy an energy efficient building. For more advanced buildings with higher performance design, the cost of extra features can be paid for by the savings gained as a result of reduction in the costs of a conventional systems. 


Savings in reduced maintenance costs over the life span of a building can make sustainable buildings more economical to operate and more attractive in a competitive market. The conventional designs based on "business as usual" can be replaced with innovative design alternatives utilizing natural systems and capturing or tapping into the powers of sun, air, water and earth (S.A.W.E).


Loghman Azar

DO NOT STOP LOOKING FOR ANSWERS 

“Discoveries are abundant joy and life is full of mysteries”

 

S.A.W.E stands for Sun, Air, Water and Earth. In ancient times, these were referred to as four elements of life. It was thought that life in this world will not be possible in the absence of any one of these four elements. It is still a valid notion today and our advances in technology alone cannot change the fact that we still need Sun to nurture us, Air to breath, Water to drink and Earth to give us food and shelter. In addition to these four physical elements, there is always a fifth element, our spirituality, a glue that connects the body, mind and soul.


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IMAGINE A NEW WORLD WITH HorizonVisionTM

“Bring nature to our cities, and cities to nature"

 

This is not as easy as it sounds, but again it is our future survival on this planet which is at stake. Science tends to separate us from nature, now it can serve us to blend into it. Science can reveal what there is already, art, however, can imagine what there is to be. No more separation from nature but integration, like all other living beings. Think about nature, it is a good teacher to learn from in reaching a balance for Living In Natural Environments. We can now build cities that can regenerate like nature does: accept biodiversity, change but not destroy, adapt but not reject, mitigate but not separate, enhance but not demolish. 


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HorizonCityTM CREATES THE LONGEST RANGE POSSIBLE PLAN

“HorizonCityTM is a place where dreams and imagination merge”

 

To the human eye, the horizon appears as a line where land and sky meet.   

We are responsible for well-being of this planet and the future generations.  HorizonCityTM is a new design and planning model for our cities. We need new design and planning directives concerned with the longest possible future horizon.


Loghman Azar

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