Making. Making do. Making Good. Making Last. Making Better


This is a manifesto on making, a cry for humans all to urgently become involved in being makers of their surroundings, and in this regard how making involves everything that was previously made. Making as an anthropological act, making as a collective act, making as a social act. Re-making the balance between the produced and the natural must be the highest priority.

Djernes & Bell always ask ‘ Are we being good ancestors?’ Do our actions today support what happened before and will happen after? 

We belive that resilience can be learned and made by prioritizing what already exists: built, material, human and natural and by considering how best to make good, make last and make better. 

Djernes & Bell have extensive experience with adaptive reuse, restoration and transformation of existing buildings and environments. 


Renew existing buildings


Prioritising upgrading existing buildings through careful renovation, restoration and adaptive reuse is one of the most sustainable contributions architects can make. 

It is imperative that we acknowledge the inherent value and beauty that is embodied in existing and historic buildings. They are artefacts of culture. 

We are specialised in working with existing buildings across a wide range of building typologies and project sectors. We aim to help our clients increase the value and positive impact of existing buildings.

Material Localism & Aesthetic Sustainability


Djernes & Bell believe that material culture has to be redefined if we are to achieve a sustainable built and material world. We need to consider longevity, weathering, localism, usefulness and cultural relevance. Materials should be considered for their local availability, and local contextural, climactic and cultural appropriateness.

Processes of production should likewise be locally appropriate and focussed towards craftsmanship, material value and carbon efficiency rather than mass-production for profit. Quality and longevity need to take over from profit extraction as the main parameters we evaluate what gets made. 






Mark